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Hands on Spinning [Paperback]

Lee Raven
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Dec 1 1987 Hands on
Understanding how spinning works, choosing a wheel, building a simple spindle, spinning on a treadle wheel, preparing fibers, carding, twisting, and plying.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and thorough--- Jan. 8 2001
Format:Paperback
I had not spun in about 25 years prior to this fall, so I knew that I needed a refresher book to get me going again when I got my spinning wheel. This is an excellent book. It has good photographs, clear text, and very nice projects for novice spinners and knitters intersperced in the text. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in spinning and needs information and confidence building.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book for beginners. July 3 2000
Format:Paperback
I'm a beginner at spinning and I've found this book very helpful. The author assumes you know nothing, and provides enough information to cover each topic thoroughly without giving you too much to ponder. Thus the book is not too big, but just big enough. Chapters include Using the Hand Spindle, Spinning Wheels, Spinning on the Wheel, Fiber Preparations, Drafting and Spinning Techniques, Plying, and Finishing, and more. The hand spindle section was very clear--I picked it up right away, and still very much love that form of spinning. There are numerous diagrams and color photos in this book, plus many projects to start you off. If you are new to spinning this is probably the best book to begin with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes spinning easy to understand June 26 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After reading the chapters in this book on how to use a drop spindle, I was literally able to produce yarn in 10 minutes after purchasing a spindle & wool. Very clear and easy to understand and follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hand Spindling Aug. 1 2002
Format:Paperback
I did not find this book as helpful as I had expected to. I guess if I was using a wheel, it would be better. But the instructions for using a hand spindle were pretty sketchy, I thought.
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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book for beginners. July 3 2000
By Ruth Henriquez Lyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been spinning on and off for a few years now, and I still refer back to Hands On Spinning as my primary source. This book originally taught me to spin on a spindle, all by myself, with no teacher. Ms. Raven's instructions allowed me to pick it up quite quickly, and after working a couple of hours with some rough wool, I soon found myself making some very nice silk singles yarn. Later, I had two hours of instruction on a wheel, and used the book at home to help me through those awkward first hours of wheel spinning.

Ms. Raven assumes you know nothing, and provides enough information to cover each topic thoroughly without giving you too much to ponder. Thus the book is not too big, but just big enough. She starts you out by having you roll wool on your lap to twist it into a short length of yarn, which is probably how the first threads were made.

Then she proceeds into the chapter on spindle spinning, which is clearly written and well organized. Moving along, she explains the parts of the spinning wheel, what they do, and how to tension them properly. Her chapter on learning to spin on the wheel is as good a verbal description of how to do this as any I've read. Other chapters include: Fiber Preparation; Drafting and Spinning Techniques; Plying; Finishing, and more. There are numerous diagrams and color photos in this book, plus many simple but attractive projects to start you off. If you are new to spinning this is a wonderful book to begin with.
60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes spinning easy to understand June 26 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading the chapters in this book on how to use a drop spindle, I was literally able to produce yarn in 10 minutes after purchasing a spindle & wool. Very clear and easy to understand and follow.
56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and thorough--- Jan. 8 2001
By Martha E. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had not spun in about 25 years prior to this fall, so I knew that I needed a refresher book to get me going again when I got my spinning wheel. This is an excellent book. It has good photographs, clear text, and very nice projects for novice spinners and knitters intersperced in the text. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in spinning and needs information and confidence building.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hands on Spinning July 9 2006
By C. Ziegelbauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is very educational. I learned alot about different methods of spinning. I also learned how to process yarn and storing it. The book also has many different projects you can do after you are done spinning the yarn. It is a good book to have around the house. Glad I purchased it.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginner's May 29 2006
By True Spinster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I should've bought this book about a year ago or so when I first became interested in spinning. Don't know why I didn't but it really is a good starter book. It touches on a good variety of subjects and had I bought it previously, might not've made some of the choices I did.
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