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The Intentional Spinner with DVD A Holistic Approach to Making Yarn

A compendium of spinning wisdom and a must-have reference for any spinnerblends technical knowledge, history and tips. The enclosed DVD details information on yarn diameter, plying, novelty yarn structures, and finishing.

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If you are interested in exploring the infinite possibilities of making your own yarns, veteran spinner and teacher Judith MacKenzie McCuin offers insight, understanding, and invaluable information about your craft in The Intentional Spinner with DVD.

The Intentional Spinner with DVD is a compendium of spinning wisdom, with a fun blend of technical knowledge, history, tips, and gently opinionated narrative. Yarnmaking is approached in three fundamental areas:

  • Understanding Fibers
  • Managing Yarn Structure
  • Practical Uses
The Intentional Spinner with DVD includes four projects that demonstrate how handspun can be used in weaving and knitting. The enclosed DVD features detailed information on yarn diameter, plying, novelty yarn structures, and finshing. Blending technical expertise and fascinating lore, The Intentional Spinner with DVD is a must-have reference for ever spinner.

“If you're a wheel spinner with some experience who wants to take a more intellectual and scientific approach to yarn making, The Intentional Spinner is full of information that can help you take your spinning to the next level.” - Sarah E. White, Guide

“If you’re interested in the history and theory of spinning as well as the practice, there’s plenty of in-depth information to be absorbed.” – Inside Crochet

The Intentional Spinner has a lot to offer spinners wanting to make their yarns more consistent, more like what they envision, or just more fun, you won’t want to pass by this book.” - Cindy K, Knitcircus
"In this complete overview of the art and science of creating hand-spun yarn, McCuin covers characteristics of different types of fiber, techniques for spinning yarns, and caring for hand-spun yarn and includes a few basic projects."  - Library Journal

"5 out of 5 stars. Fascinating reading.  This is an excellent, detailed book with lots of technical information."  - Knitting News

"If the words 'warp' and 'weft' spark off a dream of sitting by a spinning wheel on a wintry afternoon, this book can make your dreams come true."  -
"Of course it's good! What did you expect? Judith MacKenzie-McCuin + Interweave = spinny goodness."  -

SKU: 10SP05

Author/Speaker/Editor: Judith MacKenzie McCuin

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596683600

Number Of Pages: 152

Customer Reviews

Set me on the path of spinning well Review by Annie

I had the basics down and was producing some pretty good yarn. Already had a collection of basic spinning books; time to stretch myself. This book did more than just teach me what the yarn was doing and why, it took me a step further and showed me how to use the information to assess a fibre and figure out what I could do with it before even putting it to the wheel. My spinning skills advanced a huge amount almost overnight. (Within a week I made my first 4 ply yarn, which earned admiration at my wool guild meeting). One important thing for me was learning how to adjust my wheel so that it fit my personal way of doing things, I can spin for hours (with those all important breaks) without feeling the stress in my body. I learned to trust my body and my hands. The video is not one of those step-by-step narratives, and blessed be for that. By watching, one finds one's own body absorbing the moves, and internalizing the process. I am producing very good yarn from a variety of fibres as a result of Judith's excellent, low-key way of teaching.

(Posted on 9/10/13)

inspirational book Review by gretchen small

Not only provides clear and practical instructions for a variety of fibers and yarn designs, there's a lot of "nuts and bolts" on how and why fibers act the way they do, so even a novice spinner can "intentionally" produce an endless variety of yarns. have been spinning for a few years and some yarns worked out better than others, but it was impossible to duplicate since i didn't know why the fibers did what they did. this book was a joy to read and has revolutionized spinning for me. now i can get compatible yarns from different fibers or varied yarns from the same fiber. the best spinning book i have found.

(Posted on 3/25/12)

Really useful book Review by Heather Hooper

I've looked through almost every spinning book there is, and this one is definitely one of the best. It covers drafting and spinning techniques in great detail, describes every spinning fiber you can think of (and some you wouldn't have imagined!), and the plying and design sections are excellent. It is very well organized and illustrated, and her writing style is clear and occasionally highly entertaining. I'm beyond the beginning stage of spinning, and this book has provided me with all the information I need to take my spinning to the next level. Highly recommended.

(Posted on 6/3/11)