You start spinning in earnest and suddenly you are making yarn! It’s a great feeling—that fiber magically transforming right before your eyes in your hands. As you gain confidence in your ability to make a handspun yarn that both sticks together and is reasonably consistent, you may decide that you’d like to try making different […]

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Nearly every issue of Spin-Off features the amazing, magical qualities of natural fiber, but we’ve figured out a way to celebrate it even more. Natural Fiber Directory was born during the International Year of Natural Fiber and here it is in its fifth year. It was included as a pull-out section in the Winter 2017 […]

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Felting fiber is probably one of the most ancient of techniques used to make cloth from animal fibers. It is likely that our most ancient of ancestors unwittingly created felt when they wore animal pelts close to their bodies—their sweat, movement, and heat creating the environment needed to permanently fuse the fibers into a warm […]

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This issue is all about fiber. We’re looking at it closeup this time—really closeup—by examining crimp and diameter in detail to understand why fiber does what it does. Beth Smith has written a great article about spinning wool to the crimp—it’s a pretty straightforward concept and a wonderful place to start when you’re deciding how […]

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Once you’ve basked in the absolute joy that comes from learning how to spin, you might start casting around for other equally satisfying pursuits. One of those is dyeing yarn with natural dyes. Just as ancient people learned that they could infuse their textiles with the colors of the earth and heavens using some pretty […]

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I love scarf knitting patterns. The great thing about scarves is that they can be any size and can be absolutely basic or incredibly intricate. Also, in most cases, one size fits all. I keep an extra knitted scarf project in my car, just in case—you never know when you might have a moment to […]

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I love this time of year—I love crisp air, frosty window panes, and steaming cups of tea. I love rolling out dough and cutting out cookies with my girls. I love taking a bit of time to relax, make things, and be thankful. And I’m thankful for you. That’s why we made A Guide to […]

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You’ve mastered spinning a singles yarn and now it is time to ply yarn. The concept is simple enough—just take two (or three, or four, or more) singles, hold them together, and ply them by twisting them in the opposite direction they were originally spun. Simple, but the possibilities are endless—how do you keep them […]

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Spinning Cotton + Colored Cotton Free eBook

Cotton is an amazing fiber, growing in hot climates and emerging from beautiful flowers on spindly bushes and trees. Cotton fibers are great for keeping us cool and dry when it is hot and humid out. It is the fiber the ancient Egyptians cultivated to clothe themselves and also used to wrap their dead in […]

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