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

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This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs. Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its ...

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Overview

This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs. Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of the yarn knit and woven. You’ll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber’s color, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without.

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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.
Starred review
Vogue Knitting
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.
Craftzine
A reference you'll return to again and again as you grow as a fiber artist.
Interweave Knits
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: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 138,783
  • 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 and the author of several books, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep (with Paula Simmons), 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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Table of Contents

Part 1 Sheep: Oodles and Boodles of Wool

Blackfaced Mountain Family
Dalesbred
Derbyshire Gritstone
Lonk
Rough Fell
Scottish Blackface
Swalesdale

Cheviot Family
Cheviot
Brecknock Hill and American Miniature Cheviot
North Country Cheviot

Dorset Group
Dorset Horn and Polled Dorset

Down Family
Southdown
Dorset Down
Hampshire
Oxford
Shropshire
Suffolk

English Longwool Family
Bluefaced Leicester
Border Leicester
Leicester Longwool
Cotswold
The Dartmoors: Greyface and Whiteface
Devon and Cornwall Longwool
Lincoln Longwool
Romney
Teeswater
Wensleydale

Feral Group
Gulf Coast Native
Hog Island
New Zealand Ferals
Santa Cruz

Merino Family
Merino: Booroola, Est a Laine, Fonthill, Peppin, Poll, South Australian, Tasmanian, Type A, and Type B Merino
Debouillet
Delaine Merino
Saxon and Sharlea Merino
Rambouillet

Northern European Short-Tailed Family
Boreray
Castlemilk Moorit
Finnsheep
Gotland
Hebridean
Icelandic
Manx Loaghtan
North Ronaldsay
Ouessant
Romanov
Shetland
Soay

Welsh Hill and Mountain Family
Badger Face Welsh Mountain
Balwen Welsh Mountain
Beulah Speckled Face
Black Welsh Mountain
Hill Radnor
Kerry Hill
Llanwenog
Lleyn
Welsh Hill Speckled Face
Welsh Mountain and South Wales Mountain

Other Sheep Breeds
American Tunis
Bleu du Maine
British Milk Sheep
California Red
Charollais
Clun Forest
Colbred
Columbia and Panama
Coopworth
Cormo
Corriedale and Bond
Devon Closewool
East Friesian
Exmoor Horn
Galway
Gromark
Herdwick
Ile-de-France
Jacob
Karakul
Montadale
Navajo Churro
Norfolk Horn
Perendale
Polwarth
Polypay
Portland
Romeldale and CVM
Rouge de l'Ouest
Ryeland
Targhee
Texel
Whitefaced Woodland
Zwartbles

Wider Circles of Sheep
The Arcotts: Canadian, Outaouais, and Rideau
Dala
Faroese
Gute
Pellsau
Racka
Roslag
Rya
Rygya
Spelsau
Steigar
Svardsjo
Swedish Finewool
Mashams, Mules, and Other Crosses

Part 2 Other Species: The Rest of the Menagerie

Goats
Mohair
Cashmere

The Goat Crosses
Cashgora
Pygora
PCA
Pycazz
Nigora

Camelids
Alpaca
Llama
Guanaco
Vicuna
Bactrian Camel
Dromedary Camel

Other Critters
Bison
Dog, Wolf, and Cat
Fur and Pelt Animals
Horse
Musk Ox
Rabbit: English, French, German, Giant, and Satin Angora Rabbit
Yak

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Gorgeous

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Amazingly helpful!!!

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Excellent Resource

    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).

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Great reference book for fiber lovers!

    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!

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    What a wonderful book for the hand spinner and knitter! A treasu

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Very informative.

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