onsdag 23 mars 2011

Handspinning Rare Wools

This video about spinning rare wools is a treasure. It's a DVD with two discs, showing the wools, preparation, spinning, and the history of 38 breeds. Deborah Robson was the editor of Spin Off Magazine for thirteen years and one of the persons who were involved in the Save the Sheep Project. I was reading about that project with great interest at the time, and every now and then I return to articles in the magazine to freshen my knowledge about certain breeds and how to spin their wools. In August last year I had the opportunity to take Deb's class on rare wools in Stirling in Scotland. It was a day that left me full of new knowledge, ideas, and above all, a humble admiration of Deb's tremendous knowledge about sheep and wool, and of her passion for fibers, sheep and history.

"Handspinning Rare Wools, how to spin them, why we should care" can be ordered or downloaded from Interweave Press. I think the video should be in every spinner's reference library. 

Deb's and Carol Ekarius' book "The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: Moore than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn" will be released in May on Storey Publishing.