The Ancient, Evergreen Spindle


Devin Helmen spins on a spindle while walking. Photo by Zeus Carrete.

For a very simple tool, the spindle has so much to offer.

Portability, challenge, entertainment, and productivity—all are available no matter your skill level, budget, or spinning style. It’s no wonder that our contributors had a lot to say about the subject in the Fall 2016 edition of Spin Off, and I can’t wait to hear what you think.

I was looking over our recent reader survey, and responses seem about evenly split: More spindles! Enough spindles, more wheels! Spindles and spinning wheels wax and wane in popularity, but one thing is certain: There’s no reason to shun one in favor of the other. Spin cotton on a tahkli spindle; spin longwool on a spinning wheel; dance with a walking wheel.

A Fresh Look, a Familiar Friend

Spin Off Fall 2016. Photo by Joe Coca.

Spin Off Fall 2016. Photo by Joe Coca.

You may notice some changes in the Fall 2016 issue of the magazine. From a new logo on the cover to a new design in the articles, we’ve updated our look, just in time to mark our 40th anniversary in 2017. We’ve tried to convey graphically what we hope to embody editorially: Firm roots in tradition and respect for the spinners who have come before us. Fresh approaches that engage spinners at every stage of their spinning journeys. A spirited connection, fueled by a common love of craft, that crosses boundaries. A sense of the delight and fun that spinning and spinners can bring.

Have you ever wondered how a writer gets published in these pages? Mostly, they email and ask to become contributors. We have a list of interested spinners who receive our Calls for Submissions quarterly, about ten months before each new issue. (If you’d like to be added, just send a request to

I can’t wait to hear more from you!

Spin happy,




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