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Hand Spun

New Spins on Traditional Techniques

Hand Spun New Spins on Traditional Techniques

Lexi Boeger

Format: Paperback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9781592537624
Publisher: Quarry Books
Illustrations: 250
Size: 9.25 x 9.25
Weight: 0.06 lb.
Published: Feb. 1, 2012
Price: $24.99
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In her newest book, Hand Spun, art-yarn pioneer and Pluckyfluff creator Lexi Boeger offers yet another exciting collection of new and innovative spinning techniques. This well-rounded book also covers a handful of traditional styles for the spinner to master and then turn on their ear. The many uses of these beautiful one-of-a-kind yarns are demonstrated in Boeger's trademark, surprising, and inventive projects.

Learn the basics of fiber prep, from washing raw fleece to carding techniques. Find out how to adapt basic spinning styles to create cutting-edge forms. Be inspired by a stunning gallery of hand-spun yarns that combine various techniques shown in the book. Get complete instructions for 20 fashion-forward, yet accessible, projects including chunky scarves, fabulous hats, a belt, a rug, boas, and more.
The recipient of a bachelor's degree in fine art from UC Davis, author Lexi Boeger is the founder of www.pluckyfluff.com, an Internet-based forum for unusual handspun yarns and fiber art. She is the innovator of highly original new techniques in handspinning and is carving a place for handspun yarn in the realm of pop culture.
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Chapter 1 - Fiber Preparation: Dyed in the Wool

From the Ground Up

Farm Profile: Natalie Redding Namaste Farms

How to Wash (or Not) Raw Fleece


Crazy Carding

Artitst Profile: Stephanie Gorin, Loop Fiber

Chapter 2 - Spinning Techniques: Learning vs. Discovery

Treasure Box


Twist on “Twists”

Twisted Shag

Elastic Twist

Tail Spinning

Falling Locks

Extreme Tail Spin

In-Line Crochet

In-Line Add-ins

In-Line Braids

Quick Coils!

Chapter 3 - New Twists: Expanding Traditional Techniques

Core Spinning: Basic

Core Spinning: Fluffy!

Core Spinning: Mohairy

Core Spinning: Coreless

Core Spinning: Core Spots

Core Spinning: Wrapped Yarn

Core Spinning: Sari Silk Core

Core Spinning: Aura

Navaho-Ply: Basic

Navaho Ply: Thick and Thin

Spinning Raw Fiber

Spinning Large: Semifelted Dope Rope

Spinning Large: Semifelted Roving Rope

Spinning Large: Navaho Multi-Ply Dope Rope

Lexi's Tips

Chapter 4 - Permutations Gallery: Putting It All Together

Chapter 5 - Projects: Keeping It Simple

Easy Felted Fleece Rug

Washing-Machine Boa

Artist Profile: Janice Rosema

Plain-Skein Cowl

Vintage Coat Cuff

Throwing Snowballs Neck Cozy

The One-Pound Three-Hour Scarf

Cabin Hat

Monkey Wrap

Finger Crochet Table Runner

Namaste Farms Boa

Rocker Jacket

Pom-Paca Hat

BFF! (Best Friends Fingerless Gloves)

Webby Wrap

Notes from the Artist: Val Pascall

The “Unsinkable”

New Weave Belt

Whole Fleece Scarf with Lanolin

Sewn Beanie

Appendix - Interview You!


About the Author


Crazy Carding

Crazy carding is the perfect way for spinners, including novice spinners, to make highly unusual and creative yarns easily. The concept is to put as many different colors, textures, and materials as possible into one batt, then spin it into a simple thick-and-thin single. Very little skill is needed on the spinning end, and creating the batt is a fun and liberating exercise.

Crazy carding integrates absolutely any fiber or material that will fit through the carder’s drums, including silk waste, felted wool, tinsel, sequins, fabric bits, plant fibers, yarn, sparkle, silk noil, cotton, or anything else you could imagine. Be prepared to push your carder’s capabilities to the limit. It is normal for the machine to card very clumpy at first, and it will be hard to crank.

Make a sandwich!

The basic process for crazy carding is to combine several different ingredients at a time and send them through the carder in a thick clump. This will cause the materials to be minimally blended together and will preserve many heavy textures.

Short-fiber materials tend to get caught up in the teeth of the small drum and usually do not make it into the batt. To avoid this, sandwich all the short fibers, or other unusual materials, between layers of longer-stapled fibers such as mohair or processed roving. Visualize making a sandwich: spread a flat layer of mohair or roving out first as the bread, add uncarded locks (lettuce), semifelted wool (tomatoes), sparkle and silk noil (salt and pepper), top with another layer of mohair/roving (bread), and send it through the carder!

Repeat this process adding different fixings in each sandwich. Sandwiches should be about 3" to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] thick. Card until the large drum is full.


Remove the crazy-carded batt from the carder. Starting from the outside edge, pull off spinnable strips and spin a simple thick-and-thin single; do not overdraft. Allow the lumps, bumps, tangles, and textures to remain.

Tip: Card the batt only once. Overcarded batts tend to lose their interesting textures.


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