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For a flavour of Janet's style of writing and teaching spinning, here is an excerpt from the book:
How to Spin, page 23:
Why spin your own yarns?
I have access to lots of free fibre
I once spun 5 bags full of Qiviut, or musk ox for an Arctic scientist who had collected it whilst working in the frozen North. Most spinners will know it as an incredibly expensive fibre that they buy in tiny quantities - but I always picture it in bin bags cluttering up my living room. The scientist never learned to spin although having access to that much fibre would have been a great reason to do so. Other people have learned, however, when someone has given them a fleece or even dog fur and they didn't want it to go to waste.
How to Spin, page 191:
Spinning fine yarns
use good quality, very fine fibre
The traditional choice for lace spinning is Cormo fleece. This is not a breed as such but is a way of specially breeding Merino or similar breeds for extra fine fibre combined with a longer staple length.....
Fleece for fine spinning is usually available in small quantities from a specialist supplier by mail order. it can also be bought direct from suppliers in New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania or the USA. The international postage is not prohibitive if you live elsewhere because you do not need much of it. Do not make the mistake of buying a whole fleece for lace spinning. Special fleece can usually be bought by the 100g and will be more suitable for the purpose. 100g goes a long way when spinning lace.
How to Spin, page 58;
don't make you own - and don't buy an antique
When I teach beginners, I take a spare spinning wheel with me in case someone turns up with a 'tricky' wheel. Often this is one that even an expert would struggle to use; sometimes it will not spin at all because some vital part is missing or very slightly out of alignment.
These wheels are often of sentimental value and inheriting an antique wheel may even be the reason someone wanted to learn to spin in the first place....
Admittedly it is a bit tricky if your beloved has made you a spinning wheel and you have to go home and say 'er, actually I need to buy another wheel, this one is no good'.
Making a spinning wheel is not for the feinthearted and it is said that you need to make between four and seven of them before you get a good one.
Here's a suggestion: if you are attached to your antique or hand-made wheel learn to spin on a modern, professionally made wheel first. Once you can spin use the other one sometimes and you will do better with it. Just don't try to learn on it. The only thing is by that time you may not want to.
"This is an excellent clearly written book that covers all the principles of the basics of spinning. It is written by a well known, well loved and respected practicioner and teacher of spinning in an informative, encouraging and easy to understand style. It is plentifully illustrated with black and white photographs which are clear and helpful. It has a place on the bookshelf of every spinner whether you are a beginner or experienced. If you are a beginner this is the first book I would reccommend that you buy." Debbie (via Amazon)
"I really liked this book. It has things for both complete beginners and for more experienced spinners and it covers both hand spindles and spinning wheels in all sections.
I found the fact that it had lots of photos very helpful and it is broken up in to easy to read sections making it simple to find things.
The explanations are clear and easy to follow and the book is a handy size and paperback making it easy to use.
I have heard that the author teaches some great spinning courses." Anne (via Amazon)
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