Colonial Lake Books

Spinning Books

The Ashford Book of Carding - $26.00
Jo Reeve. Tutorials: Flick carding; Hand carding; Drum carding; Fleece to sliver; Colour Blending; Fibre blending. Projects: Self-striping socks; Merino mittens; Triangular shawl; Merino and silk scarf. What more needs to be said? 92pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Handspinning - $26.00
Jo Reeve. Learn to hand spin with fibre artist Jo Reeve. Jo, the author of the very popular Ashford Book of Carding, has twenty-seven years of spinning experience and will show you how to spin from the beginning through to advanced techniques. Learn how to create unique yarns using different techniques and fibres and make five easy projects using your handspun yarn. Step by step instructions and gorgeous colour photographs will take you on a new journey of creativity. 116pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Spinning (2nd Hand) - $43.00
Anne Field. Although written specifically for the Ashford wheel, the material included here is so basic and so well presented that it would benefit any spinner. Further, it goes well beyond simply providing instructions for spinning. There are chapters on dyeing, felting, and instructions for making projects using handspun yarns. There are sweaters and scarves, mittens and booties, and more -- each illustrated in color. Illustrated. 160pp, Pb.

Ashford Booklet: Learn To Spin - $6.00
A small basic instruction manual in the art of spinning, from the makers of the famous Ashford wheels. 12pp, Pb.

The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn - $49.00
Brenda Gibson. Spinning is experiencing a resurgence of interest as it moves in a contemporary direction away from its traditional past. The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides a new generation of crafters with all the information they need in one accessible package, starting with tools and equipment, types of fibers, and spinning techniques to making, processing, and finishing off a skein of yarn. Included are actual recipes for making many types of yarn, ranging from boucles, to worsteds, to flecked, and chunky yarns, all shown in full-color close-up detailed photos. Instructions for a small group of projects to use the yarn you make are also included. Last but not least, learn how to go commercial, with valuable tips on realistically pricing your goods, accepting commissions, selling at craft fairs or on the internet, and more. A must-have reference and source of inspiration for new and experienced spinners alike, The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides all the know-how to get started, perfect your skills, or take your spinning to the next level. 144pp. Pb.

Field Guide To Fleece: 100 Sheep Breeds and How to Use Their Fibers - $23.00
Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius. Confronted with the wide array of fleece and fibre available today, fibre artists want to understand how each type of fibre is used best, based on a sheep's breed characteristics. And they want the information in a compact, portable format that's easy to bring to fibre festivals and knitting shops. While the authors' first book, The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, is the comprehensive bible to the topic, this friendly paperback will appeal as a primer for those new to working with fleece and as a handy reference for the avid enthusiast. 232pp. Pb.

Fleece & Fiber Source Book - $53.00
Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius. This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs. Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal, its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and the yarn knitted and woven. You'll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber's color, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without. Spinners (and knitters) this is the book you've been asking for: more photos and breeds than In Sheep's Clothing and more sheepy and animal goodness than The Knitter's Book of Wool. 448pp. Hb.

Hand Woolcombing and Spinning - $57.00
Peter Teal. Here is a book for handspinners who aspire to a high standard of professional excellance in their work. The book rediscovers many of the old methods and explains how to make the tools, how to prepare, dye, and blend the fibre, and finally how to spin a worsted yarn of controlled quality and specification. Few books go into the process of woolcombing to such a practical detail. Extra chapter added on scotch tension versus double drive. 212pp. Hb.

Intertwined - $27.00
Lexi Boeger. Intertwined is an inspirational handbook for yarn lovers everywhere, created in an eye-popping, showcase style and packed with sparkling, full-color photos.This book will be a delight to the enthusiastic fiber crowd that is growing by leaps and bounds. It captures all the excitement of experimental, handspun yarns, and includes recipes for handspun yarns, project ideas for knitters and crocheters, tips on how to use one-of-a-kind handspun yarns (whether you spin them or buy them at yarn boutiques), and a gallery of handmade creations. The book also features profiles, anecdotes, essays, and thoughts on fiber arts and the creative process. Contributors range from Alpaca farmers and cutting-edge spinners to well-known knitwear designers. 304pp. Pb.

The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax & Hemp - $29.00
Stephanie Gaustad. Cotton, flax, and hemp behave very differently from wool, and special handling is required. Stephenie discusses how each fiber behaves, and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots like drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns cleaning, setting twist, and plying and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding color. Finally, she includes a discussion of spinning for both knitting and weaving, covering fabric properties of each fiber, and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating the yarn and using it in a subsequent project. 160pp. Pb.

