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Spin Art by Jacey Boggs.

Interweave Press.

Spinners spend a lot of time trying to spin perfect, fine yarns, and it can be difficult for those with experience in making fine yarns to let loose and make yarn with more texture and personality.

Jacey Boggs takes a rather technical approach to producing textured yarns, explaining how to make a yarn with a lot of detail as well as a lot of integrity in her book Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn.

About the Book

  • Pages: 144
  • Format: paperback with flaps
  • Illustrations: full-color photographs
  • Special features: 90-minute DVD shows several techniques in more detail
  • Publication date: December 2011

Technical Texture

Boggs approaches textured spinning from the standpoint of wanting to produce beautiful but also functional yarns that are as balanced as possible. She strives to improve on techniques and turn what's sometimes thought of as an accident into something that can be reproduced easily and make a yarn with more structure and integrity than might otherwise be found.

Because of that the text is more detailed than you might otherwise find, and the pictures do a good job of illustrating how the techniques are performed. (A DVD also accompanies the book; see below for more on that.)

The book covers a wide variety of techniques for singles, plied and multi-plied yarns, including:

  • the "racing stripe," a simple wrap around a singles yarn
  • autowraps and tornadoes
  • corespinning, including cocoons and tailspinning
  • thick and thin yarns and beehives
  • stringing and integrating foreign objects
  • spiral plying, stacks and coils
  • loops including twists, halos, boucle and fauxcle
  • chain plying, chain stacks and cables

There's also a chapter on combinations and advanced techniques that mark truly complex and beautiful yarns.

The DVD

The book also comes with a 90-minute DVD that shows some of the techniques being spun in real time. This is fun to watch on its own because spinning masters make even difficult techniques look easy, but it would be great to watch the DVD and spin along as you learn.

Of course this is perfect for visual learners who might want more than a few pictures to help them understand the techniques. You can pause the DVD or play a section over and over while you spin, and then have the book to refer to when you're more comfortable.

Bottom Line

Get Spun is a great book for spinners who want to produce yarn that is textured and beautiful but also technically sound to be used for knitting.

The book is beautiful,fun and inspiring and will make spinners want to work to develop the skills needed to make these artful yarns. The DVD will help them see that it is possible and some of the techniques are not too difficult but produce great results.

Publisher's website

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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