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.
Learn to Spin
By Anne Field
Know Your Sheep
By Jack Byard
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.
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.
The Joy of Spinning
By Marilyn Kluger
Wool: East Anglia's Golden Fleece
By Nigel Heard
Spinning Wheels, Spinners and Spinning
By Patricia Baines
The Fleece & Fibre Source Book
Subtitled: More than 200 fibres from animal to spun yarn. By Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius
Spinning Designer Yarns
More words than pictures, but all the basics of yarn design are here. By Diane Varney, published 1987
Spinning, Dyeing & Weaving
By Penny Walsh
Complete Guide to Handspinning
By K Grasett
The Essentials of Handspinning
By Mabel Ross
Spinning and Weaving at Home
Subtitled: Making and using your own low-cost spinning wheel and loom. By Thomas Kilbride (Self-sufficient Living Series).
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.
Needle Crafts series
Introducing Spindle Spinning
By Mike Halsey
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
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
By Eliza Leadbeater
Spinning and Weaving
By S E Ellacott
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.
A book for inspiration