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Start Spinning eBook: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn

With this handy eBook, you'll learn everything you need to know to make great yarn—consider it Spinning 101!

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The art of spinning is growing in popularity as knitters, new and experienced, want to make their own yarn. All it takes is some fluff, a spindle or wheel, and a little practice! Veteran spinning teacher Maggie Casey takes complete novices to competent spinners in the easy-to-download Start Spinning eBook.

Based on Maggie's time-tested Spinning 101 workshop, which she has taught for twenty-two years, readers will learn to spin the yarn of their dreams beginning with an introduction to the various types of fibers available, choosing and preparing (or buying) fiber with which to spin, and detailed instructions for both spinning on a spindle and spinning on a wheel, with extra detail on Wheel 101 complete with plenty of photos. Maggie also offers a special section on troubleshooting and wheel maintenance, plus tips and tricks for creating better yarns. Then she moves into plying, setting twist, using a niddy noddy, and woolen and worsted spinning. Maggie concludes with a chapter on uses for spun yarn, which covers wraps per inch, measuring yards for projects, and size of yarn.

Start Spinning covers all the basics newbies need to spin their own fabulous yarn. You'll discover that using yarn handspun to your own specifications is not only rewarding but helps you become more comfortable creating new and wonderful yarns, opening up a world of possibilities! Dive into the colorful world of spinning with this fabulous Start Spinning eBook.

Table of Contents
Why Spin?

Chapter 1: Start with Wool
Chapter 2: Things to Know Before You Spin
Chapter 3: Spinning Yarn on a Spindle
Chapter 4: Spinning Wheels 101
Chapter 5: Getting Acquainted with Your Wheel
Chapter 6: Spinning Yarn on a Wheel
Chapter 7: Plying
Chapter 8: Finishing Yarn
Chapter 9: Know Your Spun Yarn
Chapter 10: Drafting in Depth
Chapter 11: Using Your Handspun Yarn

From Sheep to Spinning
Spinning Wheel Maintenance

About the Author

Maggie Casey is a co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, in Boulder, Colorado, where she teaches Beginning Spinning on a Wheel, Drop Spindle Spinning, and Spinning 2, among other subjects. Besides teaching at her shop, Maggie has taught at guilds and wool festivals in the western United States. She has been a skein judge at the Taos Wool Festival and Estes Park Wool Market and was the juror for Roving the Range at Convergence 2004. Her articles have appeared in Spin-Off and been reprinted in Knitters Review. She has been addicted to spinning for thirty years. She holds Part I of the Handweavers Guild of America's Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning and has taught at the Spin-Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR) for the past six years. There have been rare but confirmed sightings of T-shirts reading, “Maggie taught me to spin.” She lives and spins in Boulder, Colorado.

Well, hallelujah! A wonderful, inspiring new introductory overview of spinning. This is a FANTASTIC book. -Deb Robson, former editor, Spin-Off magazine

[An] excellent introduction to the craft... highly recommended for public libraries. -Library Journal

The brilliant thing about this book are Maggie's hands. They are everywhere. On nearly every page is a close-up photo of Maggie demonstrating every aspect of spinning.

This book is one of the best beginner books on spinning I have ever read... even the experienced spinner will learn quite a lot by reading it. -Spindle and Wheel online magazine

This is the sort of instruction book I wish was available when I struggled to teach myself how to spin... the next best thing to taking private spinning lessons. -Monsters and

5 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking about learning to spin or who already has a spindle or wheel. -Knitting News

An ideal choice for new spinners. Guide to Knitting

SKU: EP4995

Author/Speaker/Editor: Maggie Casey

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781620330227

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