Practical Spinner's Guide : Cotton, Flax, Hemp
by Gaustad, Stephenie; Mackenzie, Judith (FRW)







Foreword4(4)
Judith MacKenzie
Chapter One Cotton
8(44)
Cotton Species
10(1)
Cotton Fiber Characteristics
11(2)
Growing Cotton
13(1)
Harvesting Cotton
14(1)
Preparing Cotton Fiber
15(10)
Spinning Cotton
25(27)
Chapter Two Flax
52(42)
Flax Species
54(2)
Flax Fiber Characteristics
56(2)
Growing Flax
58(1)
Harvesting Flax
58(1)
Preparing Flax Fiber
59(11)
Spinning Flax
70(24)
Chapter Three Hemp
94(18)
Hemp Species
96(1)
Hemp Fiber Characteristics
96(1)
Growing Hemp
97(1)
Harvesting Hemp
98(1)
Spinning Hemp
99(13)
Chapter Four Handling the Yarn
112(21)
General Yarn-Handling Techniques
115(10)
Setting the Twist
125(1)
Preparing to Dye
126(1)
Plying
127(4)
The End of the Yarn
131(2)
Chapter Five Knitting with the Enemy
133(9)
Perceived Drawbacks and How to Overcome Them
134(5)
The Importance of Size
139(1)
Finishing Cotton, Flax, and Hemp Knits
140(2)
Chapter Six Weaving Yarns & Tales
142(10)
Warp Yarn Characteristics
144(1)
Weft Yarn Characteristics
145(1)
More on Yarn Structure
145(1)
Dressing the Loom
146(4)
Finishing the Cloth
150(2)
Glossary Of Terms152(3)
Bibliography155(1)
Sett Table156(2)
Index158


Offers an overview of spinning cotton, flax, and hemp, looking at the characteristics of the plants and their fibers, and giving detailed instructions on how to properly card, prep, spin, and finish yarns made from them.





Stephenie Gaustad has been spinning, weaving, dyeing, and teaching for more than thirty-five years and has been featured in Handwoven, Spin.Off, and Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazines. She also hosts the DVD Spinning Cotton (Interweave). She and her husband, Alden Amos, live in the foothills of Sierra Nevada, where they build textile equipment.






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