If you’ve been sitting on the Spinzilla sidelines thinking that you just don’t have the time, ability, or perhaps the competitive streak to join up for this annual week of heavy handspinning, I’m here in hopes of convincing you otherwise. Now in its fifth year, Spinzilla takes place during the first full week of October […]
Tyrian purple, or Royal purple, is a dye from the murex shellfish. It was first produced in the Bronze Age by the Phoenician city of Tyre. According to Phoenician mythology, the pet dog of Tyros, mistress of the god Melqart, discovered the dye when his mouth turned purple after chewing on the shellfish, and Tyros […]
Crafters know better than most people where clothing comes from, and we know that every day is better with yarn in it. But have you ever stopped to think what the world would look like if humans hadn’t discovered that fiber + twist = a very good thing? I asked some of my Interweave colleagues […]
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This summer, I’ve spent more time working with and reading about cotton and flax than I typically do in my spinning life. Over the weekend, as I finished hackling a new strick of flax and started processing a lovely bag of ginned green cotton, I decided to see what Norman Kennedy had to say about […]
For one week in October, the world stands still and spinners race to make as much yarn as possible. We asked Monica Bittner, Spinzilla’s 2016 winner (who spun 50,378 yards for Team Louet North America), for her suggestions. To what do you attribute your success at Spinzilla? I view Spinzilla as the Olympics of spinning, […]
Once you dive into the wonderful world of yarn and fiber—whether as a spinner, knitter, crocheter, needleworker, or weaver—you learn that many handcrafted projects can’t handle machine-washing or dry cleaning. Maybe the agitation of a home washing machine or dry cleaning machine would destroy the item’s delicate structure, shrink the item, or compress all the […]
Qiviut is an Inuktitut word used for the wool or undercoat of a musk ox. View more fiber facts!
Imagine yourself winning a prize. Would you rather win something practical that you’ll use every day, or would you prefer something unusual that you’ve never seen before? How about both? In honor of Spin Off Magazine’s 40th anniversary, five of our partners came together to give you presents. The prize packs include a wonderful assortment […]
Andrea Mielke Schroer is an uncommon spinner: she loves hand carders and the process of carding wool. She’s taught us hand carding techniques in her article “Breaking In Handcards” and the video How to Card Wool, but today she answers the big question: Why? Are you a process person? Not everyone is—I am a process […]