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The Spinner's Companion [Paperback]

Bobbie Irwin
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Oct. 1 2001 The Companion Series
The definitive tool for spinners, this handy pocket-sized guide is filled with common spinning terms, tips on how to maintain wheels, and lessons on how to process fiber and spin yarn. Appropriate for spinners at every level of ability, this book presents clear, concise instruction on topics such as basic carding techniques, how to dress a distaff, and creating uniform yarns. This instructional guide proves as practical as it is comprehensive, making it a great addition to any spinning basket.

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In 1996, Interweave published the first of their "companion" books, The Knitter's Companion. Then came The Beader's Companion and The Weaver's Companion. Now, hand spinners have their own handbook, a compendium of practical information on spinning wheels, preparing fibers for spinning, drafting, plying, fiber storage, and much more. This richly illustrated manual includes an excellent bibliography and a resource list. Public libraries with any interest in this subject will want this one. It's the type of book aspiring hand spinners will check out and then buy for their own collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Bobbie Irwin is the author of Tradition in the Making: Twine Rag Rugs and is a contributing editor to Spin-Off magazine. She lives in Montrose, Colorado.

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4.0 out of 5 stars a good book for those just starting their library Feb. 28 2002
Format:Paperback
If you've just learned to spin, this book will enhance your library. It is very clear and complete. It explains all those terms that get thrown around.... Grist, twist, ratio... This book will help you keep it all straight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Spin Without It Dec 10 2001
Format:Paperback
I had enough money to buy one book and picked this one over the Amos Big Book of Handspinning. Its compact size is perfect for keeping in my workbasket, it is also a perfect size for "going on the road." The information is clearly presented and valuable. And...it lacks the demeaning comments of the Amos book, for those spinners that use double tredle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have! Nov. 19 2001
Format:Paperback
this book is packed full of all the little things you know, but can't quite remember when you need to.. Great tips and advice fo new spinners, and all the stuff experienced spinners sometimes need to be reminded of. All information from starting with a wheel or spindle to how to make boucle yarns! Highly recommended for everyone.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have! Nov. 19 2001
By Becky S Kobish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this book is packed full of all the little things you know, but can't quite remember when you need to.. Great tips and advice fo new spinners, and all the stuff experienced spinners sometimes need to be reminded of. All information from starting with a wheel or spindle to how to make boucle yarns! Highly recommended for everyone.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Spin Without It Dec 10 2001
By Elizabeth A. Harac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had enough money to buy one book and picked this one over the Amos Big Book of Handspinning. Its compact size is perfect for keeping in my workbasket, it is also a perfect size for "going on the road." The information is clearly presented and valuable. And...it lacks the demeaning comments of the Amos book, for those spinners that use double tredle.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book for those just starting their library Feb. 28 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you've just learned to spin, this book will enhance your library. It is very clear and complete. It explains all those terms that get thrown around.... Grist, twist, ratio... This book will help you keep it all straight.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable! Sept. 6 2006
By Sara L. Wilburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a brand new spinner, and this book has helped me immensely. It has helped me to better understand the parts of the wheel and what they do, how to draft, how to troubleshoot problems such as the yarn not winding onto the bobbin or overtwisting. It has a wealth of information about all aspects of spinning, from start to finish, in a concise and useful format. The way the book is constructed so you can stand it up and refer to it while spinning is also a big plus. Highly recommended!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right On Feb. 24 2006
By C. Gee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great little book to chuck in with the traveling wheel/spindle gives the pertinent information with reasonable pictures easy to use, easy to pack has become a constant companion. Coil bound with heavy card pages lays flat even outdoors.
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