Spinner’s Connection

Scenes from Ross Farm: Tillie the Leicester Longwool with her twins. Photo: Scott Manko.

Sheep in the City

Amy and Scott Manko of Ross Farm Fibers have been spreading woolly cheer at fiber festivals and conferences for several years. They are known for the amazing collection of breed-specific fibers and yarns that are created using wool from their Pennsylvania flock. The first time I stepped into the wool-scented Ross Farm booth was in…

Processing flax. Photo courtesy of Vävstuga Weaving School.

Learning to Spin Flax

Have you tried spinning flax? I love opening a new strick and imagining all of the textile possibilities for the long, lustrous fibers. While I have visions of weaving towels with my handspun linen yarns, for now I am spinning for narrow woven bands that incorporate both linen and woolen yarns. They are so much…

Romney is British breed that thrives in a variety of environments. Photo courtesy of Ace Vandenack.

California Wool and Fiber Festival: Celebrating Romney

The mission of the California Wool and Fiber Festival (CWFF) has long been to support textile crafts and natural fiber production. The event will be held September 16‒18, 2016 and is a wonderful mix of local fiber producers, fiber artists, and craftspeople vending and demonstrating their skills. Organizers pack the event schedule each year because…

What's on your wheel this summer? Photo: Kate Larson.

Good Fibrations—August Fiber Festivals

    Earlier this week, I was excited to share a bit about the British Wool Show in York, England. If you are in North America this August, there are great wool festivals on the calendar for you, too. Here are just a few of this month’s many fiber festivals: Festival Twist Complexe Whissell Saint-André-Avellin,…

Mats woven out of Herdwick wool. Photo: June Ongibanjo.

British Wool Show 2016

Fancy a woolly weekend in beautiful Yorkshire? The British Wool Show will once again draw crowds of fiber enthusiasts to York, England, on August 5 and 6, 2016. Formerly known as the British Wool Weekend, the event seeks to “raise the profile of British wool and the many products produced by the British textile industry.”…

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Michigan’s Wine and Wool Festival

Local wine, handcrafted yarns and fibers, and a beautiful Michigan summer day—what could be better? In the summer of 2010, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and LYS The Dropped Stitch hosted the first Wine and Wool Festival in Jackson, Michigan. The event, which now occurs each summer and winter, continues to be a favorite for yarn and…

Spinning in the sunshine. Photo: Shelby Deaton.

Spinzilla 2016: Travel to Bolivia!

Can you believe that Spinzilla is already on the horizon? This fun handspinning competition is now in its fourth year and will be held October 3‒9, 2016. Spinzilla became an international event in 2014, welcoming spinning teams around the world to participate. ClothRoads, ever dedicated to supporting indigenous textile artisans, has helped to sponsor a…

Lynne shares her love for fiber arts through in-person workshops as well as online via Skype.Lynne is also available for online Skype lessons or can direct you to online resources.  Photo: Healing Fibers.

Healing Fibers

“Serenity in fiber” is a phrase I’ve heard from handspinner and knitter Lynne Rule on a number of occasions. Each time, I’m struck by how quietly profound this message truly is. Lynne, who has struggled with a rare neurological disorder since 2007, has not only found personal serenity in fiber arts, but is actively helping…

Just one of many beautiful 2-ply skeins that Donna intends to knit into a sweater. Photo: Donna Molles.

Tour de Fleece Check-In

If you follow spinners or spinning groups on social media, you have likely seen some Tour de Fleece (TdF) buzz. The internet is awash in beautiful bobbins of singles and stunning skeins of handspun yarn. The TdF, during which spinners create yardage as the cyclists of the Tour de France log miles, has now passed…

Dona, who blogs at creativecountrylife.com, purchased some raw Warhill fleece in a fleece sample pack. Read more about how she got started on a fleece study here. Photo: Dona Carruth.

Have You Spun Warhill Wool?

Colorado State University recently shared a story about a project in the School of Veterinary Science that is sure to make a spinner’s heart leap: a rangeland “lambulance.” For more than twenty years, professors and students have run a triage for lambs and their dams during the height of lambing season at Warren Livestock Co.…