Three Bags Full DVD

Join Judith MacKenzie in this comprehensive DVD that looks at wool fleeces. Learn everything you need to pick a good fleece, prepare the fiber for spinning, and more!
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Three Bags Full

Judith MacKenzie offers in-depth instruction on selecting, preparing, and spinning a great fleece in this four-hour comprehensive video! This is an ultimate guide for any spinner wanting to gain more knowledge about wool spinning.

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Have you wandered around the fleece tent at a fiber festival, eager to buy a fleece but intimidated by the possibilities? Do you know what to look for in a fleece? How do you choose the perfect one for the project that you have in mind? Will you have enough to make a sweater or a shawl?


In this video, wool judge and master spinner Judith MacKenzie shows you what to bring home (and what to pass by).

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Travel with her to the Estes Park Wool Market in Colorado and look through dozens of fleeces as she finds the best choices for any project, whether you are looking at knitting a fine shawl or weaving a sturdy rug.
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At the Estes Park Wool Market you will look at:
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Primitive Fleeces Luster Longwool Fleeces Fine to Medium Fleeces
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Once you are the proud owner of a fleece, what do you do next? Judith demonstrates sorting a fleece to find the choicest parts, then storing it until you're ready to dive in. Learn several methods to wash fleece for its best use, comb or card it, then spin it into the perfect yarn for your project.


With this video you will:

  • Spot the best fleeces in the wool show
  • Meet sheep from cute and cuddly to big enough to pull a cart
  • Learn to lay out a fleece and sort it, from the choicest sections to seconds to waste
  • Discover many options for washing wool, from the washing machine (really!) to lock by lock
  • Card and comb fiber to create cushy rolags and dreamy top
  • Use fine, medium, longwool, and primitive fleeces in your spinning


You'll walk away from your next festival with the fleece of your dreams and the knowledge to create any yarn you please.


The 2-disc set also includes a pocket guide to choosing a fleece and advice on preventing pests.

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Examine the differences of crimps

between fleeces

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Watch Judith sort three different fleeces
Washing wool in a pot Preparing the wool for spinning Spinning worsted yarn
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Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU 12SP12
Product Type DVD
ISBN 13 9781596686816
Author/Designer Judith MacKenzie
Customer Reviews (9)
Useful so far
Disc #1 in my set was blank; I have to arrange a swap and so cannot comment on its contents - otherwise I'd assign more stars!
I loved Disc #2, esp. the info on how to wash,clean, and store fleece. All in all it contained a lot of very useful information and I'm sure that over time I will watch it over and over to catch bits I missed or didn't absorb the first time around. Judith's tone is very reassuring, which made it a pleasure, and the information/experience she conveyed was most welcome. It was very helpful to me.
Review by Learng2Spin (Posted on 8/10/2016)
Very helpful if you are new to purchasing fleece
I found this video very educational and wish I'd purchased it sooner; I might have saved myself some grief. There is much more information than I expected beyond just buying a fleece including washing, storing, and preparing and spinning for various types of projects. There are also some fascinating tid-bits of historic and cross-cultural references to how things are done differently for example in places where availability of water is a challenge. This video made me want to learn more and try more things. Review by Mary (Posted on 11/2/2015)
Great information in a very sloppy production
I have become a fan of Judith MacKenzie's over the years and have come to respect her considerable knowledge of everything to do with spinning. That being said, I don't just automatically absorb it all and take it as gospel. There are errors in the factual information here, probably because she seems to be speaking extemporaneously, particularly in the fleece selection part of the video.

There are some true gems of information in here that I had not discovered in my own 35 years of selecting fleeces, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and judging sheep to shawl contests. However, it is hard to grasp some of the things she is attempting to illustrate when the camera is focusing on the wrong place or she is moving the fiber/yarn/skein around so much that you cannot see it clearly. I was astonished to discover that there actually was a director of this video since there are SO many places where the camera is not aimed at what we want to see or not all of it is included in the frame. Isn't it the director's job to ensure that the screen shows what we want to see? Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm with Interweave videos as I have noticed it in every video I've watched from them, no matter the subject matter. So why do I keep buying them? Because they are the only ones making videos about what I want to learn and with the teachers from whom I want to learn!

That being said, Judith's charm and quiet manner makes you think that you are just visiting with a friend who knows a very great deal about her subject matter. This video is the only place aside from a barn walk with Judith where you will get much of this information. It is a pity that that is what allows Interweave to get away with such a sloppy production. Buy it, but be forewarned that it is not always pretty and is sometimes frustrating when the camera is showing you the yarn that has just been spun instead of what her expert fingers are doing!
Review by Marilyn WK (Posted on 4/5/2015)
Excellent eBook
I am a beginning spinner in terms of buying and preparing raw fleece. This eBook answered many questions and provided very thorough information. I will go back and refer to this many times over. Review by Joan (Posted on 3/23/2015)
Excellent Video!
Judith MacKenzie obviously knows sheep and has longtime experience with fleece selection and spinning. I wish I had had this video thirty years ago, when I first started buying, preparing fleeces and spinning. I would have saved myself so much effort and made fewer bad choices! But even today, years later, I found so much very good information in this video that will certainly help me improve my purchasing and general knowledge. An excellent dvd for every spinner. Thank you, Judith! Review by Haddyr (Posted on 12/27/2014)
Fantastic dVD
I Learned so much from this DVD. Ms. McKenzie has a very calming mannerism which makes listening to her an enjoyable experience. She is a very knowledgeable textile expert and fantastic teacher. When I see something published by her in my field of interest, it's an automatic purchase because she doesn't produce junk. If you've wanted to buy a fleece and didn't know where to start, I would suggest this is a perfect beginning. Review by Theresa (Posted on 11/22/2014)
Better editing
I really wanted to like this. I've taken classes from Judith and she is fantastic, but this video could have been so much better.

The camera work could have illustrated better what Judith was talking about, for example when evaluating raw fleeces. Closeups that lingered, instead of a quick glimpse, or none at all. When spinning, closeups often missed the part spinners really care about -- the hands.

Several anecdotes and pieces of advice were repeated, and in real life we all do that over days and weeks, but in a video that is watched in a short time frame it became annoying.

Judith has so much to offer. Let's have a better production that reflects that.
Review by Bet (Posted on 10/6/2014)
I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD (I actually got the download version), and loved it! I'm new to spinning and have never lived with sheep, so I can't comment on accuracy as another reviewer has, but Judith's quiet enthusiasm is contagious. I loved the part in the first section where she's wandering around the pavilion with all the sheep yelling - I love those sounds.

In the second part, Judith quietly and systematically discusses sorting, cleaning and storing fleece. Then she sits at a wheel and does some spinning. Throughout it all she carries on a conversation spanning decades of experience - I felt like I was there having a coffee and chat. I've since bought several more DVDs, and love listening to her talk. And it's wonderful to watch her quiet spinning.
Review by Cat (Posted on 9/18/2014)
Sorry, but is not a good dvd.
There may be some spinners information in here, but the glaring errors of factual information about sheep that are contained made it hard for me to watch! The explanation of breaks in the wool was of particular concern- they were waaay off! I appreciate the fact that she showed some rarer sheep breeds, that was good, but when producing an educational dvd, the facts contained therein need to be correct! Sorry (and this is my first ever negative review!) but it wasn't a good dvd. :( Review by SC (Posted on 9/5/2014)
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