"The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook"
Published on Monday, October 31, 2011 - 1:55pm
The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius is an encyclopedic examination of more than 200 animal fibers from around the world, including a wide variety of sheep breeds by group: Blackfaced Mountain, Cheviot, Dorset, Down, English Longwool (my personal favorite!), Feral, Merino, Northern European Short-Tailed, Welsh Hill and Mountain -- as well as a number of other breeds that don't fit as easily into the other groupings. These include Tunis -- a breed that goes back thousands of years, and hybrids such as the Coopworth and Targhee, oh-so-lovely to spin... A number of conservation breeds and mules (three-way cross breeds) are also examined. In addition to sheep -- goats, camelids, bison, rabbit, yak and more animal fibers are reviewed.
Each entry provides a photograph of the animal with a bit of history and background. Both narrative and photographic information is supplied regarding fleece weight and staple length, fiber diameters, lock characteristics and natural colors. Dying characteristics are provided as well as fiber preparation and spinning tips. Photographs of knit, crochet and woven samples are included, along with clean and raw locks, rovings and top, spun singles and plied yarns using various preparation methods, along with several examples of lamb/kid vs. mature animal hair.
A brief introduction to the biology of animal fiber and related topics, including a history of use and manufacture, along with a glossary of terms, are all provided at the beginning of the book.
This is an excellent tool for fiber enthusiasts, whether new to the crafts or for those who have been at it a while. It is truly a wonderful resource. To check out this fascinating book for yourself, just click on the link provided above and reserve your copy. Highly recommended!
--Debra Shumate, Branch Manager