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Kade1301 Posted - 11/21/2007 : 10:56:38 AM
Has anybody seen the book "Creative Spinning" (by Alison Daykin and Jane Deane), Lark Books in the U.S., Gaia Books in the U.K.

There's very little information on Amazon - does anybody know more?

In any case it's promising that more spinning books are getting published!

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Kade1301 Posted - 02/26/2008 : 05:15:04 AM
For me this book is equivalent to a knitter's pattern book: Gorgeous photos of unspun fibre, spun yarn and a stockinette sample plus very terse instructions for spinning - each yarn fits on one double page. There's also a technical section on spinning in general, but I doubt a beginner could learn how to spin from it. And there's a few serious omissions: "All the wheels work according to the same principles, although there are two (sic!) different systems for controlling the relative speeds of the flyer and bobbin..... Double drive wheels .... Scotch tension wheels..." Really? Whatever happened to flyer brake (Irish tension?)? Drum carders are not even mentioned - the authors only say how to use hand carders and dog combs (wool combs are mentioned and cautioned against).

There's two things I like about this book:

1. the instructions for novelty yarns. They are very short (2 to 3 yarns on one page), but the drawings are good and the chapter makes a nice reminder for when I'm too lazy to dig out Patsy Z.'s DVD and find the right place on it.

2. The match between a project's title, the photo illustrating this title and the yarn. For example, there's a project called "Raindrops", a photo of water drops on leaves and the yarn, spun of two greens (matching the leaves), has clear seed beads in it that do look like drops of water. The photographic editor did a fantastic job!

What I don't like is that there's no word about the problems one could have, about how to avoid or solve them - such as how to space the beads evenly, or how to have both strands of a spiral yarn run out at the same time. I'm also amazed by the irregularities in the photographed yarn - even if the yarn is supposed to be a regular yarn.

I have a feeling that the "making of" of this book would be a lot more interesting than the book itself. What came first - the photographs or the yarns? Who did the actual spinning (the publishers acknowledge Nancy Lee Child at The Handweaver's Studio for "generously lending us both spun and unspun fibers for photography")?

Ingrid_in_Sweden Posted - 01/13/2008 : 10:19:07 AM

Diane V's book is still the one I would get if I had to choose one, however, this is eyecandy which the D V book isn't to me, AND most importantly to me at least - it features a lot of wingham Wool Work's fibres which is truly good as their fibres are very good quality but their website a nightmare with virtually NO I know a lot more!

Smiles from Ingrid in Sweden
Kade1301 Posted - 12/19/2007 : 07:23:53 AM
Thanks a lot, Hanne! Do you happen to know Diane Varney's "Spinning Designer Yarns"? Sounds a bit like "Creative Spinning" (the contents seem to fit the title, at least) is about the same things, but with more pictures and less text.

I'll probably buy it once it becomes cheaply available in France...

Hanne Posted - 12/19/2007 : 03:20:29 AM
I got the book yesterday and reviewed it today on my blog

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Ingrid_in_Sweden Posted - 12/17/2007 : 05:27:35 AM
It is on its way to me :-)) will be for my xmas book reading!

Smiles from Ingrid in Sweden
Kade1301 Posted - 12/11/2007 : 1:40:46 PM
Thanks Hanne! Please let me know what you think of the book when you have it - so far it's on my wish list (mainly because it's not yet available from French Amazon).

Hanne Posted - 12/10/2007 : 12:34:01 AM
I saw it on Jane's blog, she has bought it and has some pictures on her post
I ordered it so I will be able to tell you more after a week or two.

I saw some not yet published spinning books on Amazon.

A Fine Fleece: Knitting with handspun yarns by Lisa Lloyd
Start Spinning: Everything you need to know to make great yarn by Maggie Casey
Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution) by Lexi Boeger

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