The Practical Spinner's Guide: Rare Luxury Fibers - $39.00
Judith Mackenzie. From angora to bison, camel to cashmere, there's a whole world of rare luxury fibers just waiting to be spun! The go-to expert for fiber artists, Judith MacKenzie shares insights into working with uncommon (but readily available) luxury fibers in this comprehensive, yet practical, guide for today's spinners. With her natural voice for story telling that is both engaging and informative, she discusses the history of each of these fibers, how they are used today, characteristics unique to each, and where to find them. She also dives deep into the specific spinning techniques for each fiber, knitting and weaving rare fibers, and dying them once spun. 144pp. Pb.

The Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk - $29.00
Sara Lamb. Silk fiber differs from wool; it is slicker, harder to draft, and can initially be more difficult to spin into a smooth yarn. It is available in a bewildering range of forms, all of which need different degrees of processing. At the same time, silk is incredibly strong, has an amazing luster and affinity for dyes, is comfortable in warm and cool weather, and has little weight. An ounce of silk fiber can be pricey, but also provide a lot of mileage. Spinning enough yarn for a garment may take well over a month; spinning silk is not instant gratification, but deeply satisfying when the work is complete. Author and expert spinner Sara Lamb will discuss the various forms in which silk is available combed top, bricks, noils, hankies, and bells and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots like drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns cleaning and degumming, setting twist, and plying and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding color, as well as how to blend silk into other spinning fibers. Finally, she includes very brief discussions of spinning for both knitting and weaving, discussing the properties of woven and knitted fabric and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating the yarn and using it in a subsequent project. 128pp. Pb.

The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool - $39.00
Kate Larson. For centuries, fiber artists have been using wool at their spinning wheels to create beautiful yarns. Despite this fiber's long history of use, spinners still have many unanswered questions about it. How does one choose a fleece when at a fiber festival? What's the best way to wash and prep wool fibers for spinning? When should one send fibers to a mill vs. processing it by hand? What's available to the spinner purchasing prepared fibers? For the answers to these questions, and so many others, fiber artist and shepherdess Kate Larson presents this book. Kate is a well-loved contributor and respected instructor in the spinning community. Selecting fleece, understanding types of fleeces, and making the best use of the fleece one has is an art form. There are various and often conflicting approaches to nearly every aspect of the journey a fleece will make from sheep to finished textile. All of the various methods of fleece preparation and spinning have a place in a spinner's repertoire of skills. Knowing when and how to make use of these skills is the foundation of Kate's approach to teaching. Here she shares her years of experience in a way that readers of all skill levels, from those working from fleeces sheered from their own flocks to those spinning indie dyed fibers, will find useful and valuable. 160pp. Pb.

The Spinner's Book of Yarn Design - $44.00
Sarah Anderson. Discover the fun and satisfaction of spinning your own yarn! This step-by-step guide shows you how to create 80 distinctive yarns, from classics such as mohair boucle to novelty features like supercoils. Lush photographs illustrate the process of turning fleece into yarn, reveal the unique architecture of each yarn, and show exactly how to manipulate and combine fibers to get the results you want. With this must-have reference, you can create any yarn you desire. 224pp. Hb.

Start Spinning- $36.00
Maggie Casey. Everything you need to know to make great yarn. You can buy yarn anywhere, but spinners know that the best yarn is the kind you make for yourself. Start Spinning takes you from loose fiber to yarn made on a spindle and spinning wheel, with friendly advice and a sure hand at every step. Developed over two decades of teaching beginners, Maggie Casey's techniques and tidbits will have you creating delightful yarns to knit, weave, crochet and admire. Pb.

The Woolgatherers Handspun Pattern Book - $13.00
Albury Wodonga Hadweavers and Spinners Guild. A collection of favourite handspun patterns gathered together during the first ten yearsof the Albury/Wodonga Handweavers and Spinners Guild, 1970 - 1980. 64pp. Pb.

Yarnitecture - $45.00
Jillian Moreno. Create your dream yarn! Discover the pleasures of designing and building custom-made yarn by spinning it yourself, choosing everything from color to feel and gauge. Jillian Moreno leads you through every step of yarn construction, with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos showing you how to select the fiber you want (wool, cotton, silk, synthetic), establish a foundation, and spin a beautiful yarn with the structure, texture, and color pattern that you want. In addition to teaching you the techniques you need for success, Moreno also offers 12 delicious original patterns from prominent designers, each one showcasing hand-spun yarns. 240pp. Hb.