Published by Storey Publishing on September 6th 2016
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Create your dream yarn! Discover the pleasures of designing and building custom-made yarn by spinning it yourself, choosing everything from color to feel and gauge.
Jillian Moreno leads you through every step of yarn construction, with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos showing you how to select the fiber you want (wool, cotton, silk, synthetic), establish a foundation, and spin a beautiful yarn with the structure, texture, and color pattern that you want.
In addition to teaching you the techniques you need for success, Moreno also offers 12 delicious original patterns from prominent designers, each one showcasing hand-spun yarns.
This beautiful book begins with a gorgeous cover, and is filled with photos of handspun yarn and various items knitted from handspun yarn.
The book begins with the usual introductions, and of course talks about the various types of wools. Naturally you’d expect that in any handspinning book. The book also talks about spinning with intention, which I think made some interesting points. The book also covers preparing fiber for spinning, and talks about the importance of twist, types of plying, finding balance, etc; again, with photos that can’t help but inspire you (and makes me wish I was a much better spinner, with an actual spinning wheel and not just a hand spindle!)
Then there’s a lot of information about color, color theory, etc., followed by finishing your yarn.
Lastly, there’s a small, but nice, section of patterns specific to handspun yarn, by well known designers.
All in all, I think this is a must for any hand-spinners library, especially those that may not be spinning for a long time.
I read this book as part of May’s Clean Sweep challenge.