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Oh my goodness do I love this book. I kept checking it out from the library over and over again. I have a small hobby-business called Shoehorn Farm where I take fiber from my friend's rescue farm and card, dye and spin it and sell batts, yarn, and etc-- Since she is a rescue farm, she has MANY types of sheep on her farm And I love to know the characteristics of the fiber before I get started on something because it helps me to know what to do-- This book contains every imaginable breed in it-- from the most common sheep breeds, to rare alpaca breeds, to camel-- even to cat and dog fiber tips though those are not by breed cuz-- lawdy, lawdy that would be a big book!

Anyway-- this book tells you about the breed, it's history, what it was bred for, characteristics of the fiber, special tips on dyeing, spinning, using yarn of the fiber-- and then-- the best part-- it shows these life size or close to life size pictures of the fiber raw that means unwashed and washed, and then spun into yarn-- and then also shows a small knit and woven sample.

How cool is that?

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So-- if you are into natural fiber, sheep, spinning yarn-- this is for you. I'm so glad my borrowing days are over-- I finally bought myself my own copy! It is beautifully illustrated and written in a manner which makes it easy to find the information you are looking for. I began hand spinning about two years ago on top and bottom whorls, in hopes of one day owning a spinning wheel.

I never realized there were so many different breeds of sheep. In my quest to discover other types of fleece and fibers to spin, I have referenced this book time and time again in the short period of time that I have owned it. I have found that the fleece and fibers available for spinning are numerous. Aside from the much loved merino, you have the exotic camel, the woolly yak, the amazingly soft angora from rabbits and so much more. This book gives you the regions that the animals are from, their characteristics, how they came to be there, the attributes of their fleece, what their fleece is best suited for, etc.

From the novice spinner to the most advanced and knowledgeable spinner and in between, all will find this book an amazingly fact filled, informative and fun read.

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I recommend that if you are a spinner interested in learning about different fabulous fleece and fibers or looking to broaden your knowledge of the fleece and fibers you already work with, to get this book. Glad I purchased this one. Favorite parts were the very detailed photos, precise fiber information, and enough history on breeds and anecdotal information to keep it interesting. Focuses mainly on sheep. Would have been nice to see a more expanded section on non sheep fibers, but the fact that other fibers were included at all is refreshing.

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! 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 This book is an amazing book! You will learn what our ancestors did before there were stores where we could just purchase wool and other fiber items off the shelf. Yes, spinning wool and other fibers involves a lot of work, but when you have the finished product, it is divine!

I have my late mother's spinning wheel. Yes, she got heavily into spinning. On that spinning wheel, there is a long tail of wool she spun. I also inherited a lot of bags of wool. Unfortunately, I have now found out I am allergic to it and cannot even touch it! So I keep the spinning wheel as a remembrance of my mother spinning, and will have to find people who are interested in the bags and bags of wool she has. I had gone on many a trips with her to purchase the wool from different farmers.

Believe it or not, this craft is very active, and wool and other fibers from animals are very sought after, even today. These farms are very close to where I live! I was so surprised! There is a good certain monotony to spinning. It gives you a lot of time to just get lost in the art of the project, or to pray, or to think about life in general, or whatever your certain thing to do would be while doing it.

Spinning involves the whole body. You use your foot to make the wheel spin around, and you use both hands to craft the right amount of fiber into what you are trying to make. The more fiber you use, the thicker the resulting yarn or threads will turn out. I always liked to watch my mom spin and see the different looks on her face, and try to guess what she could be thinking about.

I honestly think she enjoyed the overall experience. I cannot begin to tell you everything that is covered in this book. I sure had fun reading it. I should have done the review immediately after I finished the book, and now I am sorry I did not, but, I can tell you it is a fleece and fiber lover's dream come true!

I had a little difficulty writing the review because it was so close to my mother's passing, that I am just now able to write this review. I didn't really catch on to exactly what this book was about, nor did I think it would bother me to read it when I did, but it did, especially after finding out it is all about Spinning. Now the book has expired from NetGalley, so I don't have it to refer back to it.

I am giving you what I remember from the book. This book talks about the different fleeces and fibers available from the many different animals, from sheep, to rabbits, and many more!

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The animal on the cover of the book, on the lower left hand corner! I cannot think of the name of that animal! It's fibers are wanted as well! Can you believe it? I was shocked when I found that out!


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There are many farms with those animals on them, too. The author gets into talking about cleaning the different fibers, to the brushes used to brush them, and many more of the different tools needed for the different techniques needed to use these fleeces and fibers, etc. The author takes us into spinning these items as well. She shows us how to do it, gives us suggestions and more. For anyone interested in Spinning, this is THE book to have! Even if you might be interested in learning what it is about, even how it works, it's worth checking out at the library if you don't want to invest in the Spinning Wheel, or don't know if it's for you.

This is "the" book for fleeces and fibers. You will enjoy it immensely! It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but, of my own honest opinion. Jan 28, TheGeekyBlogger rated it it was amazing. 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 this really helpful when looking up some of my favorite yarns and the type of mixes they were. The information was both informative and fun to learn. There is something freeing about knowing what is in the yarn that I use, especially since branching out into making clothing. I enjoyed learning more about the yarns that I use and will be keeping this book nearby for reference Who I would recommend it too: Anyone who works with Yarn and wants to know the breakdown of everything involved in getting it to market.

Nov 10, Ruth Ann rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 This is a quality resource that has been detrimental on my spending cash.

As much as I lust for qiviut, it will be some time until I get my hands of this fine fiber. Each entry is very complete with animal information, sidebars, and photos. Tapestry Weaving Kirsten Glasbrook. Weaving Made Easy Liz Gipson. Ondule Textiles Norma Smayda. Collapse Weave Anne Field.

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  7. Handwoven Baby Blankets Tom Knisely. A Handbook of Weaves G. The Dyer's Handbook Dominique Cardon. Review quote A reference you'll return to again and again as you grow as a fiber artist. A comprehensive manual for the wool aficionado. Packed with photos and detailed fiber properties, it covers every breed of sheep you are likely to encounter and then some. Not only is this a library essential for yarn users who take their wool, alpaca, llama, cashmere and yak seriously; it's also an important text for those involved in the husbandry of our four-legged fiber friends.

    If we want to preserve our "heirloom" fibers, we need to know their names. Far from drab and dreary, Robson and Ekarius enliven the pictures and descriptions of about breeds of sheep, inserting critical information and fun facts. Well written and researched, a reference for all ages.

    Starred review--Craftzine "Every once in a while there is a book that lives up to it's hype. Only once in a blue moon are we lucky enough to get a book that surpasses all the stories that have led up to it.

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    The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook is a blue moon book. The spinning world has been buzzing about this book for years, and Deb Robson has been kind enough to share writing the process on her blog, but that still didn't prepare me for the completeness of the book. The sheer complexity of the subject made clear, useful and not just interesting, but fascinating. More than animal fibers and breeds laid out and dissected by an animal expert and a spinning expert jump off of the page in concise prose that speaks to the history of the breed; fleece, fiber and lock characteristics; using the fiber in dyeing, spinning, knitting and weaving.

    The photography is crisp enough to count crimps and shows fiber as washed and unwashed; prepped and spun, and sometimes knit or woven. The authors manage to do all of this using pages per breed.