Respect The Spindle, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Portable and productive, the hand spindle has been responsible for creating the world's yarn for millennia.

In Respect the Spindle, veteran spinner and spindle aficionado Abby Franquemont teaches spinners old and new how to create incredible yarn with this amazing, yet simple tool. Many contemporary spinners view the hand spindle as a beginner's tool, suited to learn the basic steps of spinning before moving on to a spinning wheel.

In Respect the Spindle, Abby emphasizes the spindle's importance and its use in making yarn in advanced ways for high-end to novelty cloth. The perfect how-to book for any spinner with a growing collection of spindles or even just a dowel, Respect the Spindle includes: Step-by-step photography with detailed illustrations, making the spindle spinning techniques clear to even the novice spinner. Techniques from the basics, such as getting started on the spindle, to more specialized techniques, such as using the spindle to make specific kinds of yarn faster than imagined. Profiles of spindle spinners from various traditions are presented in sidebars throughout the book, which introduce heartwarming and historical fiber stories from around the world. Five simple projects give spinners practice in creating a variety of yarns and patterns. And more!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Spinning & weaving
  • ISBN: 9781596681552



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Excellent book about spindle spinning for beginners.

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Superb book, not just about spindles and creating yarn by spindling but about the cultural background and history, what wheels change about the culture. Something like the differance between swords and guns. Don't think I will ever make the effort to learn to use a spindle well, but at least I know why not.

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Obviously, I wouldn't have bought this if I didn't want to spin, but it has intensified that desire. Now to find my spindle - or a new one and try it out. I'll update when I know if it took.

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I worked back and forth between this book and the DVD by the same name to teach myself drop spindling at home. It worked pretty well. By the time I got to my local weaver's guild I had only a few flaws that needed to be worked out by a live spinner's observations and comments.