Naturally colored cotton ought to come with a notice: Colors might not remain as they appear. As Stephenie Gaustad reveals in Spin Off’s Summer 2018 issue, factors such as time or soaking the fibers in an alkaline solution can alter cotton’s original color. Here’s Stephenie to explain how she stumbled upon this fact and the […]

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Alden Amos’s endless curiosity about machinery and textiles was infectious, and he had a great passion for making rope, too. In the article “Handspun Rope: The Hows and Whys of an Ancient Craft,” which he and Stephenie Gaustad contributed to in the Fall 2015 issue of Spin Off, you can learn about the differences between […]

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Afraid of weaving handspun yarn as singles? Hog wash! Applying sizing to your singles before you warp will help you reduce abrasion problems, tame overtwist, and get weaving faster. In the Spring 2018 issue of Spin Off, Stephenie Gaustad shares a few tips on how to size your singles. Once you try it, you’ll be […]

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Cotton, flax, hemp—yes, please! Has your love affair with spinning included plant fibers? In this excerpt from The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp, Stephenie Gaustad shares six of her best tips for spinning hemp yarn. Spinning hemp employs techniques from both flax and cotton. Read on to find out more about this often misunderstood […]

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