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In Praise of Simple Cloth (DVD)

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: 11SP02

Author/Speaker/Editor: Rita Buchanan

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596684614

Customer Reviews

Great Video! Review by Linnea

I just love Rita Buchanan's quirky, straight forward approach of teaching. She makes you feel like you can create beautiful masterpieces on the loom, or from your wheel!

(Posted on 9/27/13)

like a personal visit with Rita Review by laurie dunn

As a long time spinner and weaver,I was just delighted with this dvd! I have enjoyed reading books and articles by Rita over the years and this felt like a visit with an old friend--catching up on project completed since the last visit. I was inspired and encouraged to get back to my loom and to use my homespun for rug hooking!

(Posted on 2/25/11)

Fascinating show and tell, but little demonstration Review by Mary Malyszka

I thoroughly enjoyed this video and was charmed by Rita Buchanan, but was a little disappointed that there wasn't more demonstration of technique. Rita is clearly a talented and energetic spinner, weaver, and knitter. (I felt like a significant under-achiever after watching her show all the homespun and woven clothing!) The reason for three stars is mostly that the video was just a little too heavy in the show and tell component.

(Posted on 1/3/11)