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The Field Guide to Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds & How to Use Their Fibers
     

The Field Guide to Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds & How to Use Their Fibers

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by Carol Ekarius, Deborah Robson
 

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With this compact portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 different sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is best suited. Each breed profile includes a photograph of the animal and information about its origin and conservation status, as well as the weight, staple

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With this compact portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 different sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is best suited. Each breed profile includes a photograph of the animal and information about its origin and conservation status, as well as the weight, staple length, fiber diameter, and natural colors of its fleece. This is a great primer for beginners, and a handy guide for anyone who loves working with fleece.

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Library Journal
09/15/2013
Robson and Ekarius (coauthors, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun) pack a wealth of content about sheep and wool into this guide. Along with each sheep breed listed, from the well known (Merino, Corriedale) to the rare (Santa Cruz, Castlemilk Moorit), the authors supply color photographs of the sheep and of a lock of its wool. Specifications helpful for spinners, such as staple length, fiber diameter, fleece weight, and effects of dyes, are also provided. Knitters and weavers will find the suggested uses for each breed's wool valuable, as some wools lend themselves to specific types of garments or accessories. VERDICT This pocket-size guide is perfect for spinners and other fiber enthusiasts who want quick information on the characteristics of a wide variety of fleeces and would be a worthwhile book to have on hand at a fiber festival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612121789
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
385,485
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(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 Field Guide to Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds & How to Use Their Fibers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HenriettaOconner More than 1 year ago
At first, I was disappointed. I had somehow missed the fact that this was pocket sized and was expecting a large book, more like a magazine sized book. However, as I sat down and flipped through this, I was extremely happy with it. As someone who does hand spinning (with a drop spindle), I was thrilled to have something I could take with me to fleece and fiber shows. I've started storing small bits of fleeces in the book as well, so I can compare what I have to what I'm looking at (and what the authors say). I also own the Fleece and Fiber Source Book, and am happy to have both. This is great for grab and go and quick reference, while the Source Book has more breeds, but also a little more depth (and non-sheep breeds). Highly recommend this.
Fiberholic More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely essential for people who shop for fiber and/or fleece to spin. It is also useful for fiber artists who have specific needs in their work. Wool is not just wool and a fleece is not just a fleece. Made to fit in a purse or large pocket I now keep it with me whenever I think I might meet fiber, fleece or even wool. Do you want to know which wool is meant for the skin and which is meant for the floor ? Do you care where it is long or short fibered ? Knowing the breed will tell you everything you need to know about the fiber - as long as you have this book at hand.