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Spring 2019

You’ll discover helpful techniques that are designed to help everyone, from the beginning spinner to the most advanced. Learn how to dye your own fibers, plying basics, fiber preparation and combining colored fibers to make novelty yarns. Plus great patterns to show off your handspun yarns.

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editor’s letter

Like most shepherds, I spend much of spring’s lengthening days among my flock carefully watching the pregnant ewes for signs of labor. Each time I walk into the barn during these long days and late nights, the sounds, smells, and excitement of lambing season fill me with a sense of renewal. What will the new year bring?The shepherds and farmers that produce our spinning fibers have an intimate relationship with their animals and plants. Wool or alpaca, cotton or flax, the fibers that fill our stashes are the result of generations of work. When you sit down with cotton puni and tahkli or wool and wheel, you become a part of this cycle of seasons, labor, and care.In the Cool Spinning issue of Spin Off, we’ve gathered stories about smallscale…

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Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & MoreBy Katrina RodabaughFiber artist and slow-fashion advocate Katrina Rodabaugh encourages those new to the craft of mending to use materials they have on hand. As handspinners, we can use our own fine, high-twist handspun to add a more personal element to any patch or repair. With a few basic tools, scraps of fabric, and simple stitches, Katrina shows not only how to extend the life of your wardrobe, but how to capture this on-trend look. Find inspiration in Japanese-style sashiko stitches; play with color, line, and scale; and tame the rips, frays, and tears that would otherwise condemn a beloved article of clothing to the rubbish pile.New York: Abrams, 2018. Hardcover, 224 pages, $24.99. ISBN: 978-1-4197-2947-0. www.abramsbooks.com.Spider Woman’s Children: Navajo…

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get this

STASH ENHANCEMENTExperimenting with color helps a dyer keep things fresh and leads to new and exciting combinations. The Wild Iris colorways from Miss Babs are one of a kind and non-repeatable. The colorway Serious Talk is shown here in 50% Merino/25% bamboo/25% tussah silk. The three fibers in this blend take the dye differently, which creates a braid with dimension and depth. $22/4 oz.Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers, PO Box 78, Mountain City, TN 37683. (423) 727-0670; info@missbabs.com; www.missbabs.com.Each bag of Frabjous Fibers’ Lamb’s Tail Down the Rabbit Hole Gradients contains five separate combed tops, one ounce of each hue. Break them up for shorter bursts of color or spin them into one long color progression. Bluefaced Leicester Top shown in Seaglass and Lucky Baahboo Top (60% superwash Merino/30%…

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spinzilla yarns

One of the spinning world’s ultimate endurance tests is Spinzilla, where spinners challenge themselves to spin as many yards (or meters) as they can in seven days. Some participants set impressive personal goals and then stretch to achieve them, whereas others use the event to challenge themselves to simply spend more time spinning. The most recent Spinzilla competition took place October 1–7, 2018, and participants spun 2,605,156 yards during the event. Of course, we want to see the yarn!Next ChallengeYOUR INSTAGRAM YARNSThe images of beautiful handspun yarn filling our Instagram feeds grab our attention, keep us scrolling, and have us hitting the “love” button over and over. These oh-so-sexy yarn pics inspire and tempt us with color and texture. Send us your best shot! The deadline to submit is Friday,…

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challenge accepted!

The Gulf Coast breed has adapted to the warm climate of the southeastern United States. (Photo courtesy of The Livestock Conservancy)According to The Livestock Conservancy, the sheep population in the United States peaked at 56 million in the 1940s and has been declining ever since to around 5 million today. Modern industrial agriculture favors certain breeds for meat and wool production, and the United States imports the majority of its sheep products from countries such as Australia, China, and New Zealand. The resulting focus on some breeds has led to a loss of genetic diversity and left many other breeds on the verge of extinction. In an effort to save rare and endangered sheep, The Livestock Conservancy started Shave ’Em to Save ’Em. We asked Program Research Associate Deborah Niemann-Boehle…

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shepherd to spinner

Colin Siegmund shears one of his Border Leicesters. (Photos by Ashley Martineau)Like many shepherds, Colin Siegmund of Siegmund Farm in Connecticut wakes up before dawn, does chores, and manages his flock of Border Leicesters. In addition to this daily work, he shears sheep around New England. Colin works long hours, leaving little room in his schedule for marketing his sheep’s fiber to handspinners in search of fleeces. It takes a lot of time to maintain an online shop or run a booth at a local fiber festival—time that could be spent tending his animals.Author and spinning teacher Ashley Martineau prefers buying fiber from local shepherds such as Colin. She enjoys getting to know the producers, listening to their stories, and meeting the sheep. One of the first fleeces she bought…