The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns

Sarah Anderson (Author) Judith MacKenzie (Foreword by)


Discover the satisfying fun of spinning your own yarn! This step-by-step guide shows you how to create 80 distinctive yarn types, from classics like mohair bouclé to novelties like supercoils. Covering the entire spinning process, Sarah Anderson describes the unique architecture of each type of yarn and shares expert techniques for manipulating and combining fibers. Take your crafting to a new level and ensure that you have the best yarn available by spinning it yourself.

Product Details

Storey Publishing
Publish Date
January 29, 2013
8.2 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 2.2 pounds
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About the Author

Sarah E. Anderson is a visual artist who works primarily in acrylics and pen and ink. She is also very interested in book-making and graphic narratives. Her other interests include expanding her already large book collection, playing a variety of video games, attending philharmonic concerts, and running around the neighborhood. Sarah would like to thank John Morano for giving her the opportunity to work on this book with him. She would also like to thank her parents for their continuing support.
Dr Judith Mackenzie is the TC Consultant, supervisor, trainer and psychodynamic lead for Dovegate TC. She is qualified in general medicine as well as highly experienced and holding qualifications in key aspects of psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and medical management


This inspired resource for spinners details the dizzying array of techniques and tactics that turn fleece into yarn. Veteran spinner Anderson has created a veritable spinner's cookbook, detailing 80 lovely concoctions and confections, with suggestions for variations and further exploration. The opening chapter covers basic fiber preparation and spinning techniques. Chapters on singles, the spinner's basic building block, detail techniques for stand-alone singles and singles for plying; subsequent chapters cover spiral yarns, opposing plies, boucles, cable, crepe, coil, and novelty yarns. Delicious varieties such as spiral "flame yarn," "bubble crepe," "cloud yarn," and distinctive "pigtail yarn" are detailed. Beautiful illustrations and clear step-by-step diagrams are offered for each of the 80 yarns that are discussed, and pop-out boxes with tips, tricks, and food for thought (for example, "lace knitting: two-ply versus three-ply") pepper each chapter. The pages have thoughtful side tab labels to make finding the right section easy. Inventive, accessible, and fun, this book is an invitation to spinners of all skill levels to venture into uncharted territory and try out something new. This beautiful reference is an essential addition to any spinner's library.