EXPLOREMY LIBRARY
Crafts
Spin-Off

Spin-Off

Fall 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Long Thread Media LLC
Frequency:
Quarterly
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1 min.
editor’s letter

When we think about new tools and the forward march of technological development, it’s easy to focus on ways the modern era brings us everything faster, better, cheaper. But spinners mix and match tools from different eras effortlessly. Imagine the common occurrence of spinning vibrantly dyed combed top (one of the fruits of the industrialized world in every way) on a handmade spindle (one of our most ancient technologies) and relishing each and every yard. To me, the most modern piece of this equation is choice. Most of us do not spin out of necessity; we have the choice to follow our creativity. I am a spinner who loves all the tools. I might wash and comb wool from my Border Leicesters by hand, or I could send it off to…

3 min.
majacraft

USA ARIZONA Grandma’s Spinning Wheel 6544 E. Tanque Verde #150 Tucson, AZ 85715 Ph 520 290-3738 spinningramma@aol.com www.grandmasspinningwheel.com CALIFORNIA The Village Spinning & Weaving 425-B Alisal Rd Solvang, CA 93463 Ph 888 686-1192 Toll Free villagespinweave@mac.com www.villagespinweave.com COLORADO Bountiful 211 Green Mountain Dr Livermore, CO 80536 Ph 970 482-7746 Toll-free 877 586-9332 info@bountifulspinweave.com www.bountifulspinweave.com Blazing Star Ranch 3424 S. Broadway Englewood, CO 80113 Ph 303 514-8780 blazingstarranch@gmail.com www.blazingstarranch.com CONNECTICUT The Wheel Thing 454 Wells Hill Rd Lakeville, CT 06039 Ph 860 435-2626 jlynn4540@gmail.com www.the-wheel-thing.com IDAHO The Sheep Shed 76 N. Robinson Rd Nampa ID 83687 sheepshed@q.com Ph 2084664365 ILLINOIS The Fold 3316 Millstream Rd Marengo, IL60152 Ph 815 568-0165 thefold@mc.net www.thefoldatmc.net INDIANA The Trading Post for Fiber Arts 8833 S. 5O W. Pendleton, IN 46064 Ph 765 778-3642 tradingpostfiber@aol.com www.tradingpostfiber.com KENTUCKY The Woolery 859 E Main St STE 1A Frankfort, KY 40601 Ph 502 352-9800 info@woolery.com www.thewoolery.com LOUISIANA Weavin’ Place 79434 Deluane Rd Folsom, LA 70437 Ph 985 796-8048 cheryl@weavinplace.com www.weavinplace.com MAINE Halcyon Yam 12 School St Bath, ME 04530 Ph 1-800-341-0282 purchasing@halcyonyarn.com www.halcyon.com MICHIGAN Heritage Spinning & Weaving 47 E. Flint St Lake Orion, Ml 48362 Ph 248 693-3690 joan@heritagespinning.com www.heritagespinning.com Yesterday’s Crafts 315 Basswood Ave Burtrum, MN 56318 Ph 320 573-5566 baaahacres@msn.com www.yesterdayscraft.com NEW MEXICO The WoolShed 150 Prairiewood Lane Stanley, NM 87056 Ph 5052046127 TheWoolShed.maplewindsfarm@gmail.com OHIO Three Sheep Gallery 164 Wolcott Dr Boardman, OH 44512 Ph 330…

2 min.
letters

I HAVE BEEN SPINNING AND WEAVING off and on for almost 45 years. I learned to spin on an antique great wheel—one made in Appalachia that I found at a yard sale in a little town south of Lafayette, Louisiana. At that time, my former wife was learning how to spin on an Ashford wheel, so, to be different, I picked up the great wheel. I also only spun Louisiana brown cotton. At that time, I was growing the cotton, too. If you ever spin this type of cotton, you will know it’s not an easy task. Over the years, I accumulated many balls of handspun brown cotton but never put it all together until a close friend, whom I also introduced to spinning and weaving, cornered me into doing something…

1 min.
creating a digital dye notebook

If you’re an avid dyer, or just know one, you’re familiar with the numerous notebooks hand-dyers keep for recording their recipes and notes. But as with most documents in the modern era, dye notebooks have gone paperless. Looking for tips to convert and organize your record-keeping? Alanna Wilcox’s simple, customizable Google spreadsheet–based system adapts to dyers’ needs. And if you’ve never worked in Google Sheets, fear not! The first lesson covers all the basics. In a clear voice, Alanna demonstrates capturing swatches from a dye vendor’s website, explains how to enter formulas and alter them to adjust your recipes, and offers tips for keeping track of your custom colorways. One big bonus: the spreadsheets are accessible from your smartphone and tablet. Rochester, New York: Alanna Wilcox, 2020. Online course, 59 minutes,…

1 min.
the long thread: knit, knot, stitch, weave, loop, twist

It’s impossible to fully separate a handspinner’s love of adding twist from the end-use of her efforts. Follow the thread of any textile-related art, and you’ll wind up unraveling a story about another craft, which will lead to yet another. It’s unavoidable; they’re interconnected. Long Thread Media cofounder Linda Ligon compiled this anthology featuring the stories of makers from multiple disciplines. Artist and papermaker Aimee Lee pursued her curiosity and studied the traditional Korean papermaking practice of hanji on a Fulbright Fellowship. Her work includes spinning her hand-pulled paper scraps into yarn to create knitted books. Michael Cook reveals the inner workings of how a silkworm extrudes its coveted filament. Each chapter weaves together the connection between materials, craft, and community. Fort Collins, Colorado: Long Thread Media LLC, 2020. Paperback, 85…

1 min.
natural palettes: inspiration from plant-based color

The 500 naturally dyed silk swatches in this guide inspire readers with the rainbow of hues available from the plant kingdom. Inside, artist and dyer Sasha Duerr presents an array of 25 palettes extracted from nature and demonstrates how the shades can be transformed by using three common mordants. Duerr points out that just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe for humans or the environment. She cautions dyers to think about exploring safer dyeing methods, such as cold processes, and to avoid heavy-metal mordants, which are often toxic. She also emphasizes the importance of learning about your dyestuffs. The book lists both the common and botanical names for each plant discussed and includes a description of the plants, revealing the story that each one has to tell. Hudson, New…