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The Yarn Book

Penny Walsh

128 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 113 color illus.
Paper 2006 | ISBN 9780812219609 | $26.50a | Outside the Americas £20.99
A volume in the series Textiles Handbooks
Not for sale in the British Commonwealth, except Canada, or in the European Union

"You'll learn much from The Yarn Book, and it will pay to read thoroughly rather than skim."—Spin Off
Yarn is the basic unit of textile construction and every fabric, except felt, is made with it. The properties of yarn-its ply, tensile strength, weight, elasticity, and resistance to heat, water, and shrinkage-are what give each yarn its unique characteristics. By manipulating these properties, an astonishing array of fabric types can be produced, creating any number of textures and appearances.

By focusing on these varieties, Penny Walsh is able to closely examine the composition and construction of different yarns and explore their many uses. She examines the techniques of spinning and the mechanisms used to create yarn. Color illustrations accompany the text, demonstrating the appearances of different yarns. There is also practical instruction on making your own threads and yarns. The Yarn Book is written for the serious student and the professional textile artist, and will be useful for spinners and weavers. It is a complete guide to understanding, designing, and using yarn.

Penny Walsh has taught at Chelsea College of Art and Goldsmiths and exhibits at the Chelsea Craft Fair in London.

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