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Spinning and Dyeing Yarn

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If you knit and/or crochet you have probably thought about creating your own yarn, or at least wanting to use a specific shade of color. Ashley Martineau has written "Spinning and Dyeing Yarn", the home spinner's guide to creating traditional and art yarn. This is not the sort of book you pick up and read through once. It is a reference guide that will be dog-eared in no time.

It is a hard covered over sized book filled with photographs. Learn to make a drop spindle, a kick spindle and even your own spinning wheel. The book covers 'Fiber Identification and Preparation', 'Dyeing Techniques', 'Spinning Techniques' and taking it a step further 'Going Professional'. Whether this is your first time or you already can spin and have tried your hand at dyeing, this book will help you navigate the field of fiber and the tools required.

Have you eyed the fleece tent at a fiber fair? Learn to identify the different qualities of sheep breeds. Then take it from fleece to yarn. See how to create all types of yarns and novelty yarns from fiber as well as spinning with fabric and feathers. Experiment dyeing your fleece or yarn with five different methods.

If 'Going Professional' is your route, Ashley has you covered. The chapter explains developing a brand including photography and how to make a light box, vending tips, selling online, even dealing with shipping and handling.

Put this on your wish list. Just imagine knitting/crocheting with yarn you have spun and dyed. Become the fiberista, you always knew you had the potential to be.

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