Spinning Books

Our newest Spinning Books are at the top of the page, all other spinning books are sorted alphabetically.

NEW! The Spinners Book of Yarn Design

the spinners book of yarn designTechniques for creating 70 yarns. Discover the fun and satisfaction of spinning your own yarn! This step-by-step guide shows you how to create 80 distinctive yarns, from classics such as mohair boucle to novelty features like supercoils.

Lush photographs illustrate the process of turning fleece into yarn, reveal the unique architecture of each yarn, and show exactly how to manipulate and combine fibers to get the results you want. With this must-have book "The Spinner's Book of Yarn Design", you can create any yarn you desire.

$27.95   Quantity  

NEW! The Field Guide to Fleece

the field guide to fleece

100 Sheep Breeds and How to Use Their Fibers. Choose the best fleece every time. Which wool is right for your project and what might you do with that big bag of luscious fleece that catches your eye? The answer s to your questions are always at your fingertips in this portable reference to the fleece characteristics of 100 sheep breeds and what their fibers are most useful for.. 232 pages, softcover

$14.95   Quantity  




NEW! The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

More than 200 Fibers from Animals to Spun Yarn. Check out this great fiber sourcebook. Learn about the abundance of animals and the fiber they produce. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook covers almost evThe Fleece and Fiber Sourcebookry sheep breed in the world from the long wool 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, 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.

$35.95  Quantity  

NEW! The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn

complete guide to spinning yarnSpinning is experiencing a resurgence of interest as it moves in a contemporary direction away from its traditional past. The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides a new generation of crafters with all the information they need in one accessible package, starting with tools and equipment, types of fibers, and spinning techniques to making, processing, and finishing off a skein of yarn. Included are actual recipes for making many types of yarn, ranging from boucles, to worsteds, to flecked, and chunky yarns, all shown in full-color close-up detailed photos. Instructions for a small group of projects to use the yarn you make are also included. Last but not least, learn how to go commercial, with valuable tips on realistically pricing your goods, accepting commissions, selling at craft fairs or on the internet, and more.
A must-have reference and source of inspiration for new and experienced spinners alike, The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides all the know-how to get started, perfect your skills, or take your spinning to the next level.

$22.95  Quantity  

NEW! The Practical Spinners Guide: Silk

practical spinners guideSilk fiber differs from wool; it is slicker, harder to draft, and can initially be more difficult to spin into a smooth yarn. It is available in a bewildering range of forms, all of which need different degrees of processing. At the same time, silk is incredibly strong, has an amazing luster and affinity for dyes, is comfortable in warm and cool weather, and has little weight. An ounce of silk fiber can be pricey, but also provide a lot of mileage. Spinning enough yarn for a garment may take well over a month; spinning silk is not instant gratification, but deeply satisfying when the work is complete.

The Practical Spinners Guide will discuss 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 like 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.

$24.95  Quantity  

NEW! The Practical Spinners Guide : Cotton, Flax and Hemp

the complete guide to spinning cotton

Interest in spinning continues to grow, and over the last year or so books have become more specialized—focusing on specific types of fiber or spinning techniques. As yet there is no book devoted to the spinning of plant or cellulose fibers. Though not nearly as popular as more easily-spun wools or fleece, there is interest in the subject and more spinning suppliers are carrying cotton and flax fibers. In step-by-step illustrated techniques, The Practical Spinners Guide 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. The Practical Spinners Guide will teach you how each fiber behaves, and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots like drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns—cleaning, setting twist, and plying—and even touches on 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 the spinner needs to take into account while creating the yarn and using it in a subsequent project

