We’re making a list and checking it twice. But we’re less concerned with who’s been naughty or nice. (No judgment here!) Struggling with what to give the handspinner on your list? Fear not! Whether they’re new to making yarn or a seasoned spinner, we’ve got you covered with our top five gifts for spinners. 1. […]

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Making Your Weaving Unique With Handspun Yarns

One day I spent the afternoon wandering from one fabric store to another, ending up in an upholstery store. I explained to the sales woman that I was looking for some thick, grey, cotton, plain-weave fabric to use as a backing for one of my handwoven pieces. As the words “plain weave” came out of […]

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Candy for Spinners: Carding Wool Punis

You may have first heard of punis as carded rolls of cotton fiber commonly spun on tahkli supported spindles. Beginning a few years ago, punis grew in popularity, and spinners blended wool, silk, sparkle, and more in gorgeous woolen preparations. In her Spin Off Spring 2016 article “Pretty Little Punis,” Stephanie Stratton showed 4 methods […]

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Mindfulness Through Yarn: The Zen of Handspinning

Sitting down at a spinning wheel can be a powerful mindfulness practice. To take a break from the frantic pace of modern life, pause and enjoy some meditative handspinning. Kate Larson shares her recipe for mindful spinning, but even without setting a formal intention, making yarn refreshes the mind. Crocheters have discovered the joy of […]

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Say What? Secret Handspinning Terms Decoded

Do you remember learning to spin? Listening to spinners speak to each other felt like trying to understand a foreign language. What direction do you turn your wheel to get “S” or “Z” twist? Aren’t all yarns spun with wool “woolen”? It’s like a secret code recognized only by handspinners. Here’s a list of my […]

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Break Free from Your Hand Spinning Rut!

Esther Rodgers comes to town in a colorful whirlwind. With samples of colorful combed top, dyed locks, and textured yarns, she loves to teach spinners and weavers to push their boundaries and use fiber as a creative expression. She came to the Interweave office recently to prepare for two new online courses, one in weaving […]

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