Get Spun: The Step-by-Step Guide to Spinning Art Yarns

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Pairing detailed instructions with clear, step-by-step photography, this dynamic guide of spinning techniques and demonstrations explores an array of fiber possibilities--such as wool, glitz, and sari silk--to create unique yarn for fiber art projects. Designed for the advanced beginner to the intermediate spinner, this reference covers a variety of subjects such as spinning fundamentals, techniques for wool and silk, spinning with nontraditional materials, introducing add-ins, and creating plying effects. ...

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Pairing detailed instructions with clear, step-by-step photography, this dynamic guide of spinning techniques and demonstrations explores an array of fiber possibilities--such as wool, glitz, and sari silk--to create unique yarn for fiber art projects. Designed for the advanced beginner to the intermediate spinner, this reference covers a variety of subjects such as spinning fundamentals, techniques for wool and silk, spinning with nontraditional materials, introducing add-ins, and creating plying effects. Additionally, the comprehensive tutorial offers information on easy home dyeing and directions for using a drumcarder to blend colors and fibers.

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"If you want to learn to spin cool, funky yarns or make your fibre art project unique then this is the book for you. You'll also discover ways to jazz up your hand spun and create individual yarns, which express your artistic vision but are still useful. Get Spun teaches spinners to create art yarns with structure. By combining traditional skills, unconventional techniques and an unlimited range of fibre possibilities, readers not only create yarn but can make it strong enough to last. Spinning fundamentals and techniques include clear step-by-step photographs. There are techniques for wool, silk and non-traditional materials such as fabric, plastic bags and silk cocoons. Instructions are also included for dyeing and blending fibre and yarn." - Machine Knitting Monthly

"A bright and beautiful book with the most amazing 'art yarns'. These yarns range from adding textures to a hand spun with slubs and wraps of other fibres to spinning with fabric and plastic. But this isn't just a show off book, where you peep through the window at what the author has created and shut the book with a sigh as you realise the results are unobtainable for mere mortals. No - this book has all the technical information you need for playing around with your own yarn, everything from dying, carding and blending to tying in metal elements. I really really wish I had a spinning wheel and could have a play. The author does say that others have reported that results are obtainable using just a spindle but she says she is unwilling to comment herself as this isn't the technique she used herself. This is a lush book, I would love to get my fingers on the yarns pictured, I think it would be a brilliant book for a spinner who has neglected their wheel and needs a new burst of inspiration." - Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com

"Art-yarn spinning allows crafters to create expressive yarns that can be used to make knitted products, and are an art in themselves too. Get Spun is a spinner's dream; it brings together masses of information and knowledge into one compact resource. While brushing up on the fundamentals, readers can also pick up information on tools and materials, traditional techniques, and learn how to dye fibres. The book provides a comprehensive guide for spinning enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge and liven up their art yarns." - Craft Focus

"The world of craft books is divided, in my opinion, into the rare inspirational books and the rather more frequent 'how to' books. This title is one of the latter, of which it is an excellent example. The author provides clear instructions on, for example, how to prepare fibre with a drum carder. There is an excellent chapter on spinning basics, including a very useful section on different ways to measure yarns. She has a chapter on how to dye with acid dyes before moving on to some of the techniques used in the creation of art yarns such as spinning coils, core spinning fabrics and plastic bags, as well as several different approaches to spinning bead yarns and creating textures. If you are starting out as a spinner and have been eyeing up the exuberant art yarns with a wistful eye, this is probably the book for you as it will give you the techniques and skills to spin the yarns. However, it no more teaches you how to create an art yarn than painting by numbers will enable you to paint a masterpiece. It is nonetheless a useful addition to the shelves of the spinner who wants to know how to spin complex and textured yarns." - Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

"Tired of the same ho-hum yarns? This colorful book takes spinners into a world of custom unique yarns." - Enchantment Magazine

"This book is fun...mind-broadening and remarkably interesting." - KnittingScholar.com

"This book is written in a more orderly fashion than some of the current funky art yarn instructions. It will appeal to the spinner who wants to try art yarns in a

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Art yarns—yarns with unusual textures, unexpected additions, and interesting combinations of color—have a variety of applications in fiber crafts. North, who writes for the popular online magazine Knitty, provides an introduction to art yarn of all types. After a brief review of the fundamentals of spinning (as well as a discussion of fiber preparation and dyeing), she moves on to the funky stuff. There's even a section on incorporating "unspinnables," such as commercial fabric and plastic bags, into handspun yarn. While art yarn isn't for everyone, advanced spinners interested in increasing their repertoire will enjoy North's exploration of the possibilities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596680647
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Symeon North is a yarn maker who has written articles for Knittyspin and was featured in Spin to Knit. She has sold her yarns as alter ego Pippi Kneesocks online for more than five years. She lives in Waterbury, Vermont.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    Rejuvenate your spinning skills

    If you have spun before, and accomplished spinning a good fine yarn, this book is the next step that shows you specifically how to spin loopy yarns, with all those great lumps + color combos. It also shows you how to spin with other materials, how to spin around a center thin cord or around elastic. The last half of this book is where you find just exactly how to spin these coolest yarns. With its good photos, you merely have to glance to see what fiber you should have in which hand and how to hold your hand/arm to allow the yarn to form into the twist. This rejuvenated my spinning and I bet it will yours too! I gave this as a gift. The first half of the book has great easy basic spinning and dying instructions, again with many photos in first half, so it is a great all-round book for any spinner our would be spinner.

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