Happy National Mushroom Month! According to the Mushroom Council, people harvest mushrooms on every continent. But fungi offer more than just a nonfat food full of potassium and B vitamins—you can dye with mushrooms, too! Add different mordants to the mix, and you’ve got a rainbow of earthy hues. You may need to look farther […]
I love teaching gradient spinning classes. It’s fun to strategize not only about the many ways we can create our own gradients (yarns that change slowly from one end of the skein to the other), but also how to best use the many gradient fibers and blends on the market. When I order workshop supplies […]
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!