$26.95  Quantity  

NEW! Yarn Works

yarn works

Yarn Works is a comprehensive guide to the techniques of spinning and dying yarn and includes ten projects knitted with the various types of handspun yarn featured throughout the book. Yarn Works is the ultimate sheep to sweater reference book for fiber enthusiasts everywhere. Have you ever wondered what the best spin method is for a chunky yarn? Or how to dye fiber to the color you want? Or perhaps your yarn isn't holding its shape when you knit... This how-to book answers all of those questions and more in a detailed, behind-the-science manner. The better you understand the science behind the subject, the better you'll be at applying your creative inspiration to spinning, dyeing, and knitting your own yarn. This book is divided into four main sections: Fiber Workshop, Spin Workshop, Dye Workshop, and Knit Workshop-and includes a brief history on each subject. Each short, informational workshop takes you through the essential learning activities for spinning, dyeing, and knitting, giving you the hands-on experience you'll need to master the subject. Follow yarn from its fiber beginnings, through the process of spinning, to dyeing the spun yarn with natural and synthetic dyes, and finally finish off by using your new yarn in fun projects.

$29.95  Quantity  

Spinning Books from A- Z

All New Homespun Handknit

Liven up your knitting with handspun yarns! Make the most of your hand spuAll New Homespun Handknitn! All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn features beautiful quick-to-knit projects that use just a few hundred yards of handspun. Transform small amounts of handspun into fantastic wearables with All New Homespun Handknit. Choose from colorful caps and bags, cozy self-striping socks, comfortable and beautiful mittens, airy ponchos, warm scarves and shawls, and adorable sweaters and hats for babies and kids.

$18.95  Quantity 
  

Creative Spinning

creative spinning - spinning bookLearn to create appealing multi colored yarns with Alison Daykin and Jane Deane, who have decades of experience spinning, weaving, and dyeing. Find out how easy it can be to create personalized and gorgeous skeins of one-of-a-kind fibers. Designed for complete beginners, Creative Spinning offers 30 beautiful projects that teach a repertoire of skills on both the hand spindle and spinning wheel. Creative Spinning starts with spinning and twisting, plying, and finishing, then goes on to offer a primer on working with fibers. All the chapters are organized by yarn type, including short wool and down, medium fine wool, long wool and luster, hill and mountain, rare wool, animal hair, silk, and vegetable fiber.

$14.95  Quantity    

 

 Fiber Gathering

Fiber GatheringCan't make it to a fiber show this year? Don't miss out and visit all 11 events across the US with this entertaining, educating and just plain fun book Fiber Gathering. Knit, Crochet, Spin and Dye more than 25 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals!. Bonus knitting and crocheting projects mixed with tips on washing and dyeing fleece and yarn, spinning tips etc. complete this book that will make you feel like "you were there"!

 $28.95  Quantity 

 

Fibre Facts, Bette Hochberg

The third book from Bette Hochberg concentrates on various spinning fibers, their use and preparation. Chapters on the properties of fiber, wool, silk, cotton, linen and synthetic fibers are included as well as an analysis of yarn structure.

$12.95  Quantity    
 

Handspindles, Bette Hochberg

Handspindles spinning book

This classic gives a detailed overview of the different types of drop spindles, their origin and uses. Included chapters on the historic aspects of spindle spinning, Turkish spindles, Navajo spindles, supported spindles, as well as "how to" instructions for spinning on a drop spindle and on a supported spindle, the distaff and it's use.

 

$12.95  Quantity  


  

Hand Spun

hand spun - spinning book

Subtitled "New Spins on Traditional Techniques" by art-yarn pioneer Lexi Boeger. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind wild yarns, Hand Spun is the spinning book for you. Learn the basics of fiber prep, from washing to carding. Create cutting edge yarns that are as unique as you are in this well rounded book.

Discover 20 fashion forward, yet accessible projects including chunky scarves, fabulous hats, a belt, a rug, boas and more.

 $24.95 Quantity 

 

Respect the Spindle Book

respect the spindle - drop spindle instructions

Portable and productive, the hand spindle has been responsible for creating the world's yarn for millennia. In Respect the Spindle, veteran spinner Abby Franquemont teaches spinners old and new how to create incredible yarn with the amazing drop spindle. Respect the Spindle offers step-by-step photography with detailed illustrations, making the spindle spinning techniques clear to even the novice spinner. Profiles of drop spindle spinners from various traditions are presented in sidebars throughout the book, which introduce heartwarming and historical fiber stories from around the world. Five simple projects give spinners practice in creating a variety of yarns and patterns. Check out the DVD "Respect the Spindle"

 

$22.95   Quantity      


Spin Art - Book & DVD

spin art spinning instructions

Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn. This is no ordinary spinning book. Bring your skills of spinning yarn to the next level.

