Review: The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Carol Ekarius(@NetGalley)(Rating 5 Wine Glasses)

Posted April 25, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs.  Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of the yarn knit and woven. You’ll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber’s color, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without.

Received from NetGalley
Release Date June 1, 2011

Overall: I found this book very enlightening and useful. I am a crocheter so learning about yarns I use is kind of a fun side hobby. This book was easy to follow and there was a great deal of information to look through.

What I Found Useful: The index made the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook a good reference book. It was broken into 2 sections: Sheep and Other Wool Sources. Then the types were broken down by region and type of animal (sheep). I found this really helpful when looking up some of my favorite yarns and the type of mixes they were. The information was both informative and fun to learn. There is something freeing about knowing what is in the yarn that I use, especially since branching out into making clothing.

Helpful Sections:
Terms to know: Batt, Combing, Flick (ect)
Starter Guide to Breed Specific Wool: Broken down into Soft, Reliably Versatile, Sturdy
Each Type had the following information: Fleece Weight, Staple Length, Fiber Diameters, Natural Colors

Why I gave it a 5: I enjoyed learning more about the yarns that I use and will be keeping this book nearby for reference

Who I would recommend it too: Anyone who works with Yarn and wants to know the breakdown of everything involved in getting it to market.

Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook More Than 200 Fibers from Animal to Spun Yarn

Felicia S
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