When Spinning Teachers Disagree

One of beloved spinning teacher Maggie Casey’s most often-repeated comments is, “It depends.” Should I predraft fiber for handspinning? Is long draw or short forward draw easier? Is 3-ply better than 2-ply? There are reasons on both sides; try it out and see which you like better. It depends. Judith MacKenzie is often quoted as […]

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Wool Be Great Together: Valentines for Spinners

Did you give valentines to your classmates in elementary school? Some years I made them from red construction paper and paper doilies; other years I bought the premade kind and decided who got the nice ones. (It was a stationery soap opera.) Decades later, I’m just crazy about spinners and spinning, so I couldn’t resist […]

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Most handspinners aren’t just handspinners. Being a spinner is certainly enough, but most of us either come to spinning from another craft or take up another craft to use all that handspun yarn. When you want to put that yarn to use in a spectacular project, here are 5 skills you’ll want in your toolbox. […]

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The 5 Ways to Spin Interweave Yarn Fest

There are more ways to enjoy Interweave Yarn Fest than you can shake a niddy-noddy at. Besides teachers we’ve loved in past years, two new superstars are joining us in 2018. From across the Atlantic, we’re delighted to welcome Shetland Handspun’s Elizabeth Johnston. And Deborah Robson, who is new to Yarn Fest, is a bestselling […]

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Interweave Yarn Fest Doubles Down on Weaving

Weaving has always been important at Interweave Yarn Fest, but for the sake of portability we’ve always stuck with little looms. And it’s been great—weavers new and experienced have taken classes in tapestry, pin looms, rigid-heddle weaving, and warp painting. But at national conferences, weavers from all over take classes with all kinds of looms. […]

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Is your local fiber shop having a party for Saint Distaff’s Day or Rock Day? Spinners are everywhere you look, including religion and mythology. Even though spinning saints are less well known than weaving deities—the weaver Athena is more famous than the spinner Clotho—we spinners have our patron saints. And so we celebrate Saint Distaff’s […]

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New Year’s Spinning Resolutions and Realities

Spin Off has been sharing our spinning resolutions for years . . . but what’s that about the best-laid plans? This year, I resolve not to set myself up for failure. In 2018, I promise not to reach March with a list of broken promises and related regrets. Join me in making some New Year’s […]

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I recently came back from a trip with a suitcase of souvenir yarns and woven shawls. Even though it’s getting cold, however, I haven’t even brought them inside. Instead, they’re plastic wrapped in quarantine. Before letting these new goodies touch my clothing and yarn stash, I store them separately, just in case I brought home […]

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When the online shopping revolution got rolling 20 years ago, people like me feared that local artisans would be swallowed up by online retail giants. We may never go back to the pre-Amazon days, but internet shopping has made buying from local businesses more sepcial—especially when it comes to finding natural fibers for spinning. Thanks […]

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