Most spinners have cache of forlorn fibers tucked into spinning bags or languishing in our stash. Last week I started a series of posts following a tangled multicolored mess through a sorting, carding, and spinning process to make a gradient cowl. We’ve talked about how to create a colorway and begin carding. Now, let’s assemble […]

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The Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, held in Tacoma, Washington, is famous for its amazing classes, marketplace, and handknit-clad crowds from coast to coast. I’ve just returned home from my first year joining the event as an instructor. Even with just a few quick passes through the marketplace, I came home buzzing with ideas and […]

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Sheep are often misunderstood. As prey animals, often their best defense is inscrutability, memory, and behavior when sensing danger. Handspinners typically have great respect for our woolly friends and, as a community, we have more awareness than ever about different breeds and wool types. There are a few common sheep myths that this ovine-besotted shepherd […]

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In her post “Roving Reporter: Spinning for Bandweaving,” Kate Larson confesses that she’s smitten with weaving narrow tapes. The possibilities for yarn and weaving exploration are endless when spinning for bandweaving. In this excerpt from her article “Spinning for Warp-Faced Bands” from Spin Off Spring 2018, Kate offers 3 ways handspinners can use handspun yarn […]

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