Synopses & Reviews
Thisone-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world -- from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs. Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of the yarn knit and woven. You'll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber's color, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without.
"Every once in a while there is a book that lives up to it's hype. Only once in a blue moon are we lucky enough to get a book that surpasses all the stories that have led up to it. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook
is a blue moon book. The spinning world has been buzzing about this book for years, and Deb Robson has been kind enough to share writing the process on her blog, but that still didn't prepare me for the completeness of the book.
The sheer complexity of the subject made clear, useful and not just interesting, but fascinating. More than 200 animal fibers and breeds laid out and dissected by an animal expert and a spinning expert jump off of the page in concise prose that speaks to the history of the breed; fleece, fiber and lock characteristics; using the fiber in dyeing, spinning, knitting and weaving. The photography is crisp enough to count crimps and shows fiber as washed and unwashed; prepped and spun, and sometimes knit or woven. The authors manage to do all of this using 2-4 pages per breed.
Spinners (and knitters) this is the book you've been asking for: more photos and breeds than In Sheep's Clothing and more sheepy and animal goodness than The Knitter's Book of Wool. A labor of sheepy love and a stellar book." Library Journal
This is an excellent resource for fiber artists curious about different types of animal fibers and how best to use them. Vogue Knitting
Two experts, one a farmer and livestock guru, the other a fiber magazine editor, join brains to produce this resource for yarn crafters. Far from drab and dreary, Robson and Ekarius enliven the pictures and descriptions of about 200 breeds of sheep, inserting critical information and fun facts. Well written and researched, a reference for all ages.
Starred review Craftzine
Not only is this a library essential for yarn users who take their wool, alpaca, llama, cashmere and yak seriously; its also an important text for those involved in the husbandry of our four-legged fiber friends. If we want to preserve our “heirloom” fibers, we need to know their names. Interweave Knits
A reference you'll return to again and again as you grow as a fiber artist.
A comprehensive manual for the wool aficionado. Packed with photos and detailed fiber properties, it covers every breed of sheep you are likely to encounter and then some.
About the Author
Carol Ekarius is the co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and the author of several books, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep (with Paula Simmons), Small-Scale Livestock Farming, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, and Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs. She lives in the mountains of Colorado where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy.
Deborah Robson is co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and Knitting in the Old Way. She is a former editor of both Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot and Spin-Off magazine, and she is currently the editor and publisher of Nomad Press, which publishes books on traditional and ethnic knitting and spinning. Robson is also an artist, working in textiles, printmaking, and oils. She lives in Colorado with her daughter.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Sheep: Oodles and Boodles of Wool
Blackfaced Mountain Family
Brecknock Hill and American Miniature Cheviot
North Country Cheviot
Dorset Horn and Polled Dorset
English Longwool Family
The Dartmoors: Greyface and Whiteface
Devon and Cornwall Longwool
Gulf Coast Native
New Zealand Ferals
Merino: Booroola, Est a Laine, Fonthill, Peppin, Poll, South Australian, Tasmanian, Type A, and Type B Merino
Saxon and Sharlea Merino
Northern European Short-Tailed Family
Welsh Hill and Mountain Family
Badger Face Welsh Mountain
Balwen Welsh Mountain
Beulah Speckled Face
Black Welsh Mountain
Welsh Hill Speckled Face
Welsh Mountain and South Wales Mountain
Other Sheep Breeds
Bleu du Maine
British Milk Sheep
Columbia and Panama
Corriedale and Bond
Romeldale and CVM
Rouge de l'Ouest
Wider Circles of Sheep
The Arcotts: Canadian, Outaouais, and Rideau
Mashams, Mules, and Other Crosses
Part 2 Other Species: The Rest of the Menagerie
The Goat Crosses
Dog, Wolf, and Cat
Fur and Pelt Animals
Rabbit: English, French, German, Giant, and Satin Angora Rabbit