Sunday, September 30, 2012

Books on Spinning

While visiting the spinner/weaver guild yesterday, a very kind lady gave me the names of a few books that would help me in my 'learning to spin' journey.  I am going to list them here for future reference because there is a chance that I will misplace the list. If you are wanting to learn to spin maybe these books will be of interest to you as well.

If you are going to learn to spin on the drop spindle these books were recommended:

Spindle Spinning from Novice to Expert by Connie Delaney {ISBN: 0-9660952-0-0 Kokovoko Press}
High Whorling, A Spinner's Guide to an Old World Skill by Priscilla A.Gibson Roberts {ISBN: 0-9668289-0-9 Nomad Pub.}
Respect the Spindle, Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool by Abby Framquemont {ISBN 978-1-59668-155-2  Interweave Pub.}

Good fiber books (both highly recommended):

In Sheep's Clothing 

Fleece & Fiber Source Book { Carol Story Publishing}

A recommended website:

The same kind lady gave me tidbits too:
  • All sheep will flock together except Shetlands.
  • Use a woven fence to keep fiber animals in.
  • In some sheep you will get better wool when feeding just grass, no grain.
  • Shetlands are relatively new to the United States and therefore are more susceptible to certain diseases than other sheep.
  • Have an idea of what types of things you want to knit with the wool you grow so you can pick out the best type of sheep to produce the product that you want.
  • Make sure you worm your sheep and have a good vet.


  1. Sounds like great information!!

    The book I found the most helpful was:

    Start Spinning: Everything you need to know to make great yarn

    By Maggie Casey

    I lived by this book in the beginning of my spinning journey and still reference it when needed.


  2. hmmm, that is an interesting comment. I have had various breeds of sheep for over 40 years. I have had Shetlands now for 2 years, they are not out on a large pasture like the others but they do flock together in their large pen.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It seemed odd to me that Shetlands didn't flock.

  3. Are you getting some sheep? I have been investigating purchasing some. I own almost 50 acres between my two farms, but no adequate fencing. Our home is for sale on farm #1 and therefore no sense to fence. I am waiting to move to farm #2 so fencing will be profitable for the long haul. Longing for my own flock! I can personally vouch for the "Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook" as my wonderful daughter bought it for me on a whim when she noticed it in a store last Christmas! Just spent most of a week spinning at our county fair!