Be enchanted by Judith MacKenzie

Be enchanted by Judith MacKenzie


In our new eBook, Judith MacKenzie explains plying and cabling yarn.

Judith MacKenzie has been enthralling us for decades with her soothing voice and storytelling magic via many a medium—classes, video, and the written word. You don't have to be a spinner to be under her spell, either. Even my seven-year-old daughter (alas not yet a spinner) will sit mesmerized when I put in one of her DVDs while I'm spinning and just listen to Judith talk about sheep, spinning a woolen yarn, washing wool—anything. But when I talk about these things, she wrinkles her nose and says, "Oh, mom, why is it always spinning?" I counter that spinning is in everything—it is the fabric of our lives whether we're aware of it or not.

And this is how Judith MacKenzie approaches spinning. At the same time that she gives us practical information to make our spinning better, she's also talking about the rich history of spinning and how spinning helps us connect to ancient fabric-making traditions. Some of these traditions live on because spinners like Judith are actively involved in helping maintain them. I am always fascinated with where a conversation with Judith takes my understanding of spinning.


Judith also explores finding, processing, and spinning wild fibers such as milkweed, dogbane, fireweed, and nettle (shown top to bottom and left to right). 

In our new eBook, The Judith MacKenzie Collection,  you'll find articles from past issues of Spin-Off about how to select a fleece, how to wash it, how to make a pleasantly plump singles, how to ply, how to spin a beaded yarn, how to cable, how to spin fine fibers and unusual fibers, and how to wet-finish your yarn. All of these topics are very practical and needed—but what you'll also find is Judith's narrative that connects the mundane with the magical. When you spin a thread from a disorganized puff of fluff, you are, in essence, making something from nothing—what could be more enchanting?

Happy spinning,

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