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The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

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This""one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world - from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicuna ...more
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Published June 30th 2011 by Storey Publishing (first published April 30th 2011)
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Dee
What an amazing book!! If there was ever anything you wanted to know about fiber or fleece - anything about wool - this is the book in which to find it! Written in an easy-to-read format with lots of side-bars with interesting facts, I never seem to want to put it down. This is a must-have for anyone who works with fiber - either the production of or in any kind of craft or hobby.
Juno
Not done yet, but can already tell it's 5 stars. Brilliantly thorough survey of sheep breeds and fleece and fiber characteristics across the spectrum of animal fibers. If you spin, knit or weave....buy it.
Laurie Carlson
This book is an amazing book! It is huge! It cover everything you need to know about all the different fleeces and fibers you can spin on a spinning wheel into yarns, threads, and more. I believe the author named this book what they did today because if she were to name it Spinning, most of you would associate it with bicycles today! Nope. She is referring to the old-fashioned Spinning Wheel. This book is a must-read book and is so educational. You will learn what our ancestors did before there ...more
Ruth Ann
This is a quality resource that has been detrimental on my spending cash. I started spinning with a drop spindle and watched Deborah Robson's free mini class called Know Your Wool on the Craftsy website. I had to get this book. The uninitiated have no idea about the varieties of fleece and fibers that one can spin into yarn.

Common and exotic sounding names fill the pages and I'm beginning to sound like an expert in my need to collect some different varieties. As much as I lust for qiviut, it
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Felicia
Received from NetGalley
Release Date June 1, 2011

Overall: I found this book very enlightening and useful. I am a crocheter so learning about yarns I use is kind of a fun side hobby. This book was easy to follow and there was a great deal of information to look through.

What I Found Useful: The index made the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook a good reference book. It was broken into 2 sections: Sheep and Other Wool Sources. Then the types were broken down by region and type of animal (sheep). I found th
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Alicia
What a wonderful resource! This book covers everything you need to know about the behaviors, care and preparation of many sheep breeds and also includes other fiber animals. The authors researched each fiber so well. There's been so many discussions on ravelry on how to prep alpaca and llama fleeces - most wrong! These authors are absolutely correct (from my experience) on how to prepare the fiber and it's uses. This is a book for anyone that deals with fiber: spinner, weaver, the knitter, croch ...more
Alianne
This book is amazing. I am nearly done with my second readthrough, and I've only had it about three weeks. It is very interesting for a reference book. (Of course, that could just be because I'm obsessed by spinning, weaving, and knitting.)

It is inspiring for spinners and other crafters who work with animal fiber and yarn. I have begun seeking out rarer breeds to spin, and I've started a sample binder for myself to keep track of what I like and don't like and other observations as well as spun s
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Wendy Janett
Other than actual religious tomes, this book is my bible. It lives on my nightstand so I always have quick access to it. For anyone who wants to understand more about animal fiber and its uses in hand production of yarn and textiles, this volume is the definitive work. The sections on various breeds of sheep, which comprise the bulk of the book, are outstanding in expounding upon not only the history of each breed, but also each breed's role in history, as well as the unique characteristics of e ...more
Kristin
5 stars as a reference book.

This book is incredible. Everything you could ever need to know about sheep breeds and types of fibers (as well as any other animal that you could possibly spin fiber from). Hundreds of kinds of sheep, plus rabbits and alpacas and even yaks. It's awesome. I've already used it several times this week while researching sheep breeds of fleeces I'm interested in buying.

I can't fathom the amount of work that went into researching this book. It's amazing. :) I basically re
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Deborah Robson
Jan 22, 2012 Deborah Robson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I have to give this 5 stars because I wrote it and I know what went into it. I do know that there was more I wanted to write, but we ran out of time. I wish I knew how to add the cover image! I have one right here on my computer. / Hmm. I also am trying to change from the e-book edition (which I have not seen yet, although I know it exists) to the physical book, which isn't in the database. Can you guess that I'm relatively new here? I signed up about the time I started researching Fleece ...more
Lynn Benefiel
This book is a must for hand-spinners. Comprehensive overview of breeds of sheep and many other animals around the world. Photos of each type animals, fiber, yarn, plus a knit and a woven swatch for each breed. How did they get this done? Authors gave historical information and other interesting tidbits of information. This is a large, heavy book but fasinating to study.
Jenn
In my opinion, one of the best sources of information about fiber for spinning or even for knitting and how to use it. It is beautifully printed and written and I've read it cover to cover, twice (and got Deb to sign it). I can't say enough about what an invaluable resource this is for information about fiber, especially about wool.
Kassiah
If you're into yarn, this book is like a dream. Funny and super-informative. The pictures are beautiful and the index makes everything easy to find. I didn't know there are feral sheep. An excellent resource!
Jessica
encyclopedic resource of sheep breeds for the handspinner / knitter / weaver / fiber crafter. i've really enjoyed looking up breeds that i've been spinning, and those that i'm considering for a larger purchase.
Cayenne
Amazing, incredible, fascinating, and very well written. The ultimate guide to fiber and fiber producing animals. Awesome. I'm so glad I bought this book.
Deborah Robson
Jan 22, 2012 Deborah Robson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay, working on getting this book categorized correctly. I'm the author. Yes, I think it's five-stars good, although I was going for ten and ran out of time!
Julie
Dec 31, 2013 Julie marked it as knitting  ·  review of another edition
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Bandknito
an excellent resource. I hope there is a volume 2 with more sheep breeds, especially those from continental Europe.
Wren
Like an interesting textbook. I especially liked learning about the non-sheep fibers- like Alpaca, Camel, and Angora.
Laurel
If you're into fiber -- really into fiber -- don't just read this book: buy it. You won't be disappointed.
Donna
Beautiful, well researched, amazing reference. I love it and I'm not really interested in fiber arts!
Jaclyn


Very, very in-depth and interesting read. If you work with fiber at all, it is worth a once-over
Tilden
Nov 28, 2011 Tilden marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Bought because I want to learn more about sheep breeds for my knitting. This is a reference book.
Lab Cat
A constant reference book I think.
Diana
this is my go to resource for wool!!
Chris
An excellent reference book.
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