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Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert [Paperback]

Connie Delaney
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Delaney is a good teacher in love with her subject, and this book reflects her enthusiasm. A modest, "low-budget" manual, it is to this reviewer's knowledge only the second book in English on techniques for spinning yarns and thread with a handspindle. In her self-published 1997 Handspindles, Bette Hochberg included some information on spindling techniques but focused primarily on the history of different types of handspindles used throughout the world. Delaney, in contrast, has packed her small book with spindle-spinning techniques, including information on finding materials to spin, making or purchasing a handspindle, spinning and plying techniques, and finishing the yarn. Line drawings and black-and-white photos illustrate techniques for spinning with bottom-whorl, top-whorl, Navajo, and supported spindles. Teachers and scout leaders looking for interesting projects for youngsters will find the information on making your own drop spindle from wood toy wheels quite useful. Highly recommended for public libraries where demand warrants.?JZ
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for Beginning Spinners Jan. 15 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Connie Delaney uses humor to introduce the beginning spinner to the joys of the drop spindle. She explains how to make and use each kind, and what kinds of yarns are made on each spindle. She also provides some history of spindle spinning, and an overview of the different fibers available to spinners. This is an excellent choice for anyone who is just starting out.
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Format:Paperback
Connie is one of those multi-functional talented spinners whose fingers are rarely idle. She's written an excellent guide to this ancient craft including everything one needs to know to begin including how to build your own spindle of choice. I never realized there were so many different types of spindles and techniques! Amazing, highly recommend!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for new spinners Dec 7 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book for new and experienced spinners. "Spindle Spinning" not only explores spinning techniques, but looks at the history and culture of the art. For anyone interesting in fiber arts and spinning, it is more satisfying to begin with ancient art of spindle spinning, than the mechanized spinning wheel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how to spin well, not just how to spin Sept. 10 2005
By Emily Cartier - Published on Amazon.com
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There's a fair number of books and pamphlets available that will teach you to spin. Hands On Spinning and Spin It!, High Whorling, many spindle manufacturers include pamphlets. I've read and worked with most of them, and if you want to learn to spin proficiently, this is the one I recommend.

First of all, Ms Delaney starts with the presumption that you want to learn to spin well, and you are flat broke. So she discusses how to manufacture each type of spindle she tells you about, and then teaches you how to use it. Total cost for a typical one of her spindles is around $2-3. It goes down a bit if you make them in bulk. All of her information can be used with a purchased spindle, but she's not out to shut people away from spinning if they can't afford $40 to buy a tool. By the end of the book, you'll have the ability to build a turkish spindle, a high whorl spindle, a low whorl spindle, a cotton spindle and a navajo spindle.

Second, she discusses techniques that most introductory spinning books just don't cover. You want to learn how to navajo ply? She covers it. You want to spin cotton? She covers it. You want to do multiple ply yarns? She covers it. You want to learn how to do the long draw? She covers it. You want to learn Andean style 2 ply? She covers it. If it will make you a more independant, more technically proficient, or more culturally knowledgable spinner, she'll teach you about it.

She has the best section on troubleshooting why your yarn isn't behaving as you want that I've ever seen. I managed to hit every single one of her pitfalls at one time or another. They're all described dead on, and her fix *works*.

"So, this book covers spindles," you say. "I use a wheel, how can it help me?" Many of the techniques in the book are not limited to spindles. In fact, really the only ones that are spindle limited are how to make spindles and a few details of how to use a cotton spindle and a navajo spindle. The rest are universal. She may not include pictures of how to do them with a spinning wheel, but the technique is there for you to learn... and very often if you have the technique down on a spindle, transferring it to the wheel is easy.

If I only recommend one book to a new spinner, this would be it.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb spindle spinning guide for any textile enthusiast!!! Jan. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Connie is one of those multi-functional talented spinners whose fingers are rarely idle. She's written an excellent guide to this ancient craft including everything one needs to know to begin including how to build your own spindle of choice. I never realized there were so many different types of spindles and techniques! Amazing, highly recommend!!!
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for new spinners Dec 7 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book for new and experienced spinners. "Spindle Spinning" not only explores spinning techniques, but looks at the history and culture of the art. For anyone interesting in fiber arts and spinning, it is more satisfying to begin with ancient art of spindle spinning, than the mechanized spinning wheel.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for Beginning Spinners Jan. 15 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Connie Delaney uses humor to introduce the beginning spinner to the joys of the drop spindle. She explains how to make and use each kind, and what kinds of yarns are made on each spindle. She also provides some history of spindle spinning, and an overview of the different fibers available to spinners. This is an excellent choice for anyone who is just starting out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective April 5 2009
By Wary Buyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This little book worked to get my up and spinning. The simple line drawings are remarkably informative. New copies are available online or from weaving and spinning shops for about 12 dollars. Don't get scalped.
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