Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning

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Alden Amos shares his deep knowledge of wheel mechanics, spinning fibers, wheel construction, and yarn, as well as a wealth of spinning history and traditions. Every aspect of handspinning is explored, including dissolving lanolin, washing fleece, rotating wheel position, and choosing types of wool. Also discussed are various hand positions, which can result in everything from smooth, fine thread to funky, bulky yarn.

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Overview

Alden Amos shares his deep knowledge of wheel mechanics, spinning fibers, wheel construction, and yarn, as well as a wealth of spinning history and traditions. Every aspect of handspinning is explored, including dissolving lanolin, washing fleece, rotating wheel position, and choosing types of wool. Also discussed are various hand positions, which can result in everything from smooth, fine thread to funky, bulky yarn.

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"Just when double-treadle spinning wheels had become popular, Amos caused quite a stir by suggesting that they were not necessarily God's gift to the handspinner. As the owner of a double-treadle spinning wheel, I couldn't resist looking to see if his opinion had changed in the intervening years. Nope. Amos argues here that you don't really need this type of wheel unless, among other things, 'you are such a klutz that you cannot keep the wheel going with one foot.' Amos, who has been making spinning wheels and studying handspinning for more than 40 years, has finally distilled this experience into a definitive book deserving of its title. Even the most knowledgeable spinner will learn something and will be entertained in the bargain. This major contribution to the literature should be in any library where there is demand, though small public libraries may prefer less comprehensive books, such as Lee Raven's Hands on Spinning (1987) or Connie Delaney's Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert (Kokovoco, 1998) to offer beginners." - Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc., Library Journal

"A great and entertaining read...Informative and funny...[despite] the very technical nature of the book." - Spindle and Wheel online magazine

Library Journal
This spinner's bible is a compendium of the teaching, stories, and experiences Amos has had with various other spinners and builders during the course of his decades-long career. Enjoy as a straight through read, or use as an encyclopedia to find just the information you need.
Spindle and Wheel
A great and entertaining read. . . . Informative and funny . . . [despite] the very technical nature of the book.
Library Journal
Just when double-treadle spinning wheels had become popular, Amos caused quite a stir by suggesting that they were not necessarily God's gift to the handspinner. As the owner of a double-treadle spinning wheel, I couldn't resist looking to see if his opinion had changed in the intervening years. Nope. Amos argues here that you don't really need this type of wheel unless, among other things, "you are such a klutz that you cannot keep the wheel going with one foot." Amos, who has been making spinning wheels and studying handspinning for more than 40 years, has finally distilled this experience into a definitive book deserving of its title. Even the most knowledgeable spinner will learn something and will be entertained in the bargain. This major contribution to the literature should be in any library where there is demand, though small public libraries may prefer less comprehensive books, such as Lee Raven's Hands on Spinning (1987) or Connie Delaney's Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert (Kokovoco, 1998) to offer beginners. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883010881
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 646,420
  • Product dimensions: 7.33 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Alden Amos has been building spinning wheels for nearly 40 years and is the author of Spinning Wheel Primer and the coauthor of 101 Questions for Spinners. He lives in Jackson, California.

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    I have heard some people say that they hate this book. It is not a book to teach you how to spin. It is a book to increase your knowledge base. Like so many hand crafts you can learn all of the facts about how to spinning yarn works in about a week. The techniques and skills that make your yarn wonderful, and exactly what you want will take a life time. This book has a lot of fact and just as many opinions on how to spin the yarn you want. I think it is wonderful for adding to your knowledge base. There is good info on how to build a few tools and about all different types of fiber. He talks about how to figure yardage for a project and how to figure a spinners hour. I think that the footnotes are a definite plus. They range from crediting info to random tangents that I found to be entertaining. I would have bought the book regardless of the content though. At the end there is a section titled "Annotated and Opinionated Bibliography." I found it interesting to see what he thought of the books he used to create this book. So in short. This is not a how to book. It is more of a I know how so tell me more book.

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