The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs : Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns, Hardback Book

The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs : Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns Hardback

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Every good knitting project begins with great yarn.

In the quest for one-of-a-kind fibres, many knitters and weavers have discovered the deep satisfaction of spinning one's own.

An art in itself, spinning requires an array of basic technical skills and decisions to produce a particular style of yarn.

While knitters have long had stitch dictionaries to guide their hands, no similar resource has existed for spinners.

Until now. The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs is a step-by-step guide to creating 70 distinctive yarns, from classics such as mohair boucle to novelty features like supercoils.

Lush, full-colour photographs illustrate the process of turning fleece into yarn, reveal the architecture of each yarn, and demonstrate exactly how to manipulate and combine the fibres to achieve the desired result.

Images of knitted and woven pieces reveal how the spun yarn looks in a variety of projects.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, full-colour photographs throughout
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
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  • Category: Spinning & weaving
  • ISBN: 9781603427388

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The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns by Sarah AndersonISBN: 9781603427388 B008NEZROEI am not a spinner but realize the quality of this book for the yarns I have worked with over the years. So many tips throughout that now answer a lot of my questions about why did the yarn twist when working cables and is the direction important.There are chapters on: spinning basics, singles for plying, stand alone singles, spiral yarns, opposing plies,boucles, cable yarns, crepe yarns, coil yarns and novelty yarns. I do think now that after reading this that it does make the light bulb come on for me. If you can understand about the yarn you can select the right yarn for the right project because you understand how it will act when knitted.Many ways showing the differences between plies of yarn.To me this book shows how to experiment with yarns to achieve the right balance for the item you are making.Excellent resource book for anyone that does spin their own yarns, great glossary-very precise and bibliography.

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This is the first book I have read about spinning fancy yarns that has made me want to go spin them.For me the descriptions have enough detail to be useful. Even just reading them I can feel the fibre in my fingers. However, they are also loose enough that I know I would be spinning MY yarn, not hers. The little cards are brilliant, and would be helpful when working, although not enough for some of the more advanced techniques.I would have liked more specific information for spindling, but she at least acknowledges that spidles are both fun and useful.