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A happy Liz in the Kristen's Fiber Studio booth. Photo: Jan Smiley.

Carolina Fiber Frolic in the Springtime

Last month, I was able to join a group of cheerful fiber artists in the mountains of western North Carolina. As I made my way south to the Sapphire Valley, the Dogwood trees were blooming and the mountain air carried hints of springtime. The Carolina Fiber Frolic (CFF) is held each spring and fall, welcoming…

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Linda Ligon remembers Alden Amos

The spinning world remembers Alden Amos as a guru, a genius, a curmudgeon, a paradox. I remember him as a pair of rough boots sticking out from under a broken-down van in my driveway. If this breakdown had happened only once, I probably wouldn’t remember it. But no. That old blue van, stuffed with spinning…

The Ryeland Flock Book Society will be exhibiting at Wonderwool Wales. Photo: J. Donovan.

Wonderwool Wales This Weekend

In just a few short days, crowds of our fiber fellows in Britain and beyond will make their way to Builth Wells in Mid Wales for an exciting annual event. Wonderwool Wales was established in 2006 with the help of a grant from the European Union for the purpose of promoting Welsh fiber production and…

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Learning About Longwools

For me, wool is the very stuff of life. It is ever-present in my home, my friendships, my thoughts and dreams. And while I adore using (and sniffing and hoarding) all types of wool, I have a penchant for longwools. A pile of silky, supple curls makes my spinner’s heart sing. They are not as…

Photo: Linda Frank.

A Spinner’s Challenge: Unusual Fibers

Depending on where you live or the culture of your spinning community, some fibers will be considered more common than others. The usual suspect for many spinners around the world is wool, but it might be alpaca, mohair, or cotton where you live. Exploring new fibers, be it long or short, plant or animal, is…

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Make Fiber Your Business

As spinners, we each sit somewhere along the length of an unending learning curve. There is always more to do or try, more spinning fibers with which to experiment, more spinning techniques to master. We do not spin because there is an end point to our journey, but because the journey itself is pleasurable. As…

The same building blocks that create the smooth, even yarn at the top also create the beaded yarn and bubble crepe at the bottom—and you’ll learn them in The Building Blocks of Spinning.

Sarah Makes Spinning Fundamentals Fun

Besides her absolutely spectacular spinning, there are two things you’ll notice immediately about Sarah Anderson: her curiosity and sunny disposition. She often asks, “I wonder what would happen if…” and then sets out to find out for herself. One of my favorites of Sarah’s experiments was to test whether chain-plied yarns would last as well…

Spin-Off Fall 2007

Favorite Back Issues of Spin-Off

Editor’s note: Some of our readers may not know Linda Ligon by name; others may be surprised to learn that after forty years she is still a vital force in the Interweave leadership. For those in the former camp, check out “Behind the Scenes with Linda Ligon” from Spin Off Summer 2014. Linda’s name has…

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Spin-Off Looks Back (and Forward)

For an editor, the nearly 40 years of Spin-Off history is both a blessing and a burden. Looking back over about 150 issues, what is there that we haven’t had something to say about already? How do we introduce new audiences to subjects of perennial interest without simply repeating ourselves? Among our readers are surely…

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Jillian Moreno + SweetGeorgia = Clear, Gorgeous Color

Editing Spin-Off is my favorite part of my job, but a close second is what I think of as “personal shopping” for our readers—dreaming up fun combinations of books, magazines, videos, tools, fiber, and more to whet your appetite. I was excited to create the Spin Handpainted Top kit, but as you’ll see, I had…