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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596681551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681552
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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." -

"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." - 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." -

"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." -

"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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dragonlily on March 7 2011
Format: Paperback
I can not recommend this book enough. It is well written and has lots of detailed, full colour photos to help the reader understand the information the author is providing. This book talks about everything from the history of the spindle, to the many types different types of spindles, where they come from and how they were used.
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wxwtch on Oct. 23 2010
Format: Paperback
I have read this book cover to cover more than once. The explanations are succint, pictures are matched with instructions and explanations, and language is not too complicated or simple.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pastedechouan on Feb. 13 2014
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This book is the most fascinating I read on spinning after Peter Teal's Hand Woolcombing and Spinning. There is something magical in the contrast between the simplicity of the humble drop spindle and in its heavy historical role in human societies. In this book, Franquemont teaches you not only a technique, but how to renew your "metaphysical" relation with a civilisational first level and first grade tool. In front of a spindle, a iphone appears ridiculously uncivilizational. Thanks to Abby Franquemont.
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