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Five Secrets of Natural Dye

Mushrooms, leaves, insects, roots, and wood are just waiting to give you a rainbow of dyes if you know the magic recipes to coax them out.

What Is a Rolag, Anyway?

What do you call the little rolls of fiber that you pull off handcards, a blending board, or even a drumcarder? Not any word you'll find in a typical dictionary.

Hook Your Handspun: The Mixlace Wrap

From the moment I saw the Mixlace Poncho by Denise Lavoie as a new Spin Off staffer in 2016, I knew it would look fabulous in handspun yarn.

Five Good Reasons to Buy and Use Mini Wool Combs

Deciding to buy wool combs can be a big step. They’re not the first piece of equipment any spinner buys, but once you have a pair you’ll wonder how you got by without them.

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I Am a Spinner: Alexandria Ware

I manage data centers for planetary spacecraft. This means that I coordinate the design, development, and operation of the computer systems that process and distribute science data from missions to other planets.

Meridian Jacobs Farm Club

Cyber Fiber Farm Club gives those who live too far away to visit in person an opportunity to learn more about the sheep and day-to-day life on a small-scale farm.

Treadles, More or Less: Single Treadle or Double Treadle?

How many treadles does one spinning wheel need? Alden Amos said one; others say two. Spinners vote with their feet.

We Can't Weave Well Enough Alone

Linda Ligon wrote this poem and read it during the Schacht Spindle Company's 50th anniversary celebration in September 2019. We hope you love it as much as we do.

How to Pack for a Spinning Vacation: Three Approaches

Basic and beautiful, go big or go home, or high-tech bells and whistles? There's a place for all kinds of textile travelers... if there's a place in your luggage.

Spin Off Call for Submissions: Summer 2020

Write for the Long Thread issue!

The Spinning Tool You Couldn't Live Without

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one fiber tool, what would it be?

Spin Off, Handwoven & PieceWork Come Home

Since beginning her independent craft publishing project in 1975, Linda Ligon saw the weaving, spinning, and needlework magazines move to bigger and bigger offices. But there’s no place like home.

Fleecy Explorations

Pick a fiber and dive deep! Here’s a quick peek at all the projects I’ve been making this year with Border Leicester wool.

Spin Off Abbreviations

Common knitting and crochet abbreviations.

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