Bette Hochberg, now retired from teaching, has long been recognized as one of the people who helped bring spinning into popularity in the 1970s and 80s. She was one of the most popular and knowledgeable spinning teachers in the USA and her lectures and classes were a feature at several Convergences, she wrote for SpinOff and traveled widely.
Her self-published books are popular all over the world and each is a gem of compact information, illustrated by Bette with clear drawings, they are all you need to teach yourself to spin on spindle or wheel and to expand your knowledge of fibers and yarns.
Fibre Facts- The third book from Bette Hochberg concentrates on various spinning fibers, their use and preparation. Chapters on the properties of fiber, wool, silk, cotton, linen and synthetic fibers are included as well as an analysis of yarn structure.
Handspindles- Handspindles have been in use for at least 6,000 years. There are many different types and styles and ways of using them. Bette Hochberg gives a good background on spindles and spindle spinning. She discusses ten of the most common varieties of spindles, how they were used, and what types of fibers would have been spun on them. Good information.
Handspinners Handbook- Here's a very clear, practical manual on spinning all types of fibers on a "flax" wheel. All aspects of spinning are considered and the "long draw" method emphasized, parts and care of the wheel are discussed, breeds of sheep, other natural animal and vegetable fibers, man-made fibers, carding, drum carding, blending fibers, plying, skeining, and stumbling blocks are covered. The presentation is easy to follow.
Spin, Span, Spun- This delightful book is accurately reflected by its subtitle. It contains page after page of historical, biblical, fictional, mythological, and biological references to spinners, spinning, wool, cotton, flax, spinning wheels and spinning. While the book will not make you a better spinner, it will give you a lot of enjoyable reading.
Textile Articles- Reprints- Reprints of Bette Hochberg's Textile Articles