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The Spinner's Book Of Fleece

The Spinner's Book Of Fleece, August 2014
by Beth Smith

256 pages
ISBN: 1612120393
EAN: 9781612120393
Kindle: B00GU2RLF4
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Highly Detailed Yet Accessible Knowledge on Which Wool to Spin"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Spinner's Book Of Fleece
Beth Smith

Reviewed by Diana Troldahl
Posted January 27, 2015

Non-Fiction Craft

With a foreword by Deborah Robson who co-wrote one of the most comprehensive books available on breed-specific wools, (The Fleece and Fiber Source Book), Beth Smith's SPINNER'S BOOK OF FLEECE: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose has eminent wool-cred. Beth's nine years of professional spinning experience is none-too shabby, either.

As she explains in her introduction, Beth Smith's SPINNER'S BOOK OF FLEECE is not intended to give specific information on wool from all specific sheep breeds but rather to give the reader information and tools with which they can examine a fleece or even a mystery hank of roving and make an informed determination on what broad category of wool it falls into and make a choice on the best use of that type of fiber. Even further, she gives thorough information on a variety of ways to treat and process that wool depending on what the spinner's final intended use shall be.

Although the tips and procedures can be very technical and precise, even a beginner spinner can benefit from the information provided, although a certain basic knowledge of spinning is assumed. The proper use of combs, carder and diz is valuable as is the discussion of setting up spinning wheel whorls in different ratios and the benefits of those choices. As you read through the broad categories of wool type (fine, down, longwools etc) and the more specific breed information you find gems sprinkled throughout, tips and techniques that otherwise only hard experience can provide.

If you have any interest in spinning your own yarn whether it is just a wish or you are an established hand at the skill I highly recommend adding Beth Smith's SPINNER'S BOOK OF FLEECE to your reference shelf. It's like having a knowledgeable neighbor ready to consult whenever you have a question on the subject.

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As spinners, knitters, and weavers know, the characteristics of fleece -- its structure, grease content, and fiber diameter -- vary widely depending on the breed of sheep the fleece comes from. These factors are crucial when you're deciding how to spin your fleece and use your finished yarn. In this comprehensive reference, Beth Smith presents a thorough overview of 21 sheep breeds, including each breed's characteristics and history, a photo of the animal and its locks, the best methods for washing its fleece, and specific techniques for preparing, spinning, and finishing the fleece. You'll discover how to select the fleece that is best for your project and how to spin exactly the yarn you need.

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