All About Wool: A Fabric Dictionary & Swatchbook

All About Wool is a fabric dictionary that comes with real cloth samples of 35 different wool fabrics.

The book includes detailed, two-page descriptions of each fabric. Each description is illustrated with a 2x4-inch sample, right there on the same page, which clarifies in the simplest way what a boiled wool, crepe, gabardine, melton or whipcord actually looks and feels like.

On the facing page, a comprehensive checklist provides additional information about each fabric, covering everything from garment suggestions to wearability, care and price.

All About Wool is packed with information about the different yarns, weaves and finishing techniques used to make wool fabrics. Terms such as virgin wool, lamb's wool, merino wool and worsted wool are clearly explained. A special section describes similar fibers from other animals, such as camels and goats.

A comprehensive introduction covers characteristics of the fiber, history of wool, breeds of sheep, types of wool, the main sources of wool, the wool textile industry, new technology and wool quality. The author uses clear, uncomplicated language and simple drawings to explain the different types of wool and how it gets from the back of a sheep to the coat on your back.

If you work with wool, you'll love this book!

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Fabric Reference Series, Volume III
Written and illustrated by Julie Parker
Published in 1996. Latest printing 2013.
11" wide x 8.5" tall, 144 pages, 76 b&w illustrations.
One-piece soft cover with hidden plastic-comb binding.
Includes package of 30 wool fabric swatches plus 5 swatches of specialty hair fibers.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9637612-2-4
ISBN-10: 0-9637612-2-6
LCCN: 9692209

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35 wool fabric samples for All About Wool book by Julie Parker
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