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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Learning to spin was a whirlwind of new experiences, and after relocating far from home to take on a new job, I was feeling particularly open to new things. Spinning entered my life at a transition period where I was into both trying different things and thinking introspectively about the journey of life. Spinning lessons […]

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The Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Fair

The Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Fair brings the tradition of fiber arts to east Tennessee. With a focus on education, the talented instructors at this festival aim to teach festival goers about the journey from fleece to fiber. Be ready for a day of hands-on learning and falling in love with a new craft! Read […]

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