Handspindles have been in use for at least 6,000 years. There are many different types and styles and ways of using them. Bette Hochberg gives a good background on spindles and spindle spinning. She discusses ten of the most common varieties of spindles, how they were used, and what types of fibers would have been spun on them. Included is info on how to spin with a spindle, how to use various types of distaffs (distaves), how to card fiber, and and overview of common fibers for spinning.
Bette Hochberg, has long been recognized as one of the people who helped bring spinning into popularity in the 1970s and 80s. She was one of the most popular and knowledgeable spinning teachers in the USA during those decades and her lectures and classes were a feature at several Convergences. She also wrote for SpinOff magazineand traveled widely.
Her self-published books are popular all over the world and each is a gem of compact information, illustrated by Bette with clear drawings. They are a complete source of handspinning info if you need to teach yourself to spin on spindle or wheel and to expand your knowledge of fibers and yarns.
Paperback. 66 pages. Self-published.
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