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Ashford Book of Carding – NEW edition Dec 2016
Revised edition, December 2016. This popular, practical and inspirational guide to carding, fleece, slivers, and exotic fibres has been revised and expanded to include sections on the blending board and creating self-striping yarn. Written for the hand spinner and felter and everyone who loves fibre, there are sections on using the flick, hand and drum carders and the blending board. There are detailed explanations of colour and fibre blending and colour theory. Step-by-step instructions and full colour photographs will open a world of colour and texture. A must-have for new drum carder owners.
Author: Jo Reeve. Published by Ashford. Softcover, 108 pages. Packed with colour photos.
Ashford Book of Needle Felting, The
Our best-selling needle felting book, over the years.
"Explore the unlimited potential of needle felting with fibre artist Barbara Allen. Step-by-step instructions and full-colour photographs will help you create your own adorable folk and animals, beautiful flowers and scenes, jewellery and embellishments all in flat or sculpted felt. As a popular teacher and author Barbara will give you confidence to create your own unique and beautiful felted works of art. The book covers materials, equipment, techniques and provides all the pattern templates."
Author: Barbara Allen. Ashford Handicrafts Ltd. Softcover, 120 pages. Colour photos.
Booklet – Knitter’s Guide to Yarn Requirements
Do you ever find yourself shopping for yarn, or even looking at your handspun and wondering how much you might need for a project? This handy leaflet to the rescue! It provides charts with yarn yardage requirements for basic mittens, gloves, scarves, socks, hats, tams, vests and sweaters, in multiple sizes and multiple knitting gauges. The sturdy cardstock and foldup design makes this perfect for slipping into a bag before you head out shopping. Even better, keep it in your car! Highly recommended for knitters and spinners alike.
Author: Ann Budd. Interweave Press. 8-panel folding brochure style.
Learning to Weave
Respect the Spindle
Abby Franquemont, the Queen of the Spindle, has done it again with this book. Everything you every need to know about spinning with a spindle, and more. Everything from choosing a spindle, its history, how to spin, high or low whorl, plying, finishing, some sample projects. This is a great book for the spindle spinner, whether new or expert.
Author: Abby Franquemont. Interweave Press. Softcover, 135 pages. Loads of colour photos.
Spectrum: Dye Plants of Ontario
First of all, don't let the "Ontario" part of the title put you off. Dyeguy (John) is a horticulturist, and says that gardeners and lovers of nature from Zones 2 through 9 will recognize, or may already be growing the vast majority of the plants listed in this book. Some are garden plants, some are natives, some are most often found as weeds in handy places such as ditches and roadsides, just waiting for the dye pot!
The Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild of Richmond Hill, Ontario put this book together back in 1986 as part of a project that included a live exhibition. We as natural dyes are ever grateful that the Guild has republished this book. It is literally an A to Z of detailed results that dozens of natural dyers across Ontario accumulated testing out plants that, in some cases, nobody had ever written about before. It's another top-notch resource book every nature dyer should own. No colour photos, but plenty of detailed and lovely plant line drawings. Seriously, you will want to cut some of them out and frame them.
Editor: Nancy J. McGuffin. Published by Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild. Softcover, spiral bound, 309 pages.
Weaver’s Companion, The
This is a great "at-your-fingertips" guide to all those little details and calculations that no one can remember. Conversion charts, Sett and Sleying charts, warp and weft calculations formulae, a compact, handy, indispensible reference to keep by your loom.
Author: Interweave Magazine. Interweave Press. Softcover, 112 pages, spiral bound. No colour photos but loads of black and white illustrations and charts.
Wild Color: Revised edition
British natural dye guru Jenny Dean always packs her books with practical information and loads of stunning photos. Her mordant recipes are modern and her choice of plants and ingredients are easy-to-find and give excellent results on everything from wool to silk and cotton, including both fibre and fabrics. Truly an essential book for the natural dyer.
Author: Jenny Dean. Published by Potter Craft. Softcover, 144 pages. Colour photographs.