Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fleece and Fiber

Appropriately enough since the Tour de Fleece was in full swing at the time, my much-drooled-for copy of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook arrived a couple of weeks ago. 

This is just a beautiful, beautiful book.  Even if you don't work with fiber it's more than satisfying as an up-close examination of the huge genetic variety within the world of one particular animal, and a celebration of how human beings around the world have been able to utilize their local resources.

The cover gives you a clue of what's inside. Not just the history and use of each animal and its fiber but knitted and woven swatches, loops of spun and plied fiber, and samples of the actual fleece both raw and clean, for every single breed the authors could find.  All photographed in the most peaceful, lovely way over large pieces of solid-colour fabric set onto a wooden surface.  Swoon.

In this respect, it's more exhaustive than Clara Parkes' The Knitter's Book of Wool, to which it will inevitably be compared, but there is plenty of room for both on my shelf (no matter how many other books have to move elsewhere to make that true!)

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