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Her Handspun Habit: 3 Tips for Better E-Spinner Handspun

More spinners than ever are going electric—what’s your take? In my last post on fine-tuning your e-spinner, I shared ergonomic and setup ideas for gaining a more…

Spin Off Fall 2019 Magazine
Beginner's Drop Spindle Collection
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Alpaca Expo

Do you love alpacas? Of course, you do! Alpacas are adorable and fluffy, and their fleece makes excellent yarn. What’s not to love? If you’re an alpaca…

If You Think Drop Spindles Suck, We Want to Change Your Mind with This Free Online Workshop

Like many of you, I started spinning on a drop spindle. And like many of you, I hated it. The first spindle I used felt clunky, I…

The Practical Spinner’s Guide Series Compendium Review

“Nothing is created alone!” says Sara Lamb in The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Silk. In the Practical Spinner’s Guide series, four extraordinary mentors share their advice on all…

Her Handspun Habit: 3 Tips for Better E-Spinner Handspun

More spinners than ever are going electric—what’s your take? In my last post on fine-tuning your e-spinner, I shared ergonomic and setup ideas for gaining a more…

Roving Reporter: Fulling Woolen-Spun Yarn

I’ve been working away on the handspun Shetland hap I started a few weeks ago. Inspired by Debbie Held’s article in the Fall 2018 issue of Spin…

Odd Handspinning Terms: Carding & Combing Edition

We’re back with another batch of odd handspinning terms—some you’ll know and some that may surprise you! In her article “Wonderful Worsted” from Spin Off Summer 1983,…

Learning to Spin Flax

Have you tried spinning flax? I love opening a new strick and imagining all of the textile possibilities for the long, lustrous fibers. While I have visions…

Changes at the Textile Museum

A couple years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit I saw was absolutely…

Spinning Wheels Old and New

First of all, I apologize for bursting any romantic ideas about spinning wheels, but they are simply a means of twisting fiber into a usable thread. If…

I Am a Spinner: Terri Drouin-Guerette, Certified Public Accountant

In the Fall 2018 issue of Spin Off, we featured handspinning teacher and Certified Public Accountant Terri Drouin-Guerette in the “I Am a Spinner” department. Terri, a…

A Time-Tested Fiber Management Tool: The Modern Handheld Distaff

Imagine a tool that allows a drop spindle spinner to keep her arm in a comfortable, vertical position, with her hand mostly relaxed. Imagine that this tool…

Exploring Bast Fibers: Lemongrass

Many of us begin spinning to make yarn we can’t buy in the big-box stores. There is a curiosity in the fiber arts; regardless of age, skill…

Botanical Weaving and Woven Wildflowers

In the past few months, my focus has been very much botanical weaving. First I wove not one but two poppy-inspired scarves (the first of which you…

3 Spin Off Magazines That Changed My Handspun Yarn

I discovered Spin Off about the same time I became the proud owner of my first spinning wheel and started producing copious amounts of handspun yarn. Where…

Her Handspun Habit: 6 Tips for Making Better Yarn with Your Electric Spinner (Part I)

For some, it’s an attraction; for others, a curiosity; and for many like me, it’s a physical need that makes you bring an electric spinner home. Although…

Beginning Spinning: How Should You Get Started?

There are oh-so-many options for getting started spinning. Beginning spinning workshops might be multi-week courses where you begin on spindles before moving on to a wheel, a…

Española Fall Fiber Fiesta

For the past 6 years, the Española Valley Arts Center has put on the Fall Fiber Fiesta, a fiber show devoted to local fiber artists and artisans.…

Roving Reporter: Mending the Year: 3 Tips for Darning Well

I often hear people say that they spend the beginning of the new year doing what they hope to do the rest of the year, so I’ve…

Adventures in Natural Dyeing: Growing Woad

Cooler temperatures and cleaning up the end-of-season garden inspire us to plan for next year’s growing season. Do your plans include a dyer’s garden? Some plants used…

Building a Better Spinning Wheel

|Sponsored|When Schacht Spindle Company first started making the Matchless spinning wheel in 1987, it featured one treadle, as did most wheels at the time. “Suddenly, double treadles…