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The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp

The one-stop guide to preparing and spinning cotton and the related cellulose fibers flax and hemp.

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Interest in spinning continues to grow, and over the last year or so books have become more specialized—focusing on specific types of fiber or spinning techniques. As yet there is no book devoted to the spinning of plant or cellulose fibers. Though not nearly as popular as more easily-spun wools or fleece, there is interest in the subject and more spinning suppliers are carrying cotton and flax fibers. In step-by-step illustrated techniques, Stephenie offers a detailed overview of each plant, the fiber it produces, and how to properly prepare, spin, and finish yarns made from each fiber.

Cotton, flax, and hemp behave very differently from wool, and special handling is required. Stephenie discusses how each fiber behaves, and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots like drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns—cleaning, setting twist, and plying—and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding color. Finally, she includes a discussion of spinning for both knitting and weaving, covering fabric properties of each fiber, and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating the yarn and using it in a subsequent project.

About the Author

Stephenie Gaustad has been spinning, weaving, dyeing and teaching for better than 35 years. Her many articles on the crafts have appeared in Handwoven, Spin Off and Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot magazines. Stephenie illustrated Alden Amos’ Big Book of Handspinning and created the Interweave DVD Spinning Cotton. She and her husband Alden Amos live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where they build textile equipment.


Author/Speaker/Editor: Stephanie Gaustad

File/Trim Size: 8.5" x 9"

Format: Book

ISBN 13: 9781596686694

Number Of Pages: 160