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Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually)

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With its soothing, meditative effect, handspinning is a relaxing hobby, and the beautiful yarns you create are an even better reward. This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more. Whether you use an inexpensive hand spindle or splurge on a spinning wheel, stick with wool or try alpaca, cashmere, or cotton, you'll learn how to create fun, original, one-of-a-kind yarns that you can knit or weave into truly unique, handmade, and all-natural creations.

Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review

  • The skill demonstrated is defined and described
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step

  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo

  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

Synopsis:

A modern approach to teaching an ancient art that’ s reviving rapidly

The unprecedented popularity of knitting and crocheting is spurring great interest in handspinning (making yarn from raw fiber using a spinning wheel or hand spindle). Unlike other references, this book has a refreshing, contemporary visual design. With step-by-step instructions and photos, it covers the necessary tools and materials, preparing fiber for spinning, plying and dyeing yarns, working with fibers other than wool, using handspun yarns, and more. Because spinning wheels are expensive, it begins by teaching readers how to use a hand spindle to make yarn. With today’ s emphasis on things that are handmade and natural, this book fills a great niche.

Judith MacKenzie McCuin (Augusta, MT) is a nationally known spinner, master weaver, and fiber artist whose articles regularly appear in Spin-Off magazine.

About the Author

JUDITH MACKENZIE McCUIN is a nationally known master weaver, spinner, and fiber artist. She teaches handspinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing around the country, and has led textile tours in Europe and Asia. Her articles are regularly featured in Spin-Off magazine.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Why Spin? 

Why We Spun Then.

Why We Spin Now.

Chapter 2. Spinning Tools.

Hand Spindles.

Spinning Wheels.

Spinning Wheel Accessories.

Maintain Your Wheel.

Processing Tools.

Chapter 3. Spinning Fibers.

Types of Fibers.

Protein Fibers.

Cellulose Fibers.

Specialty Fibers.

Start a Stash.

Prepare the Fiber.

Chapter 4. Start Spinning.

A Spinner’s Hands.

Spin on a Hand Spindle.

Spin on a Wheel.

Troubleshooting.

Chapter 5. Types of Spinning.

Worsted Spinning.

Woolen Spinning.

Spin a Slub Yarn.

Draft a Bouclé Yarn.

Finish Your Yarn.

Chapter 6. Ply Your Yarn.

Why Ply?

Prepare to Ply.

Make a Two-Ply.

Make a Three-Ply.

Troubleshooting .

Chapter 7.  Make a Cabled Yarn.

What Is a Cabled Yarn?

Why Cable?

Cable with a Hand Spindle.

Cable with a Spinning Wheel.

Different Types of Cables.

Troubleshooting.

Chapter 8. Spin Novelty Yarns.

What Is a Novelty Yarn?

Color Variations.

Textured Yarns.

Bouclés.

Garnetted Yarns.

Encased Yarns.

Chapter 9. Spin Exotic Fibers. 

Alpaca and Llama.

Angora Rabbit.

Bast Fibers: Flax, Hemp, and Ramie.

Cotton.

Down Fibers: Camel, Dog Hair, and Cashmere.

Goat Fibers: Mohair and Pygora (Type A).

Silk: Cultivated, Tussah, and Novelties.

Wild Fibers: Bison and Qiviut.

Chapter 10. Spin with Color. 

Introduction to Dyes.

Set Up a Dye Space.

Prepare the Fiber for Dyeing.

Color in the Dye Pot.

Novelty Dye Techniques.

Spin for Color.

Spin Carded Color.

Chapter 11. Use Your Handspun. 

Knit with Handspun.

Weave with Handspun.

Appendix A: The Spinning Community.

Appendix B: Spinning Reference Materials.

Glossary of Handspinning Terms.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470098455
Author:
Mccuin, Judith Mackenzie
Publisher:
Visual
Author:
McCuin, Judith MacKenzie
Author:
MacKenzie McCuin, Judith
Subject:
Needlework - Knitting
Subject:
Yarn
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
Knit
Subject:
Crochet.
Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20110628
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.96x8.00x.56 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A modern approach to teaching an ancient art that’ s reviving rapidly

The unprecedented popularity of knitting and crocheting is spurring great interest in handspinning (making yarn from raw fiber using a spinning wheel or hand spindle). Unlike other references, this book has a refreshing, contemporary visual design. With step-by-step instructions and photos, it covers the necessary tools and materials, preparing fiber for spinning, plying and dyeing yarns, working with fibers other than wool, using handspun yarns, and more. Because spinning wheels are expensive, it begins by teaching readers how to use a hand spindle to make yarn. With today’ s emphasis on things that are handmade and natural, this book fills a great niche.

Judith MacKenzie McCuin (Augusta, MT) is a nationally known spinner, master weaver, and fiber artist whose articles regularly appear in Spin-Off magazine.

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