quarta-feira, 28 de maio de 2014

The Book of Wool






“From earliest times, wool has played a vital role in the life of man, not only as a means of clothing but also as a basic commodity on which the entire economies of empires were based. Although neglected in the more recent years, wool, and the skills needed to work it, are once again becoming important as more and more people are discovering the delight of producing something functional or decorative through their own efforts. Spinning wheels are no longer the rare occupant of the antique shop but instead may be found in many department stores and craft shops, and hand-spun garments are both exclusive and expensive. This book not only tells you how to spin, both on a spindle and on various types of wheels, but it also goes into the history of the whole subject and gives details of some of the fascinating sheep breeds which may be found. The differences between their fleeces and the use to which they are best suited are also explained. The skill of dyeing using lichens and other wild plants is also fully described and the rich colors which result are illustrated. But, perhaps most important of all, it brings out the joy of participating in a natural process. The final section of the book is devoted to a range of patterns to crochet or knit for all the members of the family. They cover a variety of simple and attractive garments which can be created out of the wool you yourself have produced and this brings the whole process to its natural conclusion. The Wool Book is not just an introduction to the art of spinning, but is a comprehensible account of the subject of the wool and its value and use today as a functional and fascinating hobby.”

In “The Book of Wool” by Margaret Dixon

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6 comentários:

  1. Sem dúvida!
    Vai para a minha lista!
    Obrigada.

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    1. Olá Paula! Vale bem a pena! Beijinhos!

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  2. Foi-me oferecido há anos, por uma grande amiga antes de saber fiar. Foi por aqui mesmo que comecei.
    P.S. Quem me dera fotografias tão lindas como estas ;)

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    1. Olá Filipa! Ena a tua história do livro ainda me faz gostar mais dele! Se precisares de ajuda com as fotos diz (: beijinhos!

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  3. Wow, it sounds really comprehensive, going from sourcing and processing the raw material up until the patterns! There's a lot of wool-based crafts here in Ireland, so I should check if I can find the book in the library here.

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    1. Hi Vita! Yes I think you will like it and it also has lots of information about dying that can be used in other textiles. In Irland you must find an amazing wool culture I'm sure! Stay well *(:

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