Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont
The hand spindle remains one of the most productive, versatile, and convenient tools for creating stunning fiber arts from home, as this beautifully illustrated guide from a veteran spinner and spindle aficionado demonstrates.
Franquemont's beautifully crafted book can get a beginner started in the right direction, as well as add depth to an experienced spinner's knowledge. With step-by-step instructions, this essential manual details the basic steps of spinning, drafting, plying, then winding and finishing the yarn. The instruction is accompanied by lots of photo illustrations for many techniques to use on the way to spinning yarn just the way you want it. But this book is more than an instruction manual! It also explores the historic context of spinning, and offers a comprehensive look at different shapes and styles of spindles, from the practical to the traditional to the exquisite. A thorough discussion of the science and physics behind spinning is fascinating, and will give spinners the knowledge to spin with confidence, and above all, enjoy the process.
Interweave, 2009. 135 pages, paperback.