A GREAT Book for Handspinners Young and Old | The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design

Sarah Anderson’s “The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design” is a beautiful and informative book.  The cover photo of artfully displayed natural white handspun yarns tantalizes the reader to open the book and explore further. I have been a handspinner for over 30 years and rarely have I seen a book with clearer instructions.  As a visual learner I particularly appreciated the step by step photos of the yarns in progress as well as the matching photo of the finished yarn. The book is layed in progressive sections, starting with a good introduction to the basics of handspinning.  This section covers such topics as choosing and washing raw fleece, hand and drum carding, blending color, determining yarn twist, and using wool combs for worsted spinning. After the Basics chapter Ms. Anderson moves instructions for several individual type yarns.  She covers Spinning Singles for Plying, Stand Alone Singles, Spiral Yarns, Opposing Plies, Boucles, Cable Yarns, Crepe Yarns and finally, Novelty Yarns. And, there is a wonderful bonus to this book.  On the back inside cover an envelope is attached that contains 64 reference cards with photos for each yarn and technique covered in the book.  These cards fit handily into your spinning take along bag or basket.  They are great when questions arise in the field and it is inconvenient to carry a bulky book. This is a great text for both the beginner and advanced handspinner.  I highly recommend “The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs.”

A Treasure Trove of Jewelry and Fiber Craft Titles

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a huge number of Jewelry, Sewing, Knitting, Paper Crafts, Felting, and Crocheting remainder titles.  Remainders are new books that are usually priced 50-75% off the original retail price.  Many of these titles are from well known craft publishers such as Interweave Press and North Light.

Among the jewelry books you will find Bead Romantique by Lisa Kan, emphasizing designs with a romantic, but modern sensibility.    Wire & Bead Celtic Jewelry by Linda Jones is filled with unique and enchanting projects that use the intricate curves, knots, and swirls of the Celtic people.  Another beautiful jewelry title is Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller.  In this book the author teaches how to create stunning necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using stylish copper.

The fiber department is overflowing with books that are suitable for the new knitter, but also many that provide challenges for the seasoned pro.  There are titles devoted solely to socks, shawls, or sweaters.  Many titles teach basic knitting skills (such as how to create cables) and then list numerous stitch patterns to incorporate into projects.

The seamstress will find new titles here also.   Check out Customizing Cool Clothes by Kate Haxell, a book that explains how to take a basic garment and spice it up to match your personality.  Author Meg McElwee brings us another cool sewing book titled Sew Liberated which includes 20 stylish projects for the modern seamstress.

Lastly, we have several new craft titles that are devoted to collage technique,  soap making,  and using found objects to create art pieces.  Don’t miss this opportunity to buy great craft titles at 50% or less of retail value.