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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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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Blended Breeds: How New Sheep Breeds Are Born

If you love wool, you’ve probably read about sheep breeds that were developed by crossing other purebred sheep. These are sometimes called composite breeds, and a classic example is the Corriedale with its Lincoln and Merino ancestors. Now that the Corriedale breed has been with us for about a century, how is it different from […]

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In the midst of an exciting teaching trip to New Mexico this fall, I stopped in to visit The Natural Twist. This tidy, cheerful mill in Albuquerque is where Ruth Baldwin and friends work their fiber magic on piles and piles of wool, transforming fleece into custom wool roving, yarn, and other products. Ruth, who […]

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Many spinners collect fleeces faster than they can wash, process, and spin them. Packing these raw lovelies into a box and mailing them to a woolen mill is often a welcome answer. The mills can take our raw fibers and expertly wash, prepare, and return them ready for spinning. You might also be a spinner […]

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