Engineering an Affordable Electric Spinning Wheel

In 2010, engineer Maurice Ribble’s girlfriend (now wife), Emily, wanted an electric spinning wheel but found the available options too expensive. Maurice built one and offered the plans and code for his electric wheel online, and the first Electric Eel Wheel (EEW) was born. To help fund his research and business, Dreaming Robots, Maurice uses […]

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Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our eighth installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are instructions for tatting knots and tatting with two threads. The material is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations or corrections were made. […]

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Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our seventh installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are two edgings: one, ovals with “picoteed” scallops, and the other, ovals and eyelets. The material is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations […]

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Join an Online Weaving and Spinning Guild

Joining a weaving and spinning guild can both inspire you and help propel your craft to the next level. But don’t fret just because there are no guilds in your area. In this excerpt from the Summer 2018 issue of Spin Off, we introduced you to the Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers. In […]

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Your Yarns: Spin Scrap Yarn

What do you make with the leftover fiber that you have collected over the years? Spin it! For the scrap yarn challenge, our readers dove deep into their stashes, uncovered their leftover bits and scraps of spinning fiber, and spun them up into a one-of-a-kind yarn. These mismatched morsels of fibery goodness offered a wonderful […]

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Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our sixth installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are methods for working picots and ovals joined by picots. It is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations or corrections were made. Fig. […]

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Help a New Spinner Learn How to Spin Wool

Occasionally, I take a bump of fiber and a spindle to a knitting group or on a knitting retreat, and a curious knitter who spies me across the room comes over and asks to learn how to spin wool. Has this happened to you? Always the willing teacher, I hand her my spindle and fiber […]

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Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our fifth installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are methods for working scallops and double stitches. It is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations or corrections were made. Fig. 8.—DETACHED SCALLOPS […]

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Fiber festivals are always wonderful fun—I’ve yet to visit a fiber festival and think to myself, “Well that was a waste of my time!” No matter what’s on the schedule—or in the vendor area—I always manage to have a delightful time (and leave with an armful of yarn and other goodies). There is one fiber […]

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When it came to learning how to spin yarn, my biggest question was, “What should I learn on: spindle or wheel?” My mother, who usually has an opinion on crafty matters such as this, encouraged me to learn on a wheel. Luckily, I had a circle of friends willing to help me reach my goal. […]

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