The Rookie's Field Guide to Supported Spinning

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This book is for anyone who is curious about spinning yarn with supported spindles but doesn't quite know where to begin. The Field Guide will get you started with information on making your own spindles, doing Quality Assurance testing on made (or purchased) spindles, drafting, plying, and finishing your yarn. Supported spinning is easy on the body, restful for the mind, and soothing to the soul. More

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Published by Apple Jack Creek Books
Words: 19,050
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987862655
About Lonna Cunningham

Lonna Cunningham lives on a very small farm in rural Alberta where she and her family raise sheep, chickens and veggies, accompanied by a Dexter cow, several dogs and a fluctuating number of cats. You can read Lonna’s musings about life on the farm, knitting, gardening and a variety of other somewhat random subjects on her website at
Lonna rarely goes anywhere without a knitting project in hand and once sat at the side of the road after a car accident working on a sock while waiting for the police to arrive. She is engaged in an ongoing effort to balance the size of the fibre stash in such a way as to ensure that there is always enough on hand to allow for the immediate implementation of suddenly-inspired projects while at the same time attempting to stay within the available storage space. In addition to knitting, Lonna also enjoys spinning, particularly on her beloved century-old Canadian Production Wheel and her supported spindles, and she can often be found online in the Ravelry or Homesteading Today forums, where she is known as Frazzlehead.
The onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought Lonna’s twenty-year career in Information Technology to a rather unexpected end, and she is now exploring other ways in which she can contribute to the family’s financial stability (and pay for yarn).

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Review by: Emily Berr on Aug. 30, 2013 :
This is a well-written, clear, friendly and instructive book aimed at the novice spindler but equally useful to the more experienced, I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. Why pay more? I wish I'd had it when I began support spindling.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rosemary Madden on March 06, 2013 : (no rating)
What I love about this book is that it feels as though you're sitting with a friend having tea and discussing the many aspects of support spindling. It's written in such relaxed and soothing way. Everything is presented so as to not intimidate a new spindler, and to show them that they can do this. This is an excellent reference guide for anyone wanting to make their own spindles too. Spindling doesn't have to be an expensive hobby, but it can be a very fun and fulfilling one. The Field Guide is certainly a sparkling gem that will shine for a very long time in a lot of happy hands.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ginny Ward on March 06, 2013 :
I love this book. I am a new supported spinner , 7 months, and how I wish I had this guide 7 months ago. It is the first book that has answered the questions I have had In an easy to understand,and enjoyable read. I will keep a copy with my spindles and fiber forever. I was surprised to find so much information in such a concise, well written, and affordable book. In describing spinning with a support spindle she writes "It's like using magic wands to make magic things." This book is magical in the way it explains the art of supported spinning.
I also recommend, her book ," Demystifying Lace Knitting: the basics".
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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