Are you an “old hand” at ‘carding’ and ‘spinning’ or are you just in the need of a challenge in trying something new?
Then Hand Spun (Quarry Books, Feb. 2012), by Lexi Boeger, is the book for you. Her recent book is based upon her other books Handspun Revolution and Intertwine; (both Quarry Books).
Lexi Boeger has designed a new style in the art of spinning fiber into yarn by hand. Her original ideas have been recognized by the World of International Art via public displays and workshops.
Lexi’s new twist in the time-honored skill of working with natural fibers through ‘carding’ to ‘spinning’ have dubbed her the “Pioneer of Art-Yarn” and “Creator of Pluckyfluff”.
In Hand Spun Lexi Boeger will teach you how to prepare fiber/fleece. You will be shown different twisting techniques as well as ‘In-Line Crochet’ while you are spinning.
Her words of wisdom in Chapter Two, “We learn from others, but we can only discover things by ourselves”, really hit home for me.
She goes on to say, “There really is no right or wrong way to do something when you are creating. Do not think in terms of failure or success, but rather in the constant build up of knowledge.”
The third chapter will give you an insight in ‘Core Spinning’ with the right fibers and chapter four will show you a ‘Gallery’ of hand-spun yarns to inspire your inner creativeness.
There are some wonderful creative projects you can try your hand at in chapter 5 of this book; such as Easy Felted Fleece Rug, Cabin Hat, Monkey Wrap, Webby Wrap, New Weave Belt, Rocker Jacket and Sewn Beanie……..just to name a few.
Where to Buy
Hand Spun by Lexi Boeger can be purchased from the following online stores:
- Amazon(U.S.) – Available as a paperback edition. International shipping.
- Amazon (U.K.) – Sold as a paperback edition.
- Barnes & Noble – Offered as a paperback edition. Worldwide shipping.
The only negative aspect I have towards Lexi Boeger’s book Hand Spun is her use of polyester and metal threads. It may be possible to substitute them for sewing threads which are more natural.
I’m sure, on page 38, Lexi was only joking about drinking two double cappuccino’s and a Red Bull before you begin to spin. Her comment was to emphasise that spinning is a ‘lengthy’ process and so time consuming.
I loved reading the short ‘biographies’ of Natalie Redding, Stephanie Gorin and Janice Rosema whom Lexi has interviewed. Natalie Redding breeds Angora Goats for spinning fiber.
Stephanie Gorin is a Batt and Roving Artist of Loop Fiber and Janice Rosema is a Fiber Artist.
I feel you must at least have some basic understanding and knowledge on how to spin fiber to get the best out of Hand Spun by Lexi Boeger.
I would suggest ‘new comers’ to attend workshops or watch videos before buying themselves a ‘Drum Carder’ and ‘Spindle’ (Spinning Wheel).
Where to Purchase Spinning Wheels & Drum Carders
Manual or electric wooden spinning wheels (spindles) and drum carders are available on eBay.
Manual drum carders are also advertised on Amazon.
Other ‘Quarry Books’ Featured on Erin’s Eco List:
- Eco Art Project Book for DIY Artists: “Green Guide for Artists” by Karen Michel.
- Easy to Read Raw Food Recipe Book: “Going Raw” by Judita Wignall.
- Self-Sufficient Living Handbook: “The Home Orchard Handbook”by Cem Akin and Leah Rottke.