Why to Spin Merino and Flax Together

When you were a kid, did you let different foods touch on your plate or did you try to keep them separate? When we talk about spinning natural fibers, we generally handle them separately. Yet spinning fiber blends expands a spinner’s horizons exponentially, even when they seem like an odd couple. Like peanut butter and […]

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Silk is mesmerizing, luscious, shining, beautiful. For weavers, silk yarn comes in a wide variety of forms, and the resulting woven textiles can range from a tissue-fine fabric you can read through to tough, heavy fabrics suitable for wall hangings, rugs, and coats. A protein fiber whose amino acid composition is close to that of […]

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I love this time of year—I love crisp air, frosty window panes, and steaming cups of tea. I love rolling out dough and cutting out cookies with my girls. I love taking a bit of time to relax, make things, and be thankful. And I’m thankful for you. That’s why we made A Guide to […]

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Indulge: Silk Cowl and Beret to Knit

In the November/December 2016 issue of PieceWork, contributor Julie Turjoman tells us about ethically produced silk in her article “Peace Silk from India.” Silk has long been valued for is softness, strength, and luster. But did you know about India’s tradition of silk being produced in a way that allows the silkworm pupae to complete […]

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Sharing Treasures & Stories

One of the hallmarks of PieceWork is providing a forum for our readers to share their textile treasures and stories with others. The November/December issue provides a perfect example. Here’s an excerpt: My Grandmother’s Silk Wedding Saree One rarely thinks of cataloging one’s personal textile collection. The history of what is handed down over generations […]

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