The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

By Deborah Robson; Carol Ekarius

Storey Publishing, Hardcover, 9781603427111, 438pp.

Publication Date: June 2011


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.

About the Author
Deborah Robson is co-author of "The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook" and "Knitting in the Old Way." She is a former editor of both "Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot" and "Spin-Off" magazine, and she is currently the editor and publisher of Nomad Press, which publishes books on traditional and ethnic knitting and spinning. Robson is also an artist, working in textiles, printmaking, and oils. She lives in Colorado with her daughter.

Carol Ekarius is the co-author of "The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook" and the author of several books, including "Storey s Guide to Raising Sheep" (with Paula Simmons), "Small-Scale Livestock Farming", "Storey s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds", and "Storey s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs". She lives in the mountains of Colorado where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy.