You may never have thought about spinning your own yarn, but you may change your mind after browsing “Spin Art”. This is Jacey Boggs’ latest book. Her well constructed and balanced yarns are funky, outside the box as well as beautifully spun and imaginative.
Inside the book you will learn 30 techniques that include single and plied yarns. In part one, under singles, Jacey will show you how to make coils, corespinning, thick and thin, wrapping and adding foreign objects. Part two will teach stacks, supercoils, boucle, cables, bubblewrapping and more.
She reviews the equipment, supplies needed and tips for spinning these creative yarns. Intent, spin knowledge and integrity are the basis of textured yarns. The DVD (included) is a wonderful bonus to the book. After reading from the paperback, you will be ready to watch, enjoy and follow her step by step methods.
If you own a wheel, Jacey will show you the tips and alternatives that allow your wheel to create these eye-candy textured yarns. “Spin Art” is not for the beginning spinner, in that, this book does not teach you to spin. With practice, you will find yourself moving on to spinning textured yarns.
The photographs in the book are clear, full of detail and colorful. You imagination will run wild with possibilities. The finished yarns can be used for knitting, crocheting, weaving and decorating as a soft sculpture.
If you have been thinking about spinning an art yarn or just taking up spinning, this book and DVD will have you moving it up on the list. Jacey has a wonderfully clear way of expressing herself and her voice will have you hypnotized in no time. Indulge in a perfectly delicious gift for Valentines Day without the calories. Yummy.
Madison Wool is planning a class with Jacey Boggs in the spring. If you would like to learn or brush up on your basic spinning, there is a class waiting for you. Learn to Spin, session III runs for two Sundays, March 18 and 25 from 1- 4 p.m. The fee is $85.00 for the class and the fiber is extra. There will be a maximum of five students and wheels will be provided or you can bring your own. Madison Wool is located at 56 Wall Street Madison, CT 06443-3128, (203) 245-5921.
Lesson 1: The student will learn about wool basics, its structure and why it holds together to make yarn. Preparing fiber for spinning will be explored with examples and hands on activities. You will learn how to handle the prepared fiber, what drafting is, and how to spin on a drop spindle (beginner drop spindles available for use and for purchase).
Lesson 2: Continuing with skills built in Lesson 1, you will learn about different types of spinning wheels and learn to spin on.Winding a skein and plying will also be explored. Students will learn how to finish their skeins, to be completed at home.
Brush up on your spinning now and you will be ready for Jacey when she teaches at Mad Wool this spring.