The Culture of Spindle and Distaff

In this excerpt from “How to Spin Balkan-Style with a Distaff,” by Bruce Engebretson with Norman Kennedy, which was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Spin Off, Bruce explains the cultural significance of a spindle and distaff. In many parts of the world today, spindle-and-distaff spinning is a regular and substantial part of fiber […]

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Tales of a Beginner Spinner: My Spinning Journey

My spinning journey began only a short time after my move to Colorado and a matter of days after I began my new job as Editorial Assistant for Specialty Fiber at Interweave. Luckily for me, this is the perfect place for a beginning crafter. I’m surrounded by people who knit, crochet, spin, weave, bead, and […]

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What Do Yarn Numbers Mean? Measuring Fiber

Confused by all of the numbers and categories that describe fiber and yarn? You’re not alone! In this excerpt from the Spin Off Fall 2016 “Ask a Spinning Teacher: Numbers,” Amy Tyler fills us in on what the Bradford system, micron system, and blood system mean and what these systems tell you about measuring fiber. […]

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The Search for A Spinning Mentor

Where do you go to learn about spinning? We can read about spinning all day, but a spinning mentor can move your work forward like nothing else. Having someone explain a technique while showing you how they do it leads to “Ah-ha!” moments. The clouds part, the sun shines, and suddenly your mind and body […]

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Can you make a living as a spinner? Support yourself as a dyer or weaver? (Would you want to?) Selling your work is not about crafting for yourself. “Who will buy my work?” is just one of the questions you’ll wrestle with while starting a craft business. Let’s meet your customer. Who’s your customer? How […]

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Whitney Dorband joined Interweave as an intern in 2009. In 2014, she decided to start a fiber company with her mother, using alpaca fiber from the family’s large flock and natural dyes from her mother’s garden. Learn more about how passion meets practicality in an excerpt from her Spin Off Winter 2017 article, “From Backyard […]

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