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NEW! The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

the fleece and fiber sourcebook - wool and fleecesMore than 200 Fibers from Animals to Spun Yarn. Check out this great sourcebook. Learn about the abundance of animals and the fiber they produce. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook 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.

$35.95 Quantity

DVD Color Works for Spinners 2 Disk

LColor Works DVDearn simple tricks to create your own unique fiber colors! There’s magic in color, but creating wonderful color for spinning and felting is what you might call “practical” magic. Start with colored fiber – natural or dyed. Add a blending tool (a drum carder is Deb’s choice). Mix and play using some simple, basic color principles – and there’s no limit to the possibilities. With Deb’s relaxed, enthusiastic guidance, you’ll learn basic blending techniques, the language of color, which is the key to successful blending, how to work with hue, value, and saturation and much more. Watching the colors roll off Deb’s drum carder is endlessly fascinating, and every new exercise suggests a hundred more that you’ll want to try for yourself. It’s an endless adventure.

$34.95 Quantity  


DVD Spinning Cotton

Cotton was perhaplearn to spin cotton - spinning instructionss the most important fiber of the ancient world, clothing more people throughout history than any other. It remains one of the most important fibers today -- blue jeans,  sheets and towels! Yet cotton has been largely neglected by contemporary spinners in the developed world. Stephanie Gaustad aims to change all that. In this Spinning Cotton DVD, you'll learn: How to prepare cotton, from boll to batt; How to spin cotton with ease and efficiency on a wide range of tools, from tahkli to flyer spinning wheel; How to boil off and set twist in preparation for weaving, knitting, or what have you. Along the way, you'll be treated to fascinating historical asides, to inventive tricks for devising and adapting tools, and to an array of splendid made goods from socks to smocks to household cloths.

$34.95   Quantity  


Know your Wheel DVD - 2 Disk Set

Learn how to twKnow your wheel DVD - alden amos instructions for spinning wheelseak your wheel! Spinning Wheel Experts Alden Amos and Cindy Lair will show you how to: Quiet that annoying clunking sound, stop the drive band from jumping off, lubricate your spinning wheel and much much more. Feel confident knowing how your spinning wheel functions, and learn special tricks to deal with common maintenance problems.


$34.95   Quantity 


 Handspinning Rare Wools DVD

Handspinning Rare Wools -spinning instructionsHow  to spin them, why we should care. You'll learn that washing, carding, spinning and finishing these fibers is a never-ending experiment filled with surprises! Deborah Robson explores 38 rare and endangered sheep breeds such as Northern European short-tailed sheep, Old British breeds, rare English Longwools, Classic English Down Breeds, Welsh and Border Breeds, American Originals and more!


$34.95   Quantity 


Spinning Luxury Fibers DVD- 3 Disk Set

spinning luxury fibers dvdSpinners today have such an abundance of fiber choices, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin – and to know how to handle these precious materials once you have them in your hands. Let Master Spinner Judith MacKenzie show you what she’s learned from deep experience in both craft and industry, with a hands-on teaching style that will give you inspiration, confidence, and good results. This three-disk set covers: Silk, from cocoon to top to noil to magnificent blends, Alpaca, both Huaycaya and Suri, Camel, Llama, Paco-Vicuña, Yak, Bison, Cashmere and Quiviut
With Spinning Luxury Fiber you’ll learn how to prepare each fiber, how to spin it, how to finish your yarn, and the fascinating history and lore of each.

$39.95   Quantity  


Spinning for Lace DVD

how to spin lace yarnDo you really want to spin cobweb-fine threads that are both lively and durable? Meet Margaret Stove! Her methods might seem counterintuitive, but they work! A great advocate of the fine Merinos of her native New Zealand, Margaret is fearless in creating plied blends using silk, angora, qivuit, and more. Learn how to handle a fine fleece without felting it, wash by the lock, adjust your wheel tension for exquisite delicacy, and ply a balanced yarn, or tweak your hand positions for plying different fibers together. Plus, see how to choose and sort a fleece, separate spinnable staples, dissolve the grease, manage the staple to avoid felting and maximize durability and “bounce.” Using high magnifications of the fibers and spun yarns, Margaret explains just how it all works.

$19.95   Quantity 


A Spinners Tool Box DVD

a spinners toolbox dvdMaster Spinner Judith MacKenzie had done it again! As a spinner, your most important, versatile tools are your own skilled hands. With those eight fingers and two opposable thumbs, plus a half-dozen simple techniques for manipulating the fiber supply, you can spin a full suite of yarn styles. Learn how to spin: Worsted, Semi-worsted, Woolen, Semi-woolen, Slub and Boucle yarns.
You’ll begin by seeing the unlikely possibility of spinning the six different yarns styles with a single fiber preparation. You’ll end by witnessing this revered master spinner, in a miracle of energetic ambidexterity, draft two fiber sources simultaneously into a single strong, lofty, funky novelty yarn. And so can you!

