Item description for Spinning Designer Yarns by Diane Varney...
This inspiring illustrated guide teaches experienced spinners to make beautiful designer yarns and encourages them to be more creative and have more fun with spinning. Handspun yarns can be white, lumpy, gray, and preciseor they can be as colorful and deliciously textured as the spinner's imagination. Presented are instructions on applying dye to fibers in new, exciting ways; predicting how novelty yarns will look in finished fabrics; blending fibers for color and texture effects; spinning singles and plied yarns; and using these fantastic new yarns in weaving, knitting, and crocheting. Spinners will also add corespun, boucl+, snarl, knotted, and tufted yarns to their spinning repertoire. This replaces 0934026297.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 7" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 193149939X ISBN13 9781931499392
Reviews - What do customers think about Spinning Designer Yarns?
Not bad... Dec 23, 2007
A lot of good information, attractively presented. I learned about a few specialty yarn constructions and overall the book was easy to read.
When I took it out of the envelope, I was a little disappointed by the size of the book. It's pretty thin. A lot was covered, but it didn't really seem like it was covered in depth. I was hoping to hear MORE about fibers, MORE about twist, etc.
To be fair, my main reference up to this point has been the Alden Amos Book of Handspinning, and that's a tome, so that might have affected my perspective. Still, this book just seems a bit "broad brushstrokes" for me.
Needs some work Dec 4, 2007
This book covered a lot of ground, but some parts were very frustrating. The full color images are great, but the little numbered captions are not easy to understand at all -- it is hard to tell which yarn is described by which number.
Some instructions just seem to need editing. For one yarn, instead of saying "you'll need mohair for this" in the beginning, she ends with something like "if you don't use mohair it won't work well."
It was an interesting book to read, but borrow it from a friend or the library first to see whether you want to own it.
Love it, wish there were clearer pix Aug 2, 2007
I love this book. It has tons of stuff in there that I've never even thought of doing. The instructions are clear enough, and the little illustrations are helpful. I just wish that the pictures at the beginning of the different sections were more clear. There's a picture of a number of skeins of yarn and the opposite page has a "key" to the opposing picture, telling you which yarn was made using what technique. It's a little confusing at times and I wish there were some more in depth pix. But other than that the info is great, and this site has a great price! I'm not giving up my copy any time soon! =0)
Excellent guide for advanced techniques Apr 1, 2007
Great book I was looking for... Well written with step by step instructions and illustrations. I like this book!
Want to expand your spinning horizons? This is a book for you! Mar 25, 2007
Having gone to Nova Scotia for a spinning workshop in exotic and novelty spinning, this book was a wonderful find on my return home. Diane Varney clearly and consisely details how to create slub yarns, snarl yarns, fuzzy yarns, boucles, various cabled yarns. Using her techniques as a foundation, the possibilities become endless to apply these to any combination of fibers and embellishments to one's yarn creations. A definite plus to any spinner's library!