In Spin Art you will learn how to create innovative, eye-catching single and plied spun yarn styles, including wraps, be hives, bumps, racing stripes, loops, bubble wrap, multiplied, and more.

This book comes complete with DVD. $26.95

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Spin Control

spin control - spinning book

Techniques for Spinning the Yarn you Want. Spin Control teaches spinners to control their handspun and make the yarns of their dreams. From soft, bulky singles to durable cabled yarns with terrific stitch definition; and from tweedy yarns with rich texture and color to serviceable 3-ply that holds up to heavy use, the sky is the limit with Spin Control.

 

$24.95   Quantity     

Start Spinning

start spinning - spinning instructionsEverything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn Start Spinning will teach to spin the yarn of their dreams beginning with an introduction to the various types of fibers available. Learn how to choose and prepare (or buy) fiber with which to spin. Follow detailed instructions for both spinning on a spindle and spinning on a wheel, with extra detail on Wheel 101 complete with plenty of photos. Start Spinning also offers a special section on trouble shooting and wheel maintenance, plus tips and tricks for creating better yarns. Then Start Spinning moves into plying, setting twist, using a niddy noddy, and woolen and worsted spinning. Start Spinning concludes with a chapter on uses for spun yarn, which covers wraps per inch, measuring yards for projects, and size of yarn. S120 pages, 125 photographs, 5 illustrations. Check out the DVD "Start Spinning"

$21.95  Quantity    

Spin to Knit, Shannon Okey

spin to knit -handspinning instructionsTake your knitting to a new level with the addition of handmade yarn! Spinning is easy to learn, handspun yarn is hot, and with Spin to Knit everything you need to create fun, funky, one-of-a-kind designer yarn is right at your fingertips. Spin to Knit teaches you all the details about fibers, tools, and materials for getting started spinning, and offers a substantial selection of simple patterns for knitting with that fabulous yarn you've created all on your own. Urban spinner Shannon Okey, answers all your burning questions about spinning basics. For instance, what fibers are good for close-to-the-skin projects, what’s good for layering, and what on earth can you do with dog fur or recycled fabric? Find out the basic tools you need to get started spinning, whether you should begin with a drop spindle or a wheel, why “lumpy bumpy” yarn is your friend, ways to un-lump your yarn, and how to control singles, twist, and ply.

$21.95  Quantity 

 

Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics

Spinning Wool Basics and BeyondBuilding on the basics presented in the author’s previous book, Ashford Book of Spinning (find it further down the page), this handbook provides more advanced spinners with information extending beyond the act of spinning—how to spin an adequate yarn and extend the range of yarns produced, what happens during the spinning process, and the relationship between the raw materials and the final output—for greater mastery of the craft. This new edition features up-to-date information about spinning wheels, new color photos, and seven new projects. Organized in four sections—wool, spinning wheels, yarn design, and projects—the text provides examples of a global range of fleece types, a detailed examination of the functions of bobbin and flyer wheels, a step-by-step analysis of spinning yarns of a predetermined size and twist count best suited to the properties of the fleece, and informative explanations of different spinning materials.

 

$24.95   Quantity      

 

Spinning Designer Yarns, Diane Varney   

spinning designer yarns

Bring your spinning to the next level! Few things are as satisfying as creating the perfect yarn for a special project. Spinning Designer Yarns, first printed by Interweave Press in 1987, leads the new or intermediate spinner gently into the world of super-soft luxury fibers, textured effects, and the dyepot’s miracles. Learn to apply dye to fibers in new and exciting ways, predict how novelty yarns will look in finished fabrics, blend fibers for color and texture effects, and spin singles and plied yarns in ways that will put more zip in your spinning—and your weaving, knitting, and crocheting. Corespun, bouclé, snarl, knotted, and tufted yarns will become part of your spinning repertoire, and you’ll rediscover the excitement of spinning all over again.

