Write for us! What are Your Desert Island Spinning Tools?

Handspinning gives us many opportunities to collect spinning tools. For some spinners, this becomes a hobby all on its own! I have many spinning friends who accumulate finely tuned spindles and intentionally designed spinning wheels. I also know loads of fiber folks who revel in adapted spinning tools, such as a special button used as a diz. What’s in your spinner’s toolbox?

Spinners are often people who like to know how things work; we are a curious bunch! It’s only natural that we might find it of the utmost importance to own not one set of handcombs but five different sets that are effective for different fibers.

Has a fiber or spinning tool sent you on a journey to learn more? Whether your penchant is for antique spinning tools, adapted found objects, or modern equipment made for the job at hand, we would love to hear about your life with spinning tools!


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What’s your take on electric spinners? Kate loaded her Hansen MiniSpinner with a decadent blend from Hilltop Cloud.

As always, Spin Off magazine is delighted to include articles that diverge from the theme of the issue. Each issue is an eclectic mix of how-to, storytelling, community news, and inspiration. We welcome new contributors; every issue includes writers we haven’t published before, and every returning contributor had their first article published at some point.


1. Feature articles: Intriguing stories, profiles of artisans and businesses, and history of the craft to give our readers new insights into the world of fiber and yarn.

2. Handspun projects: Show how you transformed fiber into handspun yarn and finished items using knitting, weaving, crochet, or other techniques. (Please note that projects must be accompanied by accurate directions.)

3. How-to articles: Tell us how you approach a particular technique, solve a spinning problem, or use a tool.

Find contributor guidelines and a submissions form on our Call for Submissions page. Submissions are due December 17, 2018.

Call for Submissions Fall 2019

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Spin Off magazine is the premier magazine for handspinners. Founded in 1977, Spin Off magazine offers designs, articles, profiles, and news from the spinning community.

Featured Image: A diz is used to produce sliver, such as when producing combed top from handcombs. There are many beautiful dizes available, but buttons are also a spinner’s favorite! Photos by Kate Larson.

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