Art Yarn

The same building blocks that create the smooth, even yarn at the top also create the beaded yarn and bubble crepe at the bottom—and you’ll learn them in The Building Blocks of Spinning.

Sarah Makes Spinning Fundamentals Fun

Besides her absolutely spectacular spinning, there are two things you’ll notice immediately about Sarah Anderson: her curiosity and sunny disposition. She often asks, “I wonder what would happen if…” and then sets out to find out for herself. One of my favorites of Sarah’s experiments was to test whether chain-plied yarns would last as well…

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Esther Rodgers: Yarn Fest Color Feast

Esther Rodgers, otherwise known as Jazzturtle, is known for her buoyant blend of creativity and technique. She seems to fearlessly tackle that interesting nexus of yarn design, fiber and materials, and artistic impulse. And if you want to see her approach put into practice, you can wander through the Jazzturtle booth at a number of…

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Spinners Just Want to Have Fun

Remember how when you were a kid sitting in a rope swing, you would twist the swing around and around and around until its ropes were all kinked up? And then you would let go and spin around and around like mad, pigtails flying? (If you had pigtails.) It was sheer joy. I thought of…

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Happy I Love Yarn Day!

Today is I Love Yarn Day, a holiday that's pretty much one of the best days of the year for spinners. It's a day to take time, relax, and enjoy some spinning, knitting, crocheting, or weaving. It's also an opportunity to boast about how much you love yarn in hopes of encouraging others to give…

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How to Dye Yarn Naturally

    Click here to download your free eBook! For some of us, the pleasure of using natural dyes is the connection it gives us with the earth, using plants and fungi and minerals from the environment in our handmade projects. Others enjoy the challenge of finding, working with, and sometimes even growing unpredictable materials,…

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Four Things You Need to Know About Spinning Fine Yarns

    Beth uses luster longwools such as Wensleydale to make exquisite lace yarns in her latest video. I’ll let you in on the biggest surprise (to me, anyway) in Beth Smith’s video Spin Thin: How to Spin Fine Yarns: Wensleydale. Beth uses luster longwools such as Wensleydale to make exquisite lace yarns. You may…

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Spin a Colorful Yarn

    These yarns use almost the same colors, but by changing the spinning and plying techniques, Judith MacKenzie created a range of color effects. There are as many ways for a spinner to play with color as there are colors. Whether it’s adding in contrasting tweedy bits to add depth to yarn, laying different…

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Three Reasons Every Spinner Should Make Art Yarns

    Sarah Anderson developed a “Wrap-and-Roll” technique that combines elements of corespinning with opposite twist for an art yarn all her own. I’ve heard a lot of handspinners sniff and say in a skeptical voice, “I don’t want to make novelty yarns.” They may be envisioning what I call “stuff on my yarn” (after…

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Three Tips for Spinning Bulky Yarns

    The Winter 2004 issue of Spin-Off featured bulky yarns in the Your Yarns column. They’re great fun to see! (Yarns by Pam Lipper, top, and Kristine Mastrodonato.) Spinning isn’t much of an instant-gratification pursuit. There is certainly satisfaction in buying special fiber, huffing a lovely fleece, and feeling fibers slip through your hands,…

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Art (yarn) Appreciation

In honor of Eye Candy Friday, here are some lovelies. Enjoy! Photos by Jeff Padrick from Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn by Jacey Boggs From Spin-Off Spring 2008, "Wrap-and-Roll: A soft-core yarn from a hard-core spinner" by Sarah Anderson From Spin-Off Winter 2009, "Coils: Adding to Your Art Yarn Repertoire" by Jacey Boggs (Here's what we…