$16.95  Quantity    


Spin, Span, Spun, Bette Hochberg

Spin Span SpunThe fourth book of the Bette Hochberg series is packed with fact and folklore for spinners and weavers.

Find out interesting and amazing tidbits about your favorite hobby.

$12.95  Quantity

 



Spinning Llama and Alpaca, Chris Switzer

spinning llama and alpaca  

Lean how to spin this lovely fiber. Instructions for cleaning, washing, preparation and blending of alpaca and llama.

Learn how to dye and spin these fine fibers from expert spinner and llama and alpaca owner Chris Switzer. Projects included.

$18.95  Quantity 


The Intentional Spinner with DVD

the intentional spinner - spinning instructionsA Holistic Approach to Spinning Yarn. Judith MacKenzie McCuin's educated, gently opinionated, and fun to read blend of technical knowledge, history, tips, and narrative takes the form of a compendium of spinning wisdom. Yarn making is approached in three fundamental areas: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner’s needs. The Fibers section of The Intentional Spinner blends the rich historic traditions of plant and animal fibers with the fascinating scientific advances in synthesizing fiber. The Yarn Structure chapters use step-by-step instructions and photographs to demonstrate the range of possibilities in yarn, from sturdy plied yarns to playful novelty yarns. The Intentional Spinner also includes four projects that demonstrate how handspun can be used in weaving and knitting. Projects explain how to choose material, techniques, and finish the processes. 


$29.95  Quantity    

Teach Yourself Visually, Handspinning

teach yourself visually - learn to spinA great new way to learn how to spin! Teach Yourself Visually, Handspinning is easy to follow and master!
Detailed color photos and instructions provide a book filled to the brim with information.
Short two page lessons are easy to master and allow you to build your skills at your own pace. Teach Yourself Visually, Handspinning is a great way to learn!  
$21.95  Quantity 


 

The Ashford Book of Carding, Jo Reeve

the ashford book of carding

Learn how to use flick cards, hand cards and drum carders. Find out how to process fleece into roving and how to blend colors and fibers. The Ashford Book of Carding is great for spinners that want to master their drum carder. Weather you plan to card fleeces or blend fiber or combine colors, The Ashford Book of Carding is for you! Projects: Self-striping socks; Merino mittens; Triangular shawl; Merino and silk scarf. 92pp.

 

$28.95 Quantity

 

The Ashford Book of Handspinning, Jo Reeve

The Ashford Book of Hanspinning This new title from Ashford covers spinning from the beginning to more advanced techniques as well as fiber preparation, novelty yarns and five easy projects. East to understand, step by step instructions will guide you trough the process and you will master spinning in no time! The Ashford Book of Handspinning is destined to become a classic must have!

 

$28.95 Quantity

 

Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning

alden Amos big book of handspinningThis book is destined to be a classic! Great reference book for every spinner will leave no questions unanswered. Wheel designer and maintainer of textile traditions, Alden Amos – the recipient and evaluator of traditional wisdom – will guide you thru the many aspects of spinning, spinning wheels, fibers This is truly a BIG book offering decades of experience in making and handling yarn. He’ll change your spinning for the better. Spinning books come and go, this one is a keeper with it's in depth spinning instructions. 480 pages, hardcover

 

$39.95 Quantity  




A Dyer's Garden, From Plant to Pot:

Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers, Rita Buchanan a dyers gardenA Dyers Garden touches on the history and nature of dye plants and walks you through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dye pot. For everyone who wants to grow their own natural dyed stuff. Paperbound, 6 x 7 1/4, 112 pages, color photographs. Currently out of print

 

 

Spinning History Books

The Age of Homespun, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

This is histthe age of homespunory. The story of daily life in colonial times in New England, of the creation of creature comforts, of domesticity, of the intricate changing interlacement of working men and women. This is not a "how-to" or a picture book. It is a storybook of the treasures that are ignored by the mass-produced culture that predominates today. Written by a Harvard history professor, it is not an academic tome, but more a collection of stories about different people, all in the grand context of the changes that were happening to every body at the dawn of the Industrial age. Read this book!

 

$16.95  Quantity