Spin-Off Spring 2013

We've asked spinners who make a living at their craft to share their stories and provide tips for those of you who are interested in teaching, selling your handspun yarn, or starting a spinning business. We know that not every spinner wants to make a living spinning, but even so, we all have an interest in the people who cultivate the fiber, shepherd the animals, carve the tools, dye the top, to make your spinning dreams that much more attainable.

Also, get a glimpse into the life of an eighteenth century spinner using a Great Wheel for production spinning, salivate over the handpainted top of mail-order dyers, and ruminate with a shepherdess as she contemplates what she's learned from her sheep. Cast-on a lovely pair of fingerless mitts, a scarf that maintains the character of hand-dyed roving, and an endlessly customizable pattern for hats.


On the Cover:

Lyme Regis Scarf by Kirsti Johanson


Editor's Page
As the Whorl Spins
Get This!
Your Yarn: Green Yarns

Advertisers' Index
Classified Ads




So You Want To Start a Business
by Liz Gipson

Your Yarn: Green Yarns

Swatch Mitts
by Kate Larson



Behind the Scenes: At Hello Yarn, a Conversation with Adrian Bizilia

Marketing Serendipity
by DeAnna Dailey

All about Labels: How textile artisans selling their products must comply with federal laws
by Cindy Ellen Hill

Mail-Order Dyers
by Jacey Boggs

Voracious Grazers
by Kathy Sletto


Handmade: Business or hobby?
by Pattie Graver

So You Want To Start a Business
by Liz Gipson

10 Tips for Starting a Custom Spinning Business
by Kaye D. Collins

Production Spinning on a Great Wheel
by Peter Teal

Teaching Spinning: Set yourself apart
by Beth Smith

Matching Yarn
by Rudy Amann 


Gypsy Shawl
by Josette McWilliams

Swatch Mitts
by Kate Larson

Easy as Pi Hats
by Leslie Ann Hauer

Lyme Regis Scarf
by Kirsti Johanson


Spinner’s Connection

Call for Entries

Index of past issues: 1977–2000 and 2001–2011


Calendar of Events

Your Yarn: Green Yarns

Forms for a Custom Spinning Business:
Spinning/Fiber Tracking Form 

Click here to take our Spring 2013 web survey!

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Yuuko wrote
on Mar 22, 2013 11:33 PM

I'm really really waiting for this issue but I haven't got it yet.  I heard one of my friend got it more than a week ago!  Should I still wait for it?  There are so many things I want to see in this issue!