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Wool: Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Keeping people warm for four centuries, wool has been an essential commodity from colonial times to the present. This book tells wool's colorful and surprisingly epic tale and how it has impacted millions of lives from immigrants, slaves, Native Americans, to farmers and advertisers. Author Hart reveals little-known but fascinating facts about US society--for example, how ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Schiffer Publishing
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Nostalgia Reader
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

A fascinating look into the history of wool production in the United States, focusing mainly on the manufacture and production of wool fabrics. It starts off in colonial times (it reminded me of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Homespun in some ways, but broader in scope) and continues through the 20th century, with an afterword discussing some of the more recent revivals and niche popularity of wool.

Wool was a staple resource when the country started out, providing a warm, fire- and water
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a yarn crafter, I know yarn and wool are interesting...but I never thought of wool in this way! Peggy Hart delves into the topic of wool and the history of its production and distribution in the United States. From wool's origin point in the US to modern day, she gives us a thorough and fascinating history on how wool production has been a backbone point of American life for generations.

This is an easy read for yarn crafters looking to increase their knowledge on the history of wool and yarn
Alyssa W
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars

I don’t typically read nonfiction (my goodreads shelf has only 25 nonfiction titles out of 290 books read) but I am a huge fan of knitting and wool. I thought this book would be a good fit. I did enjoy it, but reading the 196 pages of Wool: Unravelling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation by Peggy Hart was a challenge.

Hart has obviously done a vast amount of research, but it’s presented in a way that is simply someone plopping a pile of papers down and saying matter-of-factly: “
penny shima glanz
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wool by Peggy Hart draws on the author's deep professional experience in the wool industry to explore its rise, fall, and resurgence in America. From the birth of this nation to present day, Hart traces the sheep, fabrics, and trends.

This is an approachable general history--you can learn about agriculture, social issues, economics, industry, and fashion. It explores the impact mechanization (and convenience) had on America’s Wool industry. While this is an introductory volume, an extensive refer
Julie Barrett
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wool Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation by Peggy Hart
Love learning about the history in the US about wool and why it's no longer used as much as back in the 1600's.
I am a knitter and do use patterns from 1860's for Sturbridge Village using the wool from their animals to knit the items they want. Love that this village is mentioned in the book. So fascinating to learn so much!
Sketches along the way showing what is being talked about. It's much of how I picture the early 1900'
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and it filled in quite a few gaps in my knowledge of handweaving and wool in the early days of the US. Now I want to go back and take notes and create some kind of a timeline. I teach and lecture about domestic handweaving in the 18th c and it will help me to line up some of the dates, especially the transitional time of women hand weavers working at home for mill owners. I love the way hand weaving has supported industrial weaving and vice versa - we have much to lear ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Believe it or not, Hart makes the history of this fiber in America surprisingly compelling. It's a short book with lots of illustrations and an easy-to-read style. The sections were a little choppy for me to feel like I was truly reading a story but I learned a lot and will never look at a sheep or suit the same way again. ...more
Karen Hartley
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a living historian who spends lots of time demonstrating spinning and weaving, this book was perfect. Probably a little dry for most people but full of facts and documents that I can reference to make Colonial Textiles come alive.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
A valuable book, but a dry read. Lots of statistics, quotes, and findings, but little narrative or synthesis.

I struggled through wanting to pick this up as a bedside read, so I'm marking it unfinished for now and may come back to it in the future. I'm about halfway through.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read! I know so much about wool in America now. I thought the author did a really good job and it is clear that she loves weaving and cares very much about the future of war, as do most of us fiber artists!
Trish Hart
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the history of wool. I learned so much about the wool and weaving industry all the way up to modern day. It’s a one if a kind book and a must read.
Judith Greer
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I love learning the history behind wool and wool production. This book taught me some interesting facts.
Eileen Hall
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Schiffer Publishing Ltd., and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
I am an avid knitter and while knowing the history of wool production in U K, American history was not known.
This is very informative, if a bit overloaded with facts.
The photos and illustrations are good and I can tell that the author researched the subject very well.
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Great history of the use of wool. You learn so much about how the world has changed and how wool has helped changed it. Great information and a good read.
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I am reviewing this book for Peggy Hart, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.
A book which looks at wool production in the US throughout the ages. Lots of information included although sometimes I did feel there was a lot of it. But it wasall interesting
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