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Spinning and Weaving (Paperback)

P&S History Arts and Crafts

By Lynn Huggins-Cooper
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Heritage Crafts and Skills
Pages: 118
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526724526
Published: 24th September 2019


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Offering a whistle-stop history of these two ancient crafts, Spinning and Weaving begins in pre-history, when people first wove yarns to create clothing and blankets, and goes on to explore the ways in which these techniques have continued to be important throughout human history (or should that be herstory), in artistic, economic and functional terms.

The second part of the book brings us up to date, via interviews with modern day spinning and weaving artisans. These textiles artists have generously allowed the author a window into their studios and discussed with her the way they use and adapt traditional methods, techniques and tools for the twenty-first century. Photos of their work, and their working environment, offer a unique view into the world of this ancient craft.

Finally, if you are inspired to try your hand at this fascinating and most ancient of crafts, the book also has a resources section. It includes a valuable list of suppliers of fibre, dyes, tools and yarn, as well as information about training courses, useful websites and more – everything you need to get started.

As a spinner and weaver I found the content interesting.

NetGalley, Rose Grey

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

As a knitter and history major, I found this book fascinating. The first half of the book gives a quick and interesting view of the British textile industry. As an American, this covered a lot of history I didn't know but found quite interesting. This book champions the cause of supporting "heritage crafts," and the history lessons support this cause by showing how textile production drove a number of social and cultural trends throughout British history.

The second half of the book features the personal, firsthand stories of women who have taken up the heritage crafts of wool production, spinning, and weaving. The pictures of life in rural Britain wonderfully show how different this life is from American suburbia. This book made me want to visit the UK soon!

NetGalley, Cindy Coe

From prehistory to the modern day, showing how little that crafts have changed.

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About Lynn Huggins-Cooper

Lynn Huggins-Cooper is a widely published author. When she is not writing, she is in the studio creating art for exhibition. She is a textiles artist, working in natural and found materials, and mixed media, and her work is influenced by the 360 hectare woodland that begins at the bottom of her garden. She is a member of the Heritage Crafts Association, and the International Felt makers Association. She lives with her husband and daughter in the north east of England.

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