I have always loved books especially books that help to teach me something--- and I Love cookbooks especially-I have collected so many over the years that now it has to be something really special for me to buy another cookbook-especially with pinterest and other sites online for finding recipes.
Back in the late '70s when I first learned to weave on my 30" 4 harness J Made jack loom I purchased several books on weaving and many Interweave Press' pattern booklets. and back then til probably around the '90s I enjoyed their magazine Handwoven which personally I don't feel is worth the money now-I am glad I saved all of my old issues as they had some really good patterns in those. I have not picked up a new weaving book as I haven't found any that are any better than what I have.
Do any of you weavers know if there is another weaving magazine around?
Learning to spin though a couple years ago-and still working on that-I have picked up several new spinning books and have learned allot from them.
This morning I just bought a new one-The Practical Spinner's Guide Rare Luxury Fibers by Mackenzie on Amazon. Of course I was not looking for this lol - it popped in my mail box from Amazon
I have a couple wools that are double coated and I need some insight on those. I have a big bag of navajo churro that years ago I must have seperated the two layers, and now even after washing and rinsing in unicorn products they are still really matted together-it did card up nice though once I got the fibers pulled apart.
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I thought I would share some of the spinning books I have picked up in the last couple years that for me were worth the money:
The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson
The Spinner"s Book of Fleece by Beth Smith-this is really an excellent book
I just found out about Ply magazine through a video class I bought on Craftsy It is a beautiful magazine but a little pricey for me as a yearly subscription especially that when they do share a few patterns seemed to be mostly for knitters and I don't knit. I did buy a couple back issues by topics though and was very pleased with the articles.
The Field Guide to Fleece by Robison and Ekarius I bought when I was learning the breeds and buying fleece and I feel is a must have if you enjoy learning about the different sheeps and their fleece-full of information
and I had picked up Cotton, Flax, Hemp by Stephanie Gaustad and Silk by Sara Lamb which I have not gotten to yet.
I had purchased some organic cotton to learn how to spin and also a little silk-I may end up blending those into wool and see what happens.
Please feel free to share your favorite books, online classes, or magazines about spinning with us
Enjoy your day