$34.95   Quantity  


How I Spin DVD Set

How I Spin DVDA common sense approach to great productivity and creative joy. What can you learn from someone who spins all day, every day (except during gardening season), and who produces her own handspun shirts, sweaters, blankets, rugs, table linens, bath towels, aprons, even gardening shorts? Short answer: A lot! Rita Buchanan has spent more thoughtful time preparing fiber, spinning yarn, and making fabrics from her handspun than perhaps anyone in the developed world. In this set you’ll learn: How to control yarn size with your hands, not with wheel adjustments, how to create the most wonderful preparations using cards, combs, and more. How to spin cotton while reading your favorite book And so much more. Play time: 1-65 min, 2-90 min.

$34.95   Quantity 

How to Spin

how to spin yarn book

From Choosing a Spinning Wheel to Making Yarn. This little booklet will get you started. From start to finish spin any type of fiber into yarn that is ready to fuse for knitting, crocheting or weaving. 123 pages

$9.95   Quantity 


Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics

spinning woolBuilding 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 


Start Spinning: The Video, 2 DVD Set

Start Spinning DVD

Yes, this is a DVD, even though the title is strange, you will find a wealth of information in this unique DVD set. The Two DVD's of Start Spinning will teach you how to pre-draft and why, how to adjust your spinning wheel, how to spin a good single yarn and how to ply.

Start Spinning will also show your how to master carding and combing, spinning the long draw, spinning worsted yarn, spinning from the fold and much much more! Play time 78 minutes and 66 minutes. Grab this one!


$35.95   Quantity 


Respect the Spindle Book

how to spin on a drop spindlePortable 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.

Book  $22.95  Quantity  


Respect the Spindle the Video DVD

Respect the spindleNever mind the title, it's a DVD. Veteran spinner and spindle aficionado Abby Franquemont shows spinners old and new how to create volumes of incredible yarn with the amazing drop spindle. You’ll learn how drop spindle spinning works and how to spin on a simple stick, how to make a functional spindle out of almost anything, how to spin a lot of excellent yarn in an amazingly short time and how to manage the yarn supply, to ply efficiently, and to finish appropriately.


DVD $19.95  Quantity


Drafting: The Long and the Short of It  DVD

drafting the long and the short of it - instructional spinning DVDWhat’s the difference between woolen and worsted spinning? IS there a difference? How do you decide when to use what method? Why should a spinner care? Here to make common sense out of it all is Abby Franquemont.
You'll learn: - The short forward draw (worsted) and what kinds of fibers it’s best for. - The backward long draw (woolen) and what kinds of fibers to choose it for. - Two hybrid drafting methods, including spinning from the fold. - Important extras such as making good worsted joins and spinning ergonomics. The result? You’ll be comfortable with a wide range of drafting methods, and you will have developed a sense of when and how to use them with different fiber preparations.

DVD $19.95  Quantity


The Gentle Art of Plying  DVD

The Gentle Art of PlyingPlying is not an afterthought. It’s your gateway into the vast world of yarn design. Informed and skillful plying can make all the difference between “just another yarn” and “just the yarn you want.” In this engaging video, master spinner Judith MacKenzie presents not just the basics—how to hold your hands, where to put your kate—but an extensive adventure into the endless possibilities. You will learn how to use organize your hands (the best tools of all), avoid errors, customize and enhance commercial yarns.

$36.95  Quantity  



Creative Spinning

\Creative SpinningLearn to create appealing multi colored yarns with Alison Daykin and Jane Deane, who have decades of experience spinning, weaving, and dyeing. Let Creative Spinning show you 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 simple, basic combing, 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  


The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning

alden amos big book of spinningThe Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning is a classic! Great reference book for every spinner will leave no questions unanswered. Wheel designer and maintainer of textile traditions, Alden Amos 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, The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning is a keeper with it's in depth spinning instructions. 480 pages, hardcover


$39.95   Quantity    


The Ashashford book of cardingford Book of Carding, Jo Reeve

Learn how to use flick cards, hand cards and drum carders. "The" book for carding! The Ashford Book of Carding  is the only book on the market dedicated to carding wool! Find out how to process fleece into roving and how to blend colors and fibers. Projects: Self-striping socks; Merino mittens; Triangular shawl; Merino and silk scarf. A must have if you would like to process your own fleece with the best results possible. 92pp.

$28.75 Quantity