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The world is our classroom, and we're ready to travel through space, time, and culture to learn all we can about the world's spinning traditions. The Summer 2014 issue of Spin-Off features articles from those who have the world and studied the spinning traditions of our ancestors. Learn about Icelandic fibers and spinning, silk reeling on a Loas mulberry farm, prehistoric textiles from the American South, the 2013 Tinkuy gathering of weavers in Cusco, Peru, and much more. Make your own convertible travel shawl and learn how to make yarn for Telemark embroidered gloves and mittens.

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Recent Issues

  • Spin-Off Summer 2001

    Features

    Yarn Grist: An Excerpt from The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning by Alden Amos

    The Home Textile Tool Museum by Bill Ralph

    Spinning Threads of Freedom: Mahatma Gandhi's Message by Brinda Gill

    Spindle-Spun Tunic by Elaine Boaz

    Old World Crochet by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts

    The Chacara of the Ngobe Woman by Pam DeLuco

    Viking Sails by Peter Fowler

    Today's Drumcarders by Susan McFarland

    Adventures on the Trail of Fiber by Liz Gipson

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  • Spin-Off Spring 2001

    Features

    Fiber Basics: Cashmere by Carol Huebscher Rhoades

    Merging an Ancient Art with a Modern Tool by Deb Erikson

    Royal Highland Show by Deborah Pulliam

    Restoring My Antique Spinning Wheel by Julie Bates

    Handspun Gallery

    Mona, the Dowager Queen of the Flock by Sherry St. Germaine

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  • Spin-Off Winter 2000

    Features 

    The Ugly Sweater Project by Helen Von Ammon

    A Guild Color Study Project by Mary Spanos

    Needlepoint Color Wheel by Mary Spanos

    A Woven Vest of Many Colors by Carol Timkovich

    An Artistic Bag by Terry Martin

    Color Study Fabric by Pia Cusick

    Confetti Socks by Karen Ford

    A Knitted Rainbow Vest by Mary Geier

    James Shiels-The Last Master Spinning Wheelwright in Ireland by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

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  • Spin-Off Winter 1999

    Features

    Spinner's Question: Combing Wool and the Matter of Waste Fiber by Rita Buchanan

    Spinner Profile: Walter Bright Ashford as told to Elizabeth Ashford

    New Spinner's Sweater by Nancy Oakes

    Spanish Moss and Southern "Belles" by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer

    Knitted Merino Scarf by Erda Kappeler

    Fiber Basics: Cotswold by Deborah Pulliam

    Tops With A Twist: Another Pattern From the Spin-Off Contest Soumak and Crochet Hat by Joanna Gleason

    Simple Distaffs by Rita Buchanan

    Wild Silks of the World by Richard S. Peigler

    Crocheted Silk Cords by Dodie Rush

    Handspun Gallery of Sweaters

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  • Spin-Off Fall 1999

    Features

    Spinner's Question: Measuring Fibers by Rita Buchanan

    Spinner Profile: Ann Klinect by Jude Daurelle

    Turkish Supriz by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

    Silk Ribbons by Mary Spanos

    Making the Most of Variegated Yarns

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