It's time to look beyond wool, with The Practical Spinner's Guide: Rare Luxury Fibers! The go-to expert for fiber artists, Judith MacKenzie shares insights into working with uncommon (but readily available) luxury downs in this comprehensive, yet practical, guide for today's spinners. With her natural voice for story telling that is both engaging and informative, she discusses the history of each of these downs, how they are used today, characteristics unique to each, and where to find them. She also dives deep into the specific spinning techniques for each fiber, knitting and weaving rare fibers, and dying them once spun. From angora to bison, camel to cashmere, there's a whole world of rare luxury fibers just waiting to be spun!
A one-stop guide to preparing and spinning cotton, flax, and hemp! Over the last few years, focusing on specific types of fiber or spinning techniques has become more and more popular. In The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp, author Stephenie Gaustad offers a detailed overview of each plant, the fiber it produces, and how to properly prepare, spin, and finish yarns made from each fiber. Cotton, flax, and hemp behave very differently from wool, and special handling is required. Stephenie discusses how each fiber behaves and how best to work with them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns–cleaning, setting twist, and plying--as well as what dye processes are best for adding color. Finally, she includes a discussion of spinning for both knitting and weaving, covering fabric properties of each fiber, and what spinners need to take into account when using the yarn in a subsequent project.
For centuries, fiber artists have been using wool at their spinning wheels to create beautiful yarns. Despite this fiber's long history of use, spinners still have many unanswered questions about it. How does one choose a fleece when at a fiber festival? What's the best way to wash and prep wool fibers for spinning? When should one send fibers to a mill vs. processing it by hand? What's available to the spinner purchasing prepared fibers? For the answers to these questions, and so many others, fiber artist and shepherdess Kate Larson presents The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool. Kate is a well-loved contributor and respected instructor in the spinning community. Selecting fleece, understanding types of fleeces, and making the best use of the fleece one has is an art form. There are various and often conflicting approaches to nearly every aspect of the journey a fleece will make from sheep to finished textile. All of the various methods of fleece preparation and spinning have a place in a spinner's repertoire of skills. Knowing when and how to make use of these skills is the foundation of Kate's approach to teaching. The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool is a must-have resource, in which she shares her years of experience in a way that readers of all skill levels, from those working from fleeces sheered from their own flocks to those spinning indie dyed fibers, will find useful and valuable.
Explore silk--an alluring and exotic fiber for spinners! The Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk teaches spinners how to create smooth lustrous yarns from a gorgeous but tricky and sometimes intimidating fiber in this second installment in a series of fiber specific books. Author Sara Lamb discusses the various forms in which silk is available--combed top, bricks, noils, hankies, and bells--and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns--cleaning and degumming, setting twist, and plying--and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding color, as well as how to blend silk into other spinning fibers. Sara includes brief discussions on spinning for both knitting and weaving, the properties of woven and knitted fabric, and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating yarn for a subsequent project.
This book begins with the concept of quality management systems in spinning and then the objectives of product. The book explains the concept of product objectives and the impact of product features at customer's end. It will help the shop floor technicians as a practical guide and will be useful for the students who want to become a spinner.