These are the books from our library that relate to spinning and fibre. Descriptions will be added gradually. Members can browse and borrow whenever we have a Guild meeting at Strathpeffer Community Centre. To borrow at any other time, please contact us via this website.

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    Learn to Spin

    By Anne Field

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    Know Your Sheep

    By Jack Byard

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    Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics

    The book starts with a section on fleece: how to choose and prepare a fleece for spinning; how to analyse it to see what it is best wuited for. This is followed by sections on spinning wheels and yarn design. Finally there is a project section. By Anne Field, published 1995.

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    The Ashford Book of Spinning

    A fairly comprehensive book aimed at beginners – with information on how to spin, card, skein, and a bit about dyeing. Mostly concerned with wool, but with a section on other fibres, including how to dress a distaff for flax spinning. As the spinning wheel featured is the Asford Traditional this could also be useful if you have acquired one second hand and do not know much about it. By Anne Field, published 1986.

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    The Joy of Spinning

    By Marilyn Kluger

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    Wool: East Anglia's Golden Fleece

    By Nigel Heard

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    Spinning Wheels, Spinners and Spinning

    By Patricia Baines

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    The Fleece & Fibre Source Book

    Subtitled: More than 200 fibres from animal to spun yarn. By Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius

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    Spinning Designer Yarns

    More words than pictures, but all the basics of yarn design are here. By Diane Varney, published 1987

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    Spinning, Dyeing & Weaving

    By Penny Walsh

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    Complete Guide to Handspinning

    By K Grasett

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    The Essentials of Handspinning

    By Mabel Ross

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    Spinning and Weaving at Home

    Subtitled: Making and using your own low-cost spinning wheel and loom. By Thomas Kilbride (Self-sufficient Living Series).

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    The Craft of Handspinning

    Published in 1980, the photographs make this book look very dated. However, it is a very good introduction to handspinning, covering all the basics, and including sections on different kinds of fibres, with an excellent series of photos on dressing a flax distaff. By Eileen Chadwick.

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    Spindle Spinning

    Needle Crafts series

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    Introducing Spindle Spinning

    By Mike Halsey

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    The Essentials of Yarn Design for Handspinners

    Full of excellent information for those wishing to improve their spinning and learn to produce yarns they have designed intentionally for specific projects. By Mabel Ross

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    Start Spinning

    Covers the basics of spinning on spindle or wheel. The information is clear and well illustrated. Spinning is probably best learned from a person, but beginners will find this helpful in consolidating what they have learned. By Maggie Casey

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    Handspinning

    By Eliza Leadbeater

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    Spinning and Weaving

    By S E Ellacott

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    Q J

    One of the books left to the Guild by Rose McLennan, a spinner, weaver and dyer who died in 2011 at the age of 103. She has noted on the front: survey of fleeces for handspinning.

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    Creative Spinning

    A book for inspiration