Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Book Review - Spinning & Dyeing Yarn by Ashley Martineau

I am delighted to be asked to review this beautiful hard backed book
written by Ashley Martineau, entitled
The Home Spinner's Guide to Creating Traditional and Art Yarn
Front Cover

Back Cover

As soon as I received this book, my heart started to swoon! It is extremely stunning in every way a book can be and is 'eye candy' for those of us who love great photographic images of colourful, textured yarns. As well as a huge resource of information on Spinning and Dyeing that any spinner, beginner to more advanced, should have in their collection of reference material, it is full of stunning photographs of fibres and equipment. 

Ashley Martinue, a self-taught spinner, from the USA, provides the reader with information on:
Types of Fibre - from wool to synthetics
Washing & Preparing Fibre
Dyeing Techniques, such hand painting to solar dyeing

Spinning Techniques with a section on Drop Spindles, Kick Spindles and spinning wheels,
including a
very informative section on How to Make your own Wheel.

There is also a very in depth
section on developing a brand
for those of us who wish to start a business and also,
 a comprehensive section on resources and useful information.

as well as sections on the following spinners:
Tina Watson,
Lexi Boeger,
Michelle Snowdon, and
Ruru Mori.

This beautiful book is available from
20th February 2014
in the UK
and is £25.00 for Hardback
  and I feel it is well worth the money
published by Jacqui Small Publishing
tel: 020 7284 9300

ISBN 978-1-909342-46-0

all the images are used here with the kind permission of the publisher
Bee x
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Spinning A Yarn ...................

'No, not another tale of woe!', I hear you cry ........
BUT instead,
because I've been away from my blog for a while,
I have some lovely NEWS of what I have been up to whilst I have been on my much needed 'bloggy break'.......
To refresh, recharge and re-energise my creative spirit ....
I have been taking lessons in the
Art of Spinning

One of my hand carded skeins of yarn plied
No, I haven't gone completely mad and turned into a fitness fanatic!
(although lots of people think I have(both!))
For those of you who love knitting, crochet, felting and anything generally yarnie related,

A closer shot

I have been learning to
spin fleece into yarn on a drop spindle and then I have bought my first spinning wheel .... whoopee!

 Ashford Single Treadle Traditional Wheel
Some spun single of Blue Faced Leicester on the bobbin
The hand carded and spun yarn shown above
crocheted into flowers for Christmas Gifts
It is proving to be a lovely relaxing hobby with obviously some lovely end produce to knit and crochet with. 
I will be reviewing two brilliant spinning books later in the week for those who are interested in the art of spinning and dyeing their own yarns. 
Bee x
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