Needleworkers no longer have to settle for what’s available at the local yarn shop! Alison Daykin and Jane Deane, who have decades of experience spinning, weaving, and dyeing, show how easy it can be to create personalized and gorgeous skeins of one-of-a-kind fibers. Designed for complete beginners, this attractive guide offers 30 beautiful projects that teach a repertoire of skills on both the hand spindle and spinning wheel. It starts with simple, basic combing, twisting, plying, and finishing, then goes on to offer a primer on working with fibers. All the chapters are organized by yarn type, including short wool and down, medium fine wool, long wool and lustre, hill and mountain, rare wool, animal hair, silk, and vegetable fiber.
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Alison Daykin is a trained textiles designer and runs her own company, producing bespoke hand woven fabrics for interiors. She leant to spin at school and has been teaching spinning, weaving and dyeing in adult education and privately since 1983. Jane Deane is a spinner, weaver, dyer and trained textiles designer with over 30 years experience. She runs a yarn and fibre dyeing service, working primarily with silk that she dyes with both natural and synthetic dyes, some of the fibre coming from her own silkworms.Review:
Spring 09 Alison Daykin and Jane Deane set out to encourage new and experienced spinners and knitters through beautiful visuals. Their book is filled with stunning, clear-focused photos of fibers, yarn, knitted swatches, and nature, with little narration. This is a book to keep near your wheel and allow it to lure you back into your spinning. Or keep the book on a coffee table to entice any visitors into our spinning world. My favorite photos are on the chapter division pages. Here they have taken close-up photos of the featured fiber, enlarging them tow or three times, filling the pages completely to the edges. Often I found myself sensing the softness of the fiber through the incredible depth of field in this photos. Each set of pages presents a new yarn/project idea, linked with an inspirational photo from nature. There are thirty in all. Each includes a small swatch as invitation to consider the minimally described knitting project. The spinning instructions are short and sometimes too simple, with frequent references to the first chapter on how to spin.The instruction section is so condensed that it's really not a beginner's book - except for its invitation into the world of spinning...I have owned this book since it was published, and still I am truly inspired looking at the photos of fibers, yarns, swatches and nature.-Patsy Sue Zawistoski Spin Off
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