Spin-Off Summer 2013

Our theme this issue is history. To this end, we cover more than a few fascinating topics—understanding our own desire to spin by looking at the spinning of our ancestors, imagining what it meant to spin cotton sewing thread in a time of need, understanding the spinning tools that were simultaneously a result and a cause of the Industrial Revolution, and learning how setting up a warp-weighted loom can make history real for people of all ages.

You will learn how twist affects the finished fabric in weaving and a spindle spinning technique used by the Blackfoot people. There is a special section on the ancient technique of sprang that will teach you the basics as well as why this netting technique works better with high-twist yarns—making handspun the perfect yarn for sprang.

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On the Cover:

Hyde Park Stole by Anne Podlesak

DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Page
Letters
As the Whorl Spins
Reviews

Get This!
Abbreviations
Advertisers' Index
Classified Ads

 

 

 


Seasons Collars
by Joan Sheridan


A Link to Spinners Past
by Ercil Howard-Wroth


Restoring the Jane Austen House Museum Spinning Wheel: A John Planta spinning wheel
by David and Valerie Bryant

FEATURES

Spindle Spinners of the Postcard Golden Age
by Marcy Moffet

A Link to Spinners Past
by Ercil Howard-Wroth

Behind the Scenes: The Spinning Wheel Sleuth: A conversation with Florence Feldman-Wood

The Transformation of the Spinning Industry
by Peter Teal

Restoring the Jane Austen House Museum Spinning Wheel: A John Planta spinning wheel
by David and Valerie Bryant

Louie Garcia: Preserving cotton traditions
by Irene Laughing Cloud

The Grandfather's Kilt Project
by Valerie Macrae Kohler

Handspun Sprang Gallery

George Washington's Silk Sprang Sash
by Carol James

Handspun Lace for a Prince
by Margaret Stove

The Mothers' and Daughters' Club: Plainfield, New Hampshire, 1897-1970
by Lynn Ruggles

HOW-TO

Twist in Weaving: An excerpt from Spin to Weave
by Sara Lamb

Blackfoot Spinning
by Marilyn Wright

Sewing Thread in a Pinch
by Lynne Vogel

The Warp-Weighted Loom
by Ercil Howard-Wroth

PROJECTS

Making an Officer's Sprang Sash
by Carol James

Hyde Park Stole
by Anne Podlesak

Royal Baby Beanies
by Margaret Stove

Seasons Collars
by Joan Sheridan

ON THE WEB

Spinner’s Connection

Call for Entries

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

Corrections

Calendar of Events


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