55/100 The Practical Spinner’s Guide – Silk

I love this book.  Sara managed to take you through her entire journey with silk experiments, incorporate history and current textile techniques all without losing your interest.  I liked hearing about her failures as much as her successes (not to mention how she turned some failed experiments into beautiful pieces).  She doesn’t limit herself to one form of textiles (I’m a knitter, I’m a Crocheter, I only Weave) and has managed to master all of them.  This is a great book if you are interested in spinning silk, or if you have spun silk and want to know why it doesn’t look the way you want it to.  Even if you are just reading this to obtain an appreciation for the work that goes into making silk items, or understanding how different fibers work this is worth your time.

There are not any patterns in this book, it really is all about the materials and how to use them to your best advantage.  That being said, there are a wide variety of shopping sites and references at the end of the book.

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