Some spinners are afraid to spin cotton. They’ve heard it’s too difficult. Fear not! Joan Ruane loves to teach how to spin cotton on a tahkli spindle. Over several decades, she has perfected her own techniques for spinning cotton and cultivated a passion for teaching other spinners to master the art. It all starts with […]

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Spin Off Call for Submissions Winter 2018

Warmth When it comes to keeping warm, visions of cashmere or qiviut may dance in our heads, but there’s more to warmth than fiber types. Preparation, drafting technique, and the use of the yarn all play a role in making a yarn a good insulator. Tell us about how you create yarn that traps heat. […]

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Supported Spindle Spinning Tips!

Some cashmere landed on my desk recently—I do love my work! To make the loftiest, finest handspun yarn, a supported spindle can’t be beat, so it’s time to pull out a Tibetan spindle or a tahkli and practice spinning supported. To get started, I flipped to Heather Zoppetti’s article “Spinning Supported.” Here is some of […]

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That’s Spinnertainment: The Shepherd’s View

Has the urban grind got you down? City-dwelling spinners often connect with nature only when playing with unwashed fleece. For many of us, the animals that provide our fiber are an endless source of fascination. We are enchanted not only by the creatures themselves but also by the people who raise them. We envision romantic […]

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Closet Full of Sheep: Surplice Sweater

When experienced spinners undertake a large project, they generally spend some time planning the yarn. They might even (gasp) try to match a commercial yarn or spin for a desired knitting pattern! As a beginner, I took a more haphazard approach, as we’ve seen from my first vest, first socks, and second vest. I just […]

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