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Self Sufficiency: Spinning, Dyeing & Weaving

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From the fly leaf: In this comprehensive book, Penny Walsh reveals all you need to know to make your own fabrics: where different fibres come from and how to grow or source your own; how to prepare them for spinning; how to use various spindles and spinning wheels to create yarn; how to dye your fabric using entirely natural dyestuffs; plus how to weave your material by ha ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2009 by New Holland Publishing Ltd.
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A good over-view of the topics, I think, but I would probably do more research before attempting anything but the simplest instructions.

Also, I'm a little confused by the instruction that cotton has to be spun on a short draw; I learnt on cotton when I was a kid, and short draw never went well, long draw with a lot of twist was the way to go.
A nice little book, good as an overview of the basics of spinning (both on a drop spindle and a wheel), dyeing and weaving, all based around the idea of self-sufficiency (i.e. very much focused on doing it yourself, from preparing fleeces to making looms). Probably too simplistic to learn from scratch from, but a good basic introduction.
Checked this out of my local library. Very very basic information, it's pretty shallow. It might be good to give someone an idea of whether they would be interested in learning more, but I'd recommend starting with something more in-depth for actual learning.

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