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Photo courtesy of Esther Rodgers.

Esther Rodgers: Yarn Fest Color Feast

Esther Rodgers, otherwise known as Jazzturtle, is known for her buoyant blend of creativity and technique. She seems to fearlessly tackle that interesting nexus of yarn design, fiber and materials, and artistic impulse. And if you want to see her approach put into practice, you can wander through the Jazzturtle booth at a number of…

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Practical Spinner’s Compendium Review

“Nothing is created alone!” says Sara Lamb in The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Silk. In the Practical Spinner’s Guide series, four extraordinary mentors share their advice on all the ways to spin plant and animal fibers. The books in the series work together to give you a deep, inspiring and—yes—practical exploration of fibers and their uses.…

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Spin & Knit 2016 Call for Submissions

Dear Spin-Off Contributor: We’re excited to be planning a new special issue, Spin & Knit, for release in Fall 2016. We are looking for articles, projects, and how-to information for advanced beginning spinners and knitters. If you’re not a knitter, pair up with your favorite knitting designer to create a brilliant collaboration. Submissions due: Friday,…

Kelly Dossett of the F.L.U.F.F. Spinning Group happily spins on her Jensen Tina II. Photo: Kate Larson.

Fearlessly Creating in Northern Indiana

Do you have a spinning event that you attend year after year? I joyfully visit many fiber arts gatherings large and small, near and far—I go to conferences, festivals, and guild meetings around the country. But there is always something special about returning to the same event with the same people as time marches forward.…

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Natural Fiber Directory 2016

In a world where so much is synthetic and manufactured, spinners have a unique connection to what is natural and real. Whether you spin wool or alpaca, cotton or silk, you have a piece of the natural world running through your fingers when you spin fibers grown by a farmer, rancher, or shepherd. You have…

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A Traditional Spinner Goes Electric

One of the things I’ve learned over and over in my fiber life is to never say never. I was never going to weave because weaving makes cloth, which mostly needs sewing, which is not my thing. An embarrassing number of looms and one decent sewing machine later, here I am, editor of Handwoven magazine…

The contest looms were pre-warped, but all of the weft yarn was prepared and spun during the event. Photo: Cheryl Nachtrieb.

Sheep to Shawl with a Paco-Vicuña Twist

Do you like to spin wool and mohair? Have you ever tried lusciously soft Paco-Vicuña? The Recycled Lamb, a popular fiber shop in Golden, Colorado, helped to organize a unique spinning contest earlier this month at the National Western Stock Show. Much like a sheep to shawl contest, teams started with fiber and a warped…

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12 Ways to Spin Handpainted Top

Editor’s note: I’m so pleased to introduce Elizabeth Prose, the new Assistant Editor for Spin-Off and PieceWork. You may know her name, because Elizabeth has written a number of articles for Spin-Off. We’re excited to have her on the team, and you’ll be hearing from her regularly. -Anne “Is your stash run over with 4…

Spinning in public on Roc Day. Photo courtesy of Five Sisters Spinning Guild.

Roc Day 2016: Florida and Oklahoma

Spinners in many communities celebrate Roc Day (also called St. Distaff’s Day) in the first few weeks of the New Year. (Learn more about Roc Day.) Traditionally held on January 7th, this spinner’s holiday takes many forms today. Some gatherings are casual, with a few friends meeting over spindles and coffee, while others are more…

Pyrope Shawlette by Heather Zoppetti

Spinning Luxurious Camel in Brilliant Garnet

Sometimes you spin creatively, or in pursuit of mastery.  And sometimes you spin just to feel the fibers run between your fingers. With the camel/silk blend that Heather Zoppetti chose for her Pyrope Shawl, you can do either. Heather spun the yarn for this project on a Tibetan-style supported spindle, making laceweight that was fine,…