Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning Information Advice and Opinion on the Noble Art & Craft

This is truly a BIG book offering decades of experience in making and handling yarn.
SKU: 1039
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Being a Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinion on the Noble Art & Craft

Wheel designer and maintainer of textile traditions, Alden Amos the recipient and evaluator of traditional wisdom lets no point go unexamined. This is truly a BIG book offering decades of experience in making and handling yarn. He'll change your spinning for the better, whether you agree with him or not.

"Amos, who has been making spinning wheels and studying handspinning for more than 40 years, has finally distilled this experience into a definitive book deserving of its title."--Library Journal

"A great and entertaining read.... informative and funny with plenty of light-hearted humor thrown in that I found refreshing with the very technical nature of the book."-
Spindle and Wheel

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU 1039
Product Type Book
Binding Hardcover
Number Of Pages 480
File/Trim Size 1.5 x 7.2 x 9 inches
ISBN 13 9781883010881
Author/Designer Alden Amos
Technique Drop Spindle, Spinning Wheels
Customer Reviews (5)
Whilst this isn't a book I'd recommend to a beginner spinner it is a book I'd recommend to any spinner who expressed an interest in exploring the art and craft of spinning in depth. It's a book that you can either read from cover to cover or use as an encyclopaedia to explore a topic further. Alton Amos is a Master in the University of Spinning, the sort that you either love or really can't get on with, but no matter what your opinion of him, he is a Master with a massive body of knowledge that is fascinating to explore. I hesitated to buy this book because of the ratings varied so much, I wish I hadn't waited as long as I did, it's the most complete work on Spinning I've found and It has become a valued member of my library along with other, lighter, works. Review by Beverley (Posted on 1/10/2016)
Still a key reference to have
This is not something you'll want to read cover to cover, necessarily. It's a reference, and as such, it's still the best I know of on the subject. Review by Willa (Posted on 7/11/2015)
When is this book going to be turned into an Ebook please. I've read and heard from many people that it's a must have book for spinners. Review by Kaz (Posted on 1/6/2014)
Not as impressive as I'd hoped
I wouldn't recommend this book at all to someone new to spinning. Though it contains some useful information, and apparently was intended to be an instruction manual, it really doesn't function very well as such. For the more experienced spinner, it can be a useful reference book, or for the beginner who already has the basics down and is seeking more detailed information on a specific topic. Be forewarned: Amos DOES clearly state in the subtitle that it is a "compendium of information, advice, and opinions..." and it is best treated as such, a highly opinionated encyclopedia rather than a learning tool. While I enjoyed his often whimsical humor, I less enjoyed his tendency to set up a straw argument in order to target it with snide comments. This will find a place on my fibre bookshelf, but there are several other books that I've found more useful overall. The glossery is quite good, if eccentric. Review by Dayle Ann Stratton (Posted on 6/27/2012)
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning
This is a great reference for the beginner to expert spinner. When I am in doubt as how to proceed with a task or how something is supposed to work on my new wheel, I check with this book . It also comes in handy for in put at our spinning group. If there is a question we consult The Big Book. This book will remain on my book shelf as long as I am a spinner. Review by Virginia Muenich (Posted on 10/8/2011)
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