Green Spinning

If you have ever attended our Spin-Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR), you know the sweet anticipation that precedes the release of the Spring 2010 issue of Spin-Off and the announcement of the workshops and mentors. Of course, now that we have a website, those announcements don't have to wait for the Spring issue (don't worry—it will be there, too—but it is also online here, What does this have to do with green spinning? Well, a number of this year's classes at SOAR have a decidedly green tinge. Green as in earth green, being mindful of our natural resources green, plant green and wooly green.

  • Judith MacKenzie is looking at recycling fine fabrics to make astoundingly refined yarns.
  • Jeannine Glaves is pillaging flea markets to find anything spinnable and some things that decidedly are not.
  • Demetrio Bautista Lazo of Oaxaca, Mexico, will teach you how to achieve amazing color using nature's dyes—indigo, cochineal, and wild chamomile.
  • DeAnna Dailey is leading a workshop where you'll be outside most of the time, learning to spin using the tools and fiber that wild Wisconsin offers naturally.

And in keeping with the thoughts of green, this is what's on my spinning wheel—a bit of silk-Merino handpainted green top for a stocking cap. I think I'll Navajo-ply it.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and happy spinning!


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