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Spring 2020

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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United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Long Thread Media LLC
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1 min.
editor’s letter

From the beginning, I was a wool-obsessed spinner. I learned to spin and enjoy cotton, linen, and ramie, but they didn’t fascinate me like wool. As a child, I had a habit of naming special sheep in my family’s flock after vegetables, so Broccoli and Cauliflower were as close to botanical-fiber love as I came for quite some time. And then about six years ago, I purchased a book charkha. My whole spinning life changed. I learned to think, move, and react in new ways as thousands of yards of cotton singles passed from my hand to this tiny, exquisite tool. I began to recognize the life in plant fibers that I connected with so deeply in animal fibers. My charkha is made from recycled bits of metal and repurposed wooden crates,…

1 min.
spin off

EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Anne Merrow EDITOR Kate Larson MANAGING EDITOR Laura Rintala ASSOCIATE EDITOR Elizabeth Prose TECHNICAL EDITORS Karen Frisa, Deanna Deeds COPY EDITOR Katie Bright PROOFREADER Nancy Arndt EDITORS EMERITAE Anne Bliss, Anne Merrow, Amy Clarke Moore, Deborah Robson EDITORIAL ADVISORS Halcyon Blake, Maggie Casey, Sophia Gfroerer, Elisabeth Hill, Sara Lamb, Amy Norris, Sarah Wroot CREATIVE SERVICES ART DIRECTOR Charlene Tiedemann PRODUCTION DESIGNER Mark Dobroth PHOTOGRAPHER Matt Graves VISUAL STYLIST & ILLUSTRATOR Ann Sabin Swanson FOUNDERS Linda Ligon, Anne Merrow, John P. Bolton MEDIA SALES Sommer Street Associates DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Haydn Strauss PUBLISHER John P. Bolton…

2 min.
reviews

Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy By Rebecca Burgess, with Courtney White Spinners don’t need much convincing to work with their local wool, but weaver and natural dyer Rebecca Burgess’s new book will have you looking for additional ways to engage with your area’s fiber producers. Burgess urges us to reconnect with the literal clothes on our backs. Part manifesto and part guidebook, the author calls on makers to understand the impact of commercial clothing on our environment and actively help revitalize local textile resources. Within the book’s pages handspinners will find some familiar names, such as Sally Fox, but thumb to the back, and you’ll find useful resources to help you make better purchases and get involved with your own community’s grassroots…

1 min.
fresh finds

Take measure of your handspun and more with Katrinkles Mix and Match Mini Tools. With 21 different options to choose from, select the tools needed for your work in progress and stash them in your bag for on-the-go crafting. $8 each; set of six $40. Katrinkles, www.katrinkles.com Declare your passion for puns and fiber by sporting one (or more) of beckarahn’s Pin-Back Buttons. Becka Rahn has collected some of her favorite fun sayings and hand pressed them into buttons in honor of makers and fiber geeks everywhere. Set of four mini pins, $4; one jumbo pin, $2.50. beckarahn, www.beckarahn.etsy.com Clamp a Clemes & Clemes Lock Pop to your worktable, and the first thing you’ll notice is how sturdy and secure it feels. Designed to efficiently open locks for spinning or drumcarding, the length and…

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perfect pair

Open a package of Wound Up Fiber Arts Scrappy Sock Bundles and joyful little bumps of color spill forth. The 100% superwash Merino “scraps” spin up into a unique yarn for an unmatched pair of socks. Half the fun is in choosing which itty-bitty bump to spin next! $20/4 oz. Wound Up Fiber Arts, www.woundupfiberarts.bigcartel.com Three Waters Farm gradient-dyed 85% Superwash Merino/15% Nylon top blooms with seasonal color. And it’s a classic sock-fiber blend for a reason! Merino fiber is known for its next-to-skin softness and memory, and the nylon adds a dash of strength. Shown in Black Pansies. $26.95/4 oz. Three Waters Farm, www.threewatersfarm.com When you’re hankering to make a pair of knee-highs, why buy two braids when one will do? Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Foot! Roving 85% superwash Merino/15% nylon offers…

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meet a shepherd: carol wagner

The largest flock of registered Coopworth sheep in North America live on a farm just south of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Coopworth were developed in New Zealand during the mid-twentieth century and were based on a cross between Romney ewes and Border Leicester rams. We recently asked Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill owner Carol Wagner to tell us a bit about how she and her husband, Paul, came to run their mill and why they chose to raise Coopworth. As the Wagners state on their website, “The Coopworth is more than a breed; it is a philosophy.” How did you become a spinner? I am a former high-school European history and German language teacher. From a historical perspective, I have been fascinated with the occupations and daily lives of people in different…