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Spinning Fibers and Yarns

Alpaca and Llama
Alpaca and Llama yarns are an excellent alternative for those with wool allergies.
carded alpaca
Angora
The delightful angora bunny sheds its fur to keep you warm.
Cashmere
The ultimate luxury yarns: cashmere, qiviut, shatoosh, pashmina, camel.
Chenille
Sources and information about rayon, cotton, and acrylic chenille yarns.
Cotton
Cotton yarns, in a multitude of colours and weights.
Flax/Linen
Flax and linen blend yarns make elegant handwoven table linens.
Handspun
Like the look of handspun, but don't want to spin it yourself? Here are some handspinners that can do it for you.
Hemp
Hemp and hemp blend yarns can add some interest to your woven projects.
Mohair
Soft, fluffy and colourful mohair yarns.
Novelty
A bit of everything, boucles, rayons, acrylics, blends and other novelty yarns.
Organic
Organic cotton and wool yarns, for the purist.
Ramie
Ramie is a bast fibre, but finer and silkier than flax. Here you will find sources for ramie, jute and other unusual yarns.
Rug
Yarns suitable for rug warp.
Sheep's Wool
A wide selection of pure wool yarns and fibres for handspinning, knitting or weaving.
Silk
Suppliers of silk yarns and fibre for handspinning in luxury.
E-Bay Watch
Look for cashmere and other exotic spinning fibres at E-Bay.

More About Handspinning Fibres

Fibre Information
Information about identification, characteristics and preparation techniques of various fibres.
Mills & Fibre Processing
Woollen mills and custom carding and processing.
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Handspinning Books

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer) This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more. UK: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn This covers almost every sheep breed in the world from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs. UK: Fleece and Fiber Source Book
The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn Everything you need to know from set-up to finished product in order to create distinctive yarns for use in knitting, weaving, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and macrame. UK: Whole Craft of Spinning
In Sheep's Clothing A comprehensive look at the characteristics of wool of 100 breeds of sheep, this guide gives special attention to fleece characteristics, methods of preparation and spinning, and best end use. UK: In Sheep's Clothing
The Knitter's Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber The vast world of sheep and their wool into the language and context of knitting. UK: Knitters Book of Wool
The Intentional Spinner Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips, this inspiring collection of spinning wisdom deftly explores the three fundamental areas of yarn production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner's needs. UK: Intentional Spinner
Spin Control Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results. UK: Spin Control
Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution) Experimental, handspun yarns, and includes recipes for handspun yarns, project ideas for knitters and crocheters, tips on how to use one-of-a-kind handspun yarns UK: Intertwined

Spindle Spinning

Productive Spindling A look at top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle methods to boost your techniques for efficiency and make productivity fun UK: Productive Spindling
Spinning in the Old Way A guide to readers in the fast-track, low-cost, high-quality approach to spinning. No spinning wheel required. UK: Spinning in the Old Way
Respect the Spindle UK: Respect the Spindle
Respect the Spindle With step-by-step instructions, this essential manual details the basic steps of spinning and then advances to the more complicated spinning wheel,
Learn to Spin Drop Spindle Kit - Dyed A drop spindle and spinning fiber, everything you need to get started with handspinning.

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