Fall 2021

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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Long Thread Media LLC
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editor’s letter

When spinners talk about accessories, we are usually thinking of wheels and spindles, handcards and combs. We love these tools so much that spinnerly chat and debate can overlook the other accessories that make our primary spinning accessories such a joy to use. Different types of lazy kates, e-spinner orifice tools, and niddy noddies can all inspire equally enthusiastic opinions. And you might not even know you have strong feelings about lazy kates until you try a different one! This year, our annual Fall tool issue is dedicated to those extra accessories that smooth our path. Heavenly Bresser inspires us to take another look at the nøstepinne, demonstrating three ways to wind a center-pull ball, each of which has its own impact on twist. Woodworker Helen Barbara Mawdsley shares a clever…

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Chalo Charkho Ramiye: A Contemporary Charkha Movement Avani Varia My first encounter with the charkha was when I learned about Gandhi and Indian independence. I was enthralled with the central role spinning and textiles took in a political and social movement. Now I am so excited to find a book that discusses both the historical importance of spinning on an Indian book charkha and a modern movement that is bringing the craft of spinning back to a more central role in India. Chalo Charkho Ramiye is a contemporary charkha movement dedicated to accomplishing this. [Read more about this movement and Avani Varia on page 10. —Editor] This book, with the same name as the movement, describes the historical and social importance of charkha spinning and provides an overview of how to use an…

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spinners’ treats

Ewe-Nited States of Fiber takes advantage of the hands-on nature of creating rolags to offer a riot of colors and fun fiber combinations. I Want Candy rolags combine Corriedale, Merino, bamboo, and pearl fiber. Pearl fiber is cellulose fiber infused with pearl powder, which adds absorbency, subtle sparkle, and natural UV protection. ewe-nitedstatesoffiber.com Take control of your yarn with Koigu’s Knitting Pig. Attach the “pig” to any bowl or box, and the easy-flow stainless steel yarn guide will keep your yarn headed in the right direction. The nylon clamping screw is gentle on delicate surfaces. Made from dark or light hardwood by craftsmen in Canada. shop.koigustudio.com Sincere Sheep was founded on principles from the slow-food movement, applying the idea of traditional and regionally sourced ingredients to textiles. The Terroir Fiber Series, Luna,…

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spinning arts, education, and economy in india

Handspinning has become like breathing to me these days. A regular practice keeps me balanced and grounded. It has helped me heal my wounds after my father’s death and reconcile with my life. The Chalo Charkho Ramiye program is about the revival of handspinning in India through a holistic approach. The Indian spinning wheel, or charkha, is generally associated with India’s independence movement and Mahatma Gandhi, but for me, it all started with a passion to revive an indigenous craft that is fast becoming almost extinct in my country. To my surprise, only after two years working with the program did I find out that my mother had learned charkha spinning in school. The occupational skills of farming, textile making, and carpentry formed the core of the Indian education system. We began…

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on becoming a handspinner during the pandemic

I have Lincoln longwool fleece scattered across my house. Loose locks are in a Tupperware bowl on the living room floor; my toddler steals the curly wool to use as make-believe spaghetti. Newly spun singles yarn dries on the back deck, fresh from the warm bath to set the twist. A drop spindle lies on the dining room table next to a cotton-candy-like pile of carded wool. Next to the television sits a vest I have just begun to knit up using longwool yarn already dried and ready to go. After over 20 years of knitting, I am officially a spinner. Spinning has been my pandemic project, and I am not alone. Fiber artists around the country and around the world have delved deeper into their craft during shutdowns and while…

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the 2021 spin off cowl-along

In December 2020, we invited handspinners to join us for a spinalong and make a handspun cowl using the craft of their choice. For three months during the winter of 2021, this cheerful group of makers dyed, blended, spun, knitted, wove, and crocheted while providing support for each other along the way. Many of the participants gave their cowls to friends and family, sending a warm hug when they were unable to give one in person. We admire their creativity and generosity. We asked the cowl-along members to share a photo and a few words about their handspun cowls. Here’s just a sampling of the many wonderful cowls our group members made. View all three galleries at spinoffmagazine.com. —Editor Dominique Voisin of Marcinelle, Belgium “The yellow cowl is the Östergyllen Cowl by the Swedish…