I’ve just resurfaced from Eugene Textile Center’s Fiber in the Forest retreat. This annual retreat welcomes fiber artists to delve deeper into their craft for three full days. A multi-day fiber retreat is a pleasure, providing more time to connect with new fiber friends, go for a walk, and perhaps return with pockets full of […]

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Charkha spinning has become my favorite act of mindfulness. I shared a bit about my newfound charkha obsession and how it got me spinning outdoors more often. Spinning at the wheel has always been invigorating, freeing my creativity and bringing some of my best ideas to the surface. Charkha spinning is like a deep breath, […]

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Our Roving Reporter, Kate Larson, is out roving this week. While she’s gathering more news of the spinning world, we thought you might enjoy catching up on a recent spinning technique series. It’s no secret that handspinners love to savor every last morsel of fiber. Here’s Kate’s solution for what to do with the leftover […]

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Carded wool cloud is famously forgiving to spin—woolen, worsted, and any drafting technique in between are all options to try. Last week, I shared some of the ways I enjoy preparing carded cloud for spinning. Now, let’s see what happens when we put those techniques into practice. Here are three yarn recipes: Textured 2-Ply Best […]

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Roving Reporter: Carded Clouds Fiber Prep

Carded cloud—with colors swirling and fading into one another—is not a fiber prep I often see in my fiber travels. Well-prepared cloud, with clean fibers open and ready to welcome twist, can be hard to come by. While teaching in South Dakota last year, I purchased some fabulous cloud from Kelly Knispel of Dakota Carding; […]

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“Energized yarns” is the term fiber artist Kathryn Alexander uses for finely tuned, active-twist yarns. In her video Spinning Energized Yarns, Kathryn explains that these yarns are not overtwisted, as some might say, but charged with the right amount of twist to achieve a tilted stitch in a knitted fabric. Amy Tyler’s new article on […]

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