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Create unique and personal yarns for weaving, knitting, crocheting. A simple and creative art. Carol Kroll, 8 1/4" x 11", 48 pp.
The Story of Spinning Preparing the Fiber for Spinning Spinning with the Drop Spindle Spinning on the Treadle Wheel Finishing the Yarn Obtaining a Spinning Wheel Spinning Other Animal Fibers Spinning Other Fibers Making Novelty Yarns Using Your Homespun Yarns Bibliography and Sources of Supply
Excerpt from Chapter 1 The Story of Spinning  The story of spinning is interwoven with the history of man. Paintings on Egyptian tombs record it. Grecian lyres and voices sing of it. Wherever any traces of early man have been found there has also been evidence of spun thread or spinning implements.  The first human attempts at spinning probably consisted of twisting animal fibers and suitable plant materials. The mere act of twisting them into strands make them useful and strong. The coarser fibers, such as jute or hemp, were usually used to make rope, cordage and string while finer ones, such as cotton, flax, silk and wool, were used for cloth. Most early spinners were highly skilled craftsmen, despite the primitive tools which were used.  Many of the earliest spinning methods and tools described in this chapter are still in use today, especially the various drop spindles and such types as the India and Navajo spindles. Copyright Permission given by Dover Publications, Inc.