Which End First? Spinning from the Lock

I took a class with Kate Larson at Interweave Yarn Fest last weekend, and the most surprising thing I learned had nothing to do with the class description. As she passed out Cormo, Corriedale, and Columbia fleece, Kate mentioned something that changed my basic understanding of spinning from the lock: Kate spins from the butt […]

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Rustic Southwest Towels

Growing up in southern Arizona, Jodi Ybarra loved rustic décor. Her Rustic Southwest Towels in earth-tone hues represent those rich colors of the desert. Weave up a set and bring the soothing colors of the desert into your home, whether you live in an adobe-style house in the southwest, in the mountains of Colorado, or […]

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In much of the world (especially the parts of the world reached by Spin Off magazine), spinning your own yarn hasn’t been an everyday sight for centuries. Handspinners get used to very odd questions and comments, but some still make us scratch our heads. Here are the 3 most common types of odd questions or […]

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What to Watch While Handspinning

Just when I’d perfected the multitasking that time management gurus have promoted for years, it turns out there’s really no such thing as multitasking—just people who cultivate and manage a short attention span. But when spinning becomes a matter of muscle memory, I like to enjoy doing two favorite things together. Here are 5 favorite […]

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How Fiber Prep Is Like Riding a Motorcycle

When I wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle, I hit a double bind: I wouldn’t know if I wanted to buy one unless I practiced enough to make an informed decision. But without good bike handling skills, you won’t find anyone to lend you a motorcycle. I faced the same thing when I thought […]

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You don’t need a big loom or decades of experience to weave a great piece. You can create beautiful tapestries with handheld little looms, ordinary yarn, and a little know-how. As a professional artist, Rebecca Mezoff weaves enormous tapestries on a complex countermarche loom, but when she goes in search of inspiration, she takes a […]

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In spinning groups online and in person, I’m seeing a delightful trend: spinners are venturing past “improved” breeds and are spinning wool that is rare, primitive, or just plain interesting. The adventurous spinner has started to sample unusual wools she can’t even pronounce. In search of fiber out of the ordinary, I stepped into the […]

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