Spin-Off, Fall 2016 Digital Edition
Spin Off Fall 2016 turns its gaze on the ancient, yet evergreen tool—the handspindle. Suspended, supported, or somewhere in between, this incredibly diverse tool has kept handspinners captivated throughout time!
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Explore the development of spindles across the globe and learn how contemporary spinners have adapted spindle techniques and used modern materials to continue the spindle’s evolution. See how the handspindle offers amazing portability, challenge, entertainment, and productivity. From Andrea Mielke Schroer’s article on spinning with a stick, a belt, and a potato, to spinning on the go with Devin Helmen, to Amelia Garripoli’s connecting the historical evolution of spindles across continents, spindles remain a timeless tool!
Learn skills for using all kinds of spindles, including supported, foot-powered, drop spindles, and more. Delve into features on fibers from Gotland to angora, give great wheels and kick spindles a spin, and decode the meaning of all those numbers used in the different yarn categories and yarn measurement systems. In addition to the handspun and crocheted Swirling Shell Shawl project by Jennifer Raymond, the issue contains 10 how-to-spin articles and six must-read features.
Spin Off Fall 2016 has a fresh new look just in time to mark our 40th anniversary in 2017! Readers will notice the same engaging content and projects, but with a new logo on the cover and new design in the articles.
- From Bead to Whorl by Stephenie Gaustad
- Viking Sheep by Rebecca Marsh
- Swirling Shell Shawl by Jennifer Raymond
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- The articles were rather more fluff than meaty, which was a great disappointment, as I know Interweave has some excellent drop spindle spinners in its stable. You are better off buying the "Handspindle Treasury: Spinning Around the World" when its on special, or even paying full price for it if you want substance with your eye candy. There was not enough in this issue to tempt me to buy a print copy to keep with my spindles. (Posted on 10/14/2016)
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- I wanted to see more on Hand spindle, drop spindle, what ever you call it.I have plied with two hand spindles onto a third, but I sorely need more info. Syd Harper (Posted on 9/19/2016)