Hand Spun contains a collection of never-before-published spinning techniques along with interesting, creative, hip projects. The essential momentum behind this book is to satisfy fans of the author's first two books in their desire for new materials to learn. As Intertwined becomes more well-known, these handspun styles are flooding the internet craft community. Hand Spun offers fresh, new, and exciting material for these spinners to move on to. Where Handspun Revolution, the author's first book, was the spark that ignited the genre of Art-yarn, and Intertwined is considered the bible of creative spinning, Handspun builds upon the now common knowledge of novelty spinning, digging deeper into the traditional underbelly of spinning, not as a means to teach traditional techniques, but rather as a way of turning very traditional forms inside out: Using time-tested techniques to deliver cutting-edge forms. This book also covers fiber-preparation processes, from scouring raw fleece to several carding techniques.
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I have been published in the book THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPINNING YARN by Brenda Gibson.
Spinning is experiencing a resurgence of interest as it moves in a contemporary direction away from its traditional past. The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides a new generation of crafters with all the information they need in one accessible package, starting with tools and equipment, types of fibers, and spinning techniques to making, processing, and finishing off a skein of yarn. Included are actual recipes for making many types of yarn, ranging from boucles, to worsteds, to flecked, and chunky yarns, all shown in full-color close-up detailed photos. Instructions for a small group of projects to use the yarn you make are also included. Last but not least, learn how to go commercial, with valuable tips on realistically pricing your goods, accepting commissions, selling at craft fairs or on the internet, and more.
A must-have reference and source of inspiration for new and experienced spinners alike, The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides all the know-how to get started, perfect your skills, or take your spinning to the next level.
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A photo of me in my booth at Yarnival 2012 was published in The Mountain Democrat in Sacramento, California with the caption, "ASHLEY MARTINEAU, 29, of Boston stands next to her yarn display at the Yarnival. She specializes in mixed media yarns made from wool from local farms in Boston and recycled materials. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene". Click on the photo from their website to view the gallery of photos they posted from Yarnival.
How to Unravel a Sweater to Recycle Yarn. Here is a copy of the article:
My name is Ashley Martineau and I enjoy shocking thrift store cashiers by casually buying the most hideous sweaters they’ve ever seen. I learned how to knit from a widow in Oregon when I was thirteen. As a community service I visited her weekly; she passed down her wisdom as well as her knitting experience. She has also taught my adopted sister how to knit. My mother in law re-taught me in January, and now I can’t stop. I am recently married, and my new hobby was getting a bit expensive, so I decided to find a cheap way to keep my yarn stash full. One day at the thrift store I found the ugliest wool sweater. I thought, “This dog of a sweater would be beautiful as a hat or scarf!”
As a beginner at knitting, I considered myself a pro at unraveling knitted items; so the sweater came home with me. After reading how to knit a sweater, I followed the directions backwards and turned the sweater into a pile of Ramen-looking yarn. Through trial and error, I learned what sweaters were easiest to unravel. One day I brought several sweaters to my in-laws house to unravel while my husband did some yard work. My in-laws found unraveling so relaxing that they began buying sweaters and unraveling them for me. Before I knew it, my yarn stash was filled to overflowing. I didn’t need 30 sweaters worth of yarn in my house, so I sold the surplus on eBay. It became so successful that I turned unraveling into a little eBay business. My inbox was soon filled with emails asking, “How do you unravel a sweater?” So I spent an afternoon photographing and writing a detailed online tutorial. As of today over 7000 people have viewed the tutorial. I also started an online community for people to ask questions and share their unraveling projects. Unraveling sweaters is a great way to keep your yarn stash full, and the yarn you don't use can be sold on eBay to make money for other craft projects. I like to think I'm saving the world one ugly sweater at a time by ripping it apart and giving it a chance to be something beautiful.
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"I love this art batt so much I took two helpings and spun it two different ways."
"it looks like a grab bag of fiber"
"I was surprised at how nicely it spun up and how much I like the knitted fabric"
"fantastic adventurous spin"