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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
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