The fabric of our lives Most spinners learn how to spin with wool—it is easy to learn with and is widely available as a spinning fiber. Sometimes not knowing that something is challenging can be a good thing. For instance, I learned how to spin by spinning cotton. I was a college student studying...
Amy Clarke Moore
Dec 29, 2011
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What better way to say "thanks" than with handspun silk? I love this time of year—I love crisp air, frosty window panes, and steaming cups of tea. I love rolling out dough and cutting out cookies with my girls. I love taking a bit of time to relax, make things, and be thankful. And I'm...
Just a small sample of the cotton fiber Linda loves. Rita Buchanan spinning cotton while reading a book, from her DVD How I Spin . Stephenie Gaustad demonstrating one of her cotton spinning techniques in her upcoming DVD Spinning Cotton . Can I conquer cottonphobia? Read on. Here's the truth: I have...
I can hardly believe it’s been four months since I was there. But I’ve had that trip on my mind a lot, and for good reason. Spin-Off is planning to publish a wall calendar for 2010, photography is happening today, and a beautiful supported spindle with handspun natural brown cotton on it...
Last post, I was asking the world at large whether men of the Guatemalan highlands still spin wool on drop spindles, as they did when Olive and Harry Linder visited there in the late 1970s. Having spent several days chasing the answer, I have to say it’s a qualified “no.” Of course...
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Dec 9, 2008
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