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The Intentional Spinner w/DVD: A Holistic Approach to Making Yarn

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If you are interested in exploring the infinite possibilities of making your own yarns, veteran spinner and teacher Judith MacKenzie McCuin offers insight, understanding, and invaluable information about your craft in The Intentional Spinner with DVD.

The Intentional Spinner with DVD is a compendium of spinning wisdom, with a fun blend of technical knowledge, history, tips, and gently opinionated narrative. Yarn making is approached in three ...

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Overview

If you are interested in exploring the infinite possibilities of making your own yarns, veteran spinner and teacher Judith MacKenzie McCuin offers insight, understanding, and invaluable information about your craft in The Intentional Spinner with DVD.

The Intentional Spinner with DVD is a compendium of spinning wisdom, with a fun blend of technical knowledge, history, tips, and gently opinionated narrative. Yarn making is approached in three fundamental areas:

  • Understanding Fibers: Compare the rich historic traditions of plant and animal fibers with the fascinating scientific advances in synthesizing fibers.
  • Managing Yarn Structure: Step-by-step instructions and photographs demonstrate the range of possibilities in yarn, from sturdy plied yarns to playful novelty yarns.
  • Practical Uses: Learn how to make yarns that precisely match your needs with decision making and planning to create the exact project you want from the beginning.
The Intentional Spinner with DVD includes four projects that demonstrate how handspun can be used in weaving and knitting. The projects explain how to choose material, techniques, and finish the processes. The enclosed DVD features detailed information on yarn diameter, plying, novelty yarn structures, and finishing. Blending technical expertise and fascinating lore, The Intentional Spinner with DVD is a must-have reference for every spinner.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Of course it's good! What did you expect? Judith MacKenzie-McCuin + Interweave = spinny goodness." - Knitty.com

"In this complete overview of the art and science of creating hand-spun yarn, McCuin covers characteristics of different types of fiber, techniques for spinning yarns, and caring for hand-spun yarn and includes a few basic projects." - Library Journal

"5 out of 5 stars. Fascinating reading. This is an excellent, detailed book with lots of technical information." - Knitting News

"If the words 'warp' and 'weft' spark off a dream of sitting by a spinning wheel on a wintry afternoon, this book can make your dreams come true. It explains everything you need to know about fibre types and how to spin, and includes several start-to-finish spin-and-knit projects." - AllAboutYou.com

When I first picked up [this book] I would never have guessed that this relatively small, slim volume held so much information. But then, to design and produce a yarn with the properties you intended, a holistic approach, considering all the factors contributing to a yarn's properties, is desirable. And that's a lot of information. Before moving on to yarn design, this book covers the qualities of many protein, cellulose and manufactured fibres (spider silk, anyone?), methods for analysing existing yarns, and spinning techniques from fibre preparation to singles creation, plying and cabling. The spinning techniques covered in the second part of the book are simply inspirational. The drafting methods alone will keep an improving spinner happily practising for hours, and the wheel adjustment flowchart is definitely a go-to reference. The plying, cabling and design section is so rich, so detailed, that a single reading (or two, or three) simply isn't enough to absorb all it has to offer. Techniques are described clearly and illustrated with step-by-step photographs. Four projects complete the book nicely, each requiring a particular type of handspun yarn, designed to encourage you to put the principles of the book into practice... Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone seeking to improve their spinning repertoire, and I feel it is destined to become a well-thumbed addition to many spinners' bookshelves." Alison Barker (Online Guild) - Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

"If you're a wheel spinner with some experience who wants to take a more intellectual and scientific approach to yarn making, The Intentional Spinner is full of information that can help you take your spinning to the next level." - Sarah E. White, About.com Guide

"If you're interested in the history and theory of spinning as well as the practice, there's plenty of in-depth information to be absorbed." - Inside Crochet

"The Intentional Spinner has a lot to offer spinners wanting to make their yarns more consistent, more like what they envision, or just more fun, you won't want to pass by this book." -- Cindy K, Knitcircus

"Novices will appreciate the easy-to-follow directions, while content on fiber preparation and novelty yarns will attract intermediate and advanced spinners." - Library Journal

"Not just a collection of information, but to a large extent a collection of wisdom. It has taken me 2 years of self taught spinning to gather just a fraction of the wisdom that she has jotted down in her book." - CastOn.com Podcast

"Judith MacKenzie McCuin is practically a legend in spinning circles. As in, she spins circles around everyone else. If you spin even a little, run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore or library to take a look at this book." - KnittingScholar.com

"Fascinating reading. This is an excellent, detailed book with lots of technical information." - Knitting News

"If there's any reason to criticize Judith MacKenzie McCuin's The Intentional Spinner, it would be because there's so much detail in t

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596683600
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 497,988
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith MacKenzie McCuin is a textile artist with more than twenty years of experience. She is the author of Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and has contributed to a variety of industry publications, including Handwoven, Interweave Knits, PieceWork, and Spin-Off. She lives in Forks, Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    I had a few spinning classes but felt like I needed a good refer

    I had a few spinning classes but felt like I needed a good reference book. Filled with lots of information, it allows me to look up terminology I am unfamiliar with and techniques I need to work on. Before I ordered the book and dvd, I watched a few of Judith MacKenzie McCuin videos online and found her a kind and generous spirit. The fact that I can also watch the dvd, a companion to the book, is wonderful!

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