A drop spindle is the perfect traveling companion. As I write this, I’m getting ready to travel to Tinkuy, an international gathering of weavers in Peru. My packing list grows longer by the minute: rain ponchos, audiobooks, hand sanitizer. Speaking with Maggie Casey today, she reminded me, “Don’t forget to pack a drop spindle.” I […]

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10 Insurance Tips for Crafters

During my first year out of college, a restaurant fire downstairs from a colleague’s apartment forced her out one night. She was surprised to learn that her landlord’s insurance wouldn’t cover the smoke damage to her stuff (and dry cleaning every piece of fabric you own gets expensive). It was a tough day for her, […]

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Handspun in the House: Yarn Wall Art for Spinners

Let’s be honest: we all decorate with yarn. From the first time I realized that putting my work in progress in a basket made it look like living room décor rather than something I hadn’t put away, yarn (and eventually spinning) became part of my decorating scheme. How many of us contemplate a Saxony spinning […]

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Mindfulness Through Yarn: The Zen of Handspinning

Sitting down at a spinning wheel can be a powerful mindfulness practice. To take a break from the frantic pace of modern life, pause and enjoy some meditative handspinning. Kate Larson shares her recipe for mindful spinning, but even without setting a formal intention, making yarn refreshes the mind. Crocheters have discovered the joy of […]

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Call for Submissions: Spin Off Magazine Fall 2018

Taking our cue from the annual fall equipment theme, Spin Off magazine’s Fall 2018 issue examines the useful, long-lasting element of spinning. We may not spin every textile we use, but we can still create practical yarns that stand up to wear and serve a purpose. Whether you’re spinning to clothe your family or striving […]

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Whether it’s wool off a sheep’s back or the hair on your head, some animals need a haircut. But humans domesticated sheep thousands of years before we invented wool-shearing tools, and plenty of fiber animals still shed their wool or fur. Some angora and cashmere fiber producers prefer to shear the animals and harvest all […]

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Why Did You Learn to Spin Yarn?

Once the spinning bug bites you, it’s hard to remember when spinning wasn’t part of your life. Whether you took it up last week or spun your first skein decades ago, do you remember what made you want to learn to spin yarn? Even if you learned long ago, that first reason probably shapes the […]

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Spinning Yak

One afternoon last summer, I was riding my bicycle along the back roads near our office in Northern Colorado. I’d turned east, onto the plains and away from the mountains . . . and on that day, straight into a headwind. The winds from the east typically carry the distinctive aroma of cattle, and the […]

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Dye Dangerously with Indigo Dye

One of my favorite parts of Interweave is learning from Linda Ligon. Linda had the great idea to start Interweave decades ago and many more since. But when she had me order sulfuric acid so she could make Saxon blue, a historic indigo dye, I was dubious. “It will be easy,” she said—a classic Linda […]

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