Ellen Hansen's research and teaching interests are in cultural geography, specifically in gender and women’s lives in different cultures and various places, and she is a firm believer that everyone should make time for fiber every day.
We dedicate the Summer 2021 issue of Spin Off to one of the fundamental components of yarn: twist. Help us explore angle, balance, direction, and more!
The incised chevron columns at Durham Cathedral inspired Kate to design a textile that translated stone into fiber.
Charllotte Kwon's company, Maiwa, partners with Indian artisans to expand the reach of traditional textiles. Along the way, the company has developed in-person learning, shopping, web resources, a fair-trade partnership, and more.
If Vanessa could go back and give herself one piece of spinning advice, it would be this: Keeping good records is not a waste of time because you won’t remember everything about every skein of yarn that you’ve spun.
A spinner finds a way to indulge in his favorite craft with the help of a few unusual tools.
Imagine looking at your clearly labeled fiber storage, knowing you’ll find just what you’re looking for. With these tips and a few supplies, you can make that a reality!
Spinners accumulate a lot of fiber—not stash, but bits of surplus fiber from processing. Here are Heavenly’s tool-free tips for turning your leftovers into textured yarn.
When my old spinning habits gave me sore hands, I turned to a less-common technique and relaxed my grip.
An experienced spinner can make almost any spindle do the job, but for a new spinner, picking the wrong spindle can lead to discouragement. From top-whorl to Turkish, size matters.
Spinners know that having the right tool for the job is a must. Can you ever have too many wheels? No way! One handspinner shares their thoughts on their growing collection.