The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning: Being A Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinions On the Noble Art & Craft

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Interweave Press, May 1, 2001 - Crafts & Hobbies - 480 pages
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Alden Amos shares his deep knowledge of wheel mechanics, spinning fibers, wheel construction, and yarn, as well as a wealth of spinning history and traditions. Every aspect of handspinning is explored, including dissolving lanolin, washing fleece, rotating wheel position, and choosing types of wool. Also discussed are various hand positions, which can result in everything from smooth, fine thread to funky, bulky yarn.

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

Opinionated is an understatment. He knows a fair amount about spinning with a wheel and about weaving. He knows very little about crocheting and needlework. He has a very bad habit about overwhelming ... Read full review

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User Review  - commingledfibers - LibraryThing

Amos is very knowledgeable, and famously opinionated on all subjects. Not the rank beginner's best choice for a first spinning book, but absolutely worth the weight in reference material and humor ... Read full review


Why does anybody spin today?
Preparing wool Preparing cotton Preparing flax Preparing silk

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About the author (2001)

Alden Amos has been building spinning wheels for nearly 40 years and is the author of Spinning Wheel Primer and the coauthor of 101 Questions for Spinners. He lives in Jackson, California.

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