A one-stop guide to preparing and spinning cotton, flax, and hemp! Over the last few years, focusing on specific types of fiber or spinning techniques has become more and more popular. In The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp, author Stephenie Gaustad offers a detailed overview of each plant, the fiber it produces, and how to properly prepare, spin, and finish yarns made from each fiber. Cotton, flax, and hemp behave very differently from wool, and special handling is required.
Stephenie discusses how each fiber behaves and how best to work with them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns-cleaning, setting twist, and plying-as well as what dye processes are best for adding color. Finally, she includes a discussion of spinning for both knitting and weaving, covering fabric properties of each fiber, and what spinners need to take into account when using the yarn in a subsequent project.
About the Author
Stephenie Gaustad has been spinning, weaving, dyeing, and teaching for more than thirty-five years and has been featured in Handwoven, Spin.Off, and Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazines. She also hosts the DVD Spinning Cotton (Interweave). She and her husband, Alden Amos, live in the foothills of Sierra Nevada, where they build textile equipment.
"Nothing is left out. If you want to learn about cotton, flax and hemp and spinning it on a spindle or wheel...this is the book to own." --"Hartford Knitting Examiner"
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 21.6 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.54