Speckles, shibori, flammegarn—there are many ways to refer to a resist-dyeing technique that leaves undyed spots on a skein as it emerges from the dyepot. After making samples in Saxon blue, I decided to try it on handspun sock yarn. I grabbed a smallish skein of 3-ply Horned Dorset that languished in my studio awaiting […]

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Roving Reporter: Spinning for Bandweaving

In this excerpt from Kate Larson’s article “Spinning for Warp-Faced Bands,” get a sneak peek at two exciting happenings: Spin Off Spring 2018 and Kate Larson’s new class, Spinning for Bandweaving, which she’ll teach at Interweave Yarn Fest 2018. While buried deep inside Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum’s textile storage area, I opened a drawer of woven, […]

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I’ve been working on end-of-the-year fiber ablutions: mending well-used textiles, finishing lingering sweaters stuffed into my closet, and the like. It’s a way to literally tie up loose ends and face the New Year with renewed energy and hope. Do you have a sheepish project in your fiber closet that needs some love—or is it […]

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Do you have color confidence? We all interpret color and make color choices every day, but merging our own aesthetics with the so-called rules of color theory in our spinning can be challenging. If you are a color-shy spinner or a pigment pro looking to move out of a color rut, check out Color and […]

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Shetland Handspun: Meet Elizabeth Johnston

When I visited Shetland several years ago (which you can read about here), I met one of its most famous handspinners: Elizabeth Johnston. Her deep textile knowledge comes from an unbroken lineage of Shetland makers. While it is perfect bliss to learn from Elizabeth in her native Shetland, there is good news—she is coming to […]

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