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In Praise of Simple Cloth (Video Download)

Instantly join Master Spinner Rita Buchanan as she shares the secrets of spinning simple cloth.
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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. This is not just mindless handwork; Rita has a keen, analytical mind that she applies consistently to testing, sampling, and record keeping, and she balances this against her pure joy in the process and a deep appreciation for living with handspun cloth.  In this set, she shares:

  • Exploring the possibilities of a fiber
  • Matching yarns for a project
  • Spinning and weaving rugs for wall and floor
  • Creating humble household fabrics that create everyday joy
  • Knitting with handspun – and weaving with handspun knitting yarns.  

You’ll find pure inspiration and lots of good practical tips.


SKU: EP2446

Author/Speaker/Editor: Rita Buchanan

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

Inspiring and informative DVD Review by Deb

Rita packs inspiring ideas into this workshop and her enthusiasm is very catching. As a beginner spinner I was curious to see what I could do with my yarn - this gives lots of very lovely ideas. I have always been a knitter. Since watching this workshop inspired by Rita I have plucked up the courage to try weaving which I now find a great joy. I want to try many of the ideas that I saw in this DVD. I thoroughly enjoy watching it for a bit of inspiration.

(Posted on 9/10/13)

Good but very different from Rita's other video Review by Debbie Keahey

I loved Rita's other spinning video so got this one but found it was a bit unfocused, covering lots of different topics without a clear sense of why or where it was all going. Another reviewer commented that it was heavy on 'show and tell' vs. instruction, and I agree. Maybe the title and product description should have been clearer about what to expect. It wasn't so much praising simple cloth as praising simple yarn (plain 2 ply, her favourite to spin) and all the different fabrics you can can create from it with weaving, knitting and hooking. My favourite part of the video was that she debunks a lot of the standard wisdom about what kind of fibres can spin what kinds of yarns, and what kinds of yarns can create what kinds of fabrics. She shows examples of items spun and used in unconventional ways, though ultimately all this leaves you with is the idea that you can never tell what will work until you try it, which will be distressing to people who want guaranteed results! Personally I find her way of working very attractive - she does what works for her and doesn't worry about 'rules.' And the examples of finished items she has made are truly impressive. She's a very talented, productive, and passionate artist, and for that reason alone I enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time with her via this video. Not a 'must have' but definitely enjoyable.

(Posted on 4/21/11)