Respect the Spindle Paperback – Dec 1 2009
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"A good introduction for those beginning to explore spinning, and a comprehensive guide to technique for experienced spindlers." - Library Journal
"I have a decent assortment of spinning books, including some excellent ones that focus on spindles, but this book blows them away." - KnittingScholar.com
"A great choice for those new to spinning and those who might feel cheated because their budget--or their living arrangements--make a wheel an impossibility." - About.com Guide to Knitting
"Be prepared to have cliched thoughts about spindles and spinning on spindles blasted out of the water. Abby Franquemont has given spinners a encyclopedic gift on the topic of spindles. In a single volume, she will change the way you look at, think about and use...spindles." - Knitty.com
"The instructions are very well done, nothing is rushed and there are good photos of everything you need. I'd happily recommend this to a beginner." - YarnMaker
"Respect the Spindle is really lovely. It's perfect if you've always wanted to spin but were intimidated by spinning wheels because it makes the whole process a lot more elemental. Perfect for even the novice spinner!" - The Purl Bee
"Abby Franquemont says spinning with a spindle can get you any kind of yarn you want; a spinning wheel never needs to be in your house if you don't want it. She makes this argument--and proves the point nicely--in her book Respect the Spindle." - About.com
"It's a comprehensive guide to using a drop spindle and it starts at the very beginning, which is perfect for a total novice like me." - Canadian Living craft blog
About the Author
Abby Franquemont was raised in the United States and the Andes, where she was taught to spin on a spindle at the age of five. She has been spinning, knitting, weaving, and crocheting for more than thirty years. She is a fiber artist, teacher, technical editor, and writer whose work has appeared in Spin-Off, Spindlicity, and Twist Collective. She lives in Lebanon, Ohio.
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Other topics include, positions for spinning, plying techniques, types of fiber, physics of spinning (the science behind it all, this was VERY helpful for me in understanding how to spin on a spindle), drafting styles and how to do them, how to do simple repairs on a spindle and how to maintain them, and more!
There's also a chapter with patterns to knit or crochet with your own homespun yarn.
If you're thinking about learning how to spin on a spindle this is the book to start with. It is an essential for anyone who spins with a spindle. I've been spinning for a while now, and I still go to this book and "refresh" myself every now and then.
This book is awesome :)
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The book was recommended to me to read, and after reading it I see why. It takes you from the very beginning and walks you through every step to becoming a spindle spinner. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've been spinning for a few years and wanted to read up on more technique. This book has plenty of easily read information and very helpful images. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shauna