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Respect the Spindle


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Table of Contents

Introduction Spindle Anatomy Getting Started What About The Wheel? Fine Tuning Spindle Productivity Plying Your Spindle Lifestyle Five Spindle-Spun Projects Bibliography Index

About the Author

Abby Franquemont is a second-generation textile researcher raised in both the U.S. and the Andes, where she was taught to spin on a spindle at the age of five. She has been spinning, knitting, weaving, and crocheting for over thirty years. She is currently a fiber artist, teacher, technical editor, and writer on spinning and related topics. Her writing has appeared in Spin-Off, Spindlicity, and Twist Collective, and she is a contributor to the forthcoming More Homespun Handknit.


This is much more than a technique book. There are 50 pages about spindles and the history of spinning, before you get to "Starting to Spin". The instructions are very well done, nothing is rushed and there are good photos of everything you need. I'd happily recommend this to a beginner. It is a very readable book. We have tales of Abby's own experiences as a spinner, a chapter on how spindles work (it does get a bit technical, but she does explain it all clearly), all spindle spinning and plying techniques well covered, and even a few pages on looking after your spindles and repairing them. A good read, excellent spinning instructions, helpful photos.-Yarn Maker

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