The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

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by Deborah Robson, Carol Ekarius
     
 

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This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting

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This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one. 

Editorial Reviews

Knitty.com
"Every once in a while there is a book that lives up to it’s hype. Only once in a blue moon are we lucky enough to get a book that surpasses all the stories that have led up to it. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook is a blue moon book. The spinning world has been buzzing about this book for years, and Deb Robson has been kind enough to share writing the process on her blog, but that still didn’t prepare me for the completeness of the book.

The sheer complexity of the subject made clear, useful and not just interesting, but fascinating. More than 200 animal fibers and breeds laid out and dissected by an animal expert and a spinning expert jump off of the page in concise prose that speaks to the history of the breed; fleece, fiber and lock characteristics; using the fiber in dyeing, spinning, knitting and weaving. The photography is crisp enough to count crimps and shows fiber as washed and unwashed; prepped and spun, and sometimes knit or woven. The authors manage to do all of this using 2-4 pages per breed.

Spinners (and knitters) this is the book you’ve been asking for: more photos and breeds than In Sheep’s Clothing and more sheepy and animal goodness than The Knitter's Book of Wool. A labor of sheepy love and a stellar book."

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Two experts, one a farmer and livestock guru, the other a fiber magazine editor, join brains to produce this resource for yarn crafters. Far from drab and dreary, Robson and Ekarius enliven the pictures and descriptions of about 200 breeds of sheep, inserting critical information and fun facts. Well written and researched, a reference for all ages.
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Vogue Knitting

This is an excellent resource for fiber artists curious about different types of animal fibers and how best to use them.
Craftzine

Two experts, one a farmer and livestock guru, the other a fiber magazine editor, join brains to produce this resource for yarn crafters. Far from drab and dreary, Robson and Ekarius enliven the pictures and descriptions of about 200 breeds of sheep, inserting critical information and fun facts. Well written and researched, a reference for all ages.
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Interweave Knits

Not only is this a library essential for yarn users who take their wool, alpaca, llama, cashmere and yak seriously; it’s also an important text for those involved in the husbandry of our four-legged fiber friends. If we want to preserve our “heirloom” fibers, we need to know their names.
From the Publisher

A reference you'll return to again and again as you grow as a fiber artist.

A comprehensive manual for the wool aficionado. Packed with photos and detailed fiber properties, it covers every breed of sheep you are likely to encounter and then some.

Library Journal
In this extensive volume, experienced fiber artist Robson and livestock and farming expert Ekarius introduce fiber artists to the variety of wool-producing animals. The focus is on sheep breeds and sheep's wool, but there's also a section on other animals from angora rabbits and household cats and dogs to musk oxen, yaks, and bison. Full-color photographs of each animal and its fiber, along with a breed history and specifications and suggested uses for the fiber, are included. This is an excellent resource for fiber artists curious about different types of animal fibers and how best to use them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603427111
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
166,932
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Carol Ekarius is the co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, The Field Guide to Fleece, and Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep, and she is the author of several books, including Small-Scale Livestock Farming, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, and Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs. She lives in the mountains of Colorado, where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy.
 

Deborah Robson is co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and Knitting in the Old Way. She is a former editor of both Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot and Spin-Off magazine, and she is currently the editor and publisher of Nomad Press, which publishes books on traditional and ethnic knitting and spinning. Robson is also an artist, working in textiles, printmaking, and oils. She lives in Colorado with her daughter.

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The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This accomplishes so well the goal of education about sheep breeds and their fleeces. If this doesn't make you want to handle wool, you are unreachable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reference the book often. It's great for the beginner spinners and fiber enthusiast. The descripsion of the fibers and the pictures are very helpful. A must have for every fiber junkie!!!
CasualTrekkie More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent in-depth resource on every fiber, every fleece, and even every animal - with a bit about their history. A must for every knitter, spinner, or fiber-crafter (and perhaps an excellent potential gift).
Nan65 More than 1 year ago
So glad that I purchased this book. Excellent reference book on wool and other animal fibers for spinners, knitters and weavers. Have already used it several times to learn the best way to prepare fibers for handspinning. Easy to understand, not too technical. Well done, Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius!
Alienated_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book for the hand spinner and knitter! A treasure trove of easy accessible information about the various fibers and the animals  they come from. Lots of beautiful pictures makes it a joy to browse when you just need a little fiber related eye-candy. If you like Clara Parkes books on wool and other fibers, you're gonna LOVE this one!
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Very informative.
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