Spin Off Call for Submissions Spring 2018

Spinning Geekery! Some of us still wince when we hear “geek” or “nerd,” but these days the fascinated, slightly obsessed, and deeply knowledgeable can wear our passions on our sleeves. In the Spring 2018 issue, talk nerdy to us. Dive deep into your favorite subject. Help other spinners understand the details that are so important […]

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Woolfest 2017

Headed out of town this summer in search of some fiber fun? For the past thirteen years, the members of the Wool Clip cooperative have organized the original British wool festival: Woolfest. Each year, hundreds of volunteers, venue staff, subcontractors, vendors, exhibitors, and fiber lovers gather at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth to rejoice […]

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OK Fiber Fest!

Every spring, fiber enthusiasts meet at the fairgrounds in Okanogan, Washington for the OK Fiber Fest! This family-friendly event has an impressive list of vendors, farmers, and a great list of classes taught by local industry professionals. Learn about the journey of yarn from the farm to your needles, starting with live sheep shearing demons. […]

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Spinning Handpainted Roving: Color Techniques

Does your fiber stash look anything like mine? Boxes, bags, and baskets overflow with raw washed fleece (waiting to be processed); “mix-ins” such as cut-up sari silk, angora rabbit samples, handfuls of colored top, and small amounts of what I like to call blending fibers (waiting to be mixed in); batts and birds’ nests (waiting […]

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LYLYS: Longmont Yarn Shoppe

If you walk into the Longmont Yarn Shoppe from the Main Street-facing entrance, you must first walk through an Egyptian imports store. It’s quite a charming preface to the beautiful and thoughtful yarn shop space. The actual front door is on the alley-facing side of the building. Longmont Yarn Shoppe will be five years old in […]

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If you like colorful fiber for spinning yarn, you know a drumcarder can be your best friend. Carding wool is a great way to create artful blends of color, no matter what spinning technique you prefer. Yes, there are myriad prepared fiber blends available, but nothing offers the same level of control as carding your […]

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Using Handspun Gradient Yarns

Gradient yarns that slowly shift colors from one end of the skein to the other are a great spinner’s challenge. Spin-Off editor Anne Merrow posted a roundup of some of the most popular gradient yarn constructions. With so many great gradient-dyed fibers available today, who can resist trying them all? I’ve been working on a […]

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Use a Blending Board for Rolags and More

Blending boards seemed to explode on the spinning scene about four years ago, but spinners have been using them for decades. The blending board allows you to card rolags, punis, batts, and even roving. Whether you prefer smooth and subtle or funky and chunky blends, the blending board can produce a variety of fiber preparations. […]

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DIY String Art: 24 Designs to Create and Hang By Jesse Dresbach Searching for something old—that’s new again—to do with your handspun? Step back to an art movement popular in the 1960s and 1970s. DIY String Art adds an updated twist to a retro craft. Jesse Dresbach, proprietor of the online shop NineRed.Etsy.com, guides you […]

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