Monday, July 18, 2011

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook
More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn

by Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (June 1, 2011)


The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is the ultimate coffee table book for fiber fanatics!  The visual guide covers more than 200 breeds of animals and the fibers they produce for spinning, knitting/crocheting and weaving.  Along with the beautiful, full color photos, you will find all the information you could ever possibly want to know, including the characteristics of each fiber-producing breed, as well as the qualities of each fiber.

The 448 page Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is organized into two main parts - Sheep: Oodles and Boodles of Wool and Other Species: The Rest of the Menagerie.  The Sheep section has 11 categories including Cheviot Family, English Longwood Family, Merino Family and Northern European Short-Tailed Family.  The Other Species section is broken out into 4 categories; Goats, The Goat Crosses, Camelids and Other Critters.  I personally find the "other critters" to be one of the most fascinating sections, as it includes such animals as bison, dogs, wolves, cats, horses, rabbit and yaks. 

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is truly a one-of-a-kind encyclopedia for the fiber world.  This one lives up to the hype and there is no other book out there as extensive as this!  Each entry includes information on the species, a facts section and photographs of the animal, samples of the raw fleece, the cleaned fleece and the yarn spun from the fleece, as well as samples of the yarn knit and woven.  Not only will you find everything you want to know about the animal, you'll also find out about the density, strength and natural color of it's fleece, plus get recommendations on how to process, as well as use it.  

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is the book that no fiber lover should be without.  Add it to your bookshelf today or give a copy as a gift.  Leave it on your coffee table and I'll bet that even the non-fiber enthusiasts in your household will find themselves thumbing through it for hours on end.  The book is fascinating for those young and old.... after all, who doesn't love fuzzy, furry creatures?  (I take no responsibility for the hours you'll spend caught up in the book while sipping your favorite beverage this summer!)

GIVEAWAY! How would you like to win your very own copy of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook? Storey Publishing, LLC is allowing us to give away a copy to one lucky reader! To enter:

1) Follow Lapdog Creations publicly (see "Followers" on the right hand side bar).
2) Leave a comment here telling me what animal / fiber you are most interested in learning more about.

You must complete both steps to enter and you must be a US resident to win.
You can get extra entries by sending your friends here to enter (be sure to have them mention your name).... blog, Tweet, Facebook and text away!
Winner will be selected by random number generator.
Deadline for entries is Monday, July 25th at midnight.


SissySees said...

Other critters? I have some fiber resource books, but I don't know that they list other critters... cool!!

WonderWhyGal said...

I want to learn about any and all wool types. Although I adore the Alpacas I raise, I am eager to learn more.

Dawn said...

What a cool book...think I heard it mentioned on someones podcast recently. Would love to learn about pygorra goats among others, lol

jen said...

I have to send my sister over to check this out! She just had all her sheep sheared and has bags upon bags of awesome wool!

coffeemaiden said...

I have bags of borzoi hair for this very purpose--I just don't know what to do with it. Whenever I would brush the dog I would save the fur. There's not more then a pair of mittens there, I'm sure, but I want to learn how to do it.

Bubblesknits said...

I'd like to know more about the other breeds of sheep. The only ones I'm truly familiar with are BFL, Merino...the more common ones. I'd also like to see what type of yarn they make from goat hair. All goats I've seen have had really coarse hair.

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