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Tackling the Turkish Spindle

Have you ever wandered through a wool festival or fiber store and wondered what those plastic baggies with three wooden pieces were? Unassembled, they don’t seem like much. Yet slip them together and you have one remarkably utilitarian spinning tool. Once again, spindle spinning guru Amelia Garripoli explains it all in her new Interweave video…

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Michigan’s Wine and Wool Festival

Local wine, handcrafted yarns and fibers, and a beautiful Michigan summer day—what could be better? In the summer of 2010, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and LYS The Dropped Stitch hosted the first Wine and Wool Festival in Jackson, Michigan. The event, which now occurs each summer and winter, continues to be a favorite for yarn and…

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Spinning Rainbows

Who doesn’t have a pile of beautiful braided tops in their stash? I get entranced by them at fiber shows and online; I fill my arms and my cart with variegated braids of top or roving, rarely more than one or two the same colorway. I was drowning in single braids, never finding enough of…

Spinning in the sunshine. Photo: Shelby Deaton.

Spinzilla 2016: Travel to Bolivia!

Can you believe that Spinzilla is already on the horizon? This fun handspinning competition is now in its fourth year and will be held October 3‒9, 2016. Spinzilla became an international event in 2014, welcoming spinning teams around the world to participate. ClothRoads, ever dedicated to supporting indigenous textile artisans, has helped to sponsor a…

A lovely long lock of about 6” is perfect for spinning worsted.

How to Predraft for Spinning Worsted Yarn

Ever wonder what makes a good worsted yarn? Frequent Spin Off contributor Amy Tyler, author of the column “Ask a Spinning Teacher,” dispenses her fiber wisdom in a new video from Interweave, Spinning Worsted Yarn with Amy Tyler. Do you yearn to make yarns that are smooth, strong, and that will weave or knit into…

Lynne shares her love for fiber arts through in-person workshops as well as online via Skype.Lynne is also available for online Skype lessons or can direct you to online resources.  Photo: Healing Fibers.

Healing Fibers

“Serenity in fiber” is a phrase I’ve heard from handspinner and knitter Lynne Rule on a number of occasions. Each time, I’m struck by how quietly profound this message truly is. Lynne, who has struggled with a rare neurological disorder since 2007, has not only found personal serenity in fiber arts, but is actively helping…

Just one of many beautiful 2-ply skeins that Donna intends to knit into a sweater. Photo: Donna Molles.

Tour de Fleece Check-In

If you follow spinners or spinning groups on social media, you have likely seen some Tour de Fleece (TdF) buzz. The internet is awash in beautiful bobbins of singles and stunning skeins of handspun yarn. The TdF, during which spinners create yardage as the cyclists of the Tour de France log miles, has now passed…

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Spinning Yarn of Our Grandmother’s Dreams

While working in a yarn shop, Kate Larson used to spin yarn on commission, her clients providing spinning fiber for her to transform into specific yarns. Using someone else’s fiber was economical but also high-pressure: There was no room for error or experimentation. So when she became more established as a spinner, Kate finally got…

Dona, who blogs at creativecountrylife.com, purchased some raw Warhill fleece in a fleece sample pack. Read more about how she got started on a fleece study here. Photo: Dona Carruth.

Have You Spun Warhill Wool?

Colorado State University recently shared a story about a project in the School of Veterinary Science that is sure to make a spinner’s heart leap: a rangeland “lambulance.” For more than twenty years, professors and students have run a triage for lambs and their dams during the height of lambing season at Warren Livestock Co.…

Any yarn can make a statement in free-form tapestry.

Weaving with Handspun

I never thought I’d take up weaving–but then, I never expected to take up spinning. Two things brought me around to weaving on a rigid heddle loom: the ability to make a lot of fabric in a short period of time, and the way I could showcase my yarn stash, handspun and commercial. (Because let’s…