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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 10 November 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217947
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £7.50 (1 available)
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £14.99
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Yarn Spinning with a Modern Twist


How to create your own gorgeous yarns using a drop spindle by Vanessa Kroening

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Book Description

This accessible and inspiring introduction to drop-spindle spinning is ideal for fibre artists, knitters, crocheters, felters and weavers.

Vanessa Kroening explains how to clean and prepare fleece for spinning, giving valuable tips to beginners and more experienced spinners alike. There are sections on choosing a fleece, carding, blending colours, making rolags (rolls of fibre), batts (flat carded fibres) and a step-by-step explanation of how to use a drop spindle a great way to spin your own yarn without needing to invest in an expensive spinning wheel.

Vanessa also shows you to how to ply and dye your yarn and how to add beads, sequins and other decorative elements for a modern and wonderfully artistic finish.

Table of Contents

Choosing & Preparing your Fleece
Fibre Preparation
Finishing the Yarn
Drop Spindle Techniques

About the Author

About Vanessa Kroening

Vanessa Kroening is an expert in spinning with a drop spindle, and acquired her knowledge through reading, researching, experimenting and meeting with like-minded crafters. She has exhibited as The Spinner’s Stash at craft and fibre shows such as The British Wool Show, Kirsty Allsopp’s Handmade Fair, Yarnporium and Textiles East and now exhibits at yarn shows in the US such as Stitches Midwest and Southeastern Animal and Fiber Fair. Additionally, she offers lessons and workshops in both spinning and felting.

Vanessa is married with one child and lives in Georgia in the US, after 15 years in the UK. She is American and was formerly an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force. Vanessa's online shop, The Spinner’s Stash, specializes in handmade drop spindles, and spinning and felting fibres. Samples of her work can be found on her website, thespinnersstash.com and on Instagram @thespinnersstash.


Customer Review

This is an amazing book both for beginners and more experienced spinners. It covers just about everything from equipment, methods of colour blending using carder, drum carder and blending boards, spinning, plying and even dyeing. I would definitely recommend.

Customer Review

An excellent introduction to spinning with a drop spindle.

Unlike some authors who are didactic with methodology you are given options in things like how to hold a spindle to suit you. The 'why' of following procedures is explained which led to a couple of lightbulb moments and explained why instructions from other authors resulted in a messy failure. Beautiful photography of each stage of taking fibre from fleece to yarn encourages you to start from scratch rather than relying on processed rolags. Lots of practical tips and the odd warning made this such a great read that I look forward, with confidence, to accepting next time my local farmer offers a fleece.

Publisher's Weekly

The colorful debut from spinner Kroening teaches crafters how to make yarn using a drop spindle. The author breaks down how to use the simple instrument to turn raw fleece into thread, helping readers get started with advice on how to choose a fleece (matted wool is hard to spin, and kemp doesnt dye well), clean it (tease the fibers apart and soak them in warm water), and card it (she prefers using a blending board, which resembles a small easel with sharp-toothed tines on it). Step-by-step photos show how to use the spindle, which dangles in the air from a strand of wool that tightens into yarn as one spins the tool. The authors variations on drop spindle technique are a highlight, showing how to incorporate beads, sequins, and other embellishments. She also shows how to adjust the way one feeds wool to the spindle to create different yarn textures; for example, intermittently adjusting the angle of ones wrist downward as one pushes the wool creates a thick-and-thin thread that leaves tufts in the yarn. The bounty of photos ensure readers will know how every step should look, and Kroenings knowledge of the craft impresses. This makes yarn spinning easy.

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