Happy National Mushroom Month! According to the Mushroom Council, people harvest mushrooms on every continent. But fungi offer more than just a nonfat food full of potassium and B vitamins—you can dye with mushrooms, too! Add different mordants to the mix, and you’ve got a rainbow of earthy hues. You may need to look farther […]
This summer, I’ve spent more time working with and reading about cotton and flax than I typically do in my spinning life. Over the weekend, as I finished hackling a new strick of flax and started processing a lovely bag of ginned green cotton, I decided to see what Norman Kennedy had to say about […]
For one week in October, the world stands still and spinners race to make as much yarn as possible. We asked Monica Bittner, Spinzilla’s 2016 winner (who spun 50,378 yards for Team Louet North America), for her suggestions. To what do you attribute your success at Spinzilla? I view Spinzilla as the Olympics of spinning, […]
Imagine yourself winning a prize. Would you rather win something practical that you’ll use every day, or would you prefer something unusual that you’ve never seen before? How about both? In honor of Spin Off Magazine’s 40th anniversary, five of our partners came together to give you presents. The prize packs include a wonderful assortment […]
Andrea Mielke Schroer is an uncommon spinner: she loves hand carders and the process of carding wool. She’s taught us hand carding techniques in her article “Breaking In Handcards” and the video How to Card Wool, but today she answers the big question: Why? Are you a process person? Not everyone is—I am a process […]
Spinning with intention doesn’t necessarily mean having a specific pattern in mind. Instead, I consider the best end use of the fiber when I decide how to spin yarn. Factoring in color management or color effects can take me still closer. Such was the case with my Cliffs on Cladonia shawl, my handspun take on […]
A team of scientists discovered 34,000-year-old flax fibers in a cave in the Republic of Georgia, which means flax is the oldest fiber to have been used by humans. View more fiber facts!
A few weeks ago I offered advice to use precious spinning fiber instead of squirreling it away. But what if you have less than an ounce? I took a lesson from Sarah Anderson on the set of her video Spinning Exotic Fiber Blends. She showed me how to card wool with such delights as cashmere, […]
It’s time to head back to school! Should you be teaching the class or partying in the freshman dorm? Test your fiber knowledge with this 10-question true or false quiz. Learn more about the fibers you love to spin with Spin Off!
Each issue of Spin Off is meaningful, but celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year feels extra special. Standing the test of time means recognizing what has always made Spin Off special and yet daring to change it over and over. If 40 years of spinning wisdom has taught us anything, it’s to keep that balance […]