Creative handspinner Esther Rodgers is often asked how to use highly textured art yarns to showcase their best qualities. One of her favorite ways is weaving. Esther shares her tips for using art yarns as a warp. (Don’t think you can? Think again!)
Season 7, Episode 9: Foraging for plants in the woods near home, a novice textile artist took on a major project: to transform stinging nettles to a handmade dress.
As we celebrate the 40th year of the Spin Off Autumn Retreat, a longtime attendee reminisces on what the early days of SOAR were like.
Founded in 1948, Carmel Crafts Guild is one of the oldest fiber-arts guilds in the United States. The guild's goals have remained the same through the years: to share their love of fiber with the public and—most important of all—to have fun creating!
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Meet Galina and watch as she spins exquisitely fine yarn for her Orenburg lace shawls. Then, knit your own with two bonus patterns.
Learn how to use a flicker to transform what may be a less-than-perfect fleece into fiber that’s perfect for spinning with this roundup of resources.
An extensive traveler, weaver and teacher Laverne Waddington is also a researcher and student of backstrap weaving. Learn how she got started, and about the important connection between handspun and her weaving.
Long before she was a knitwear design luminary, Kristin Nicholas showed off her spinning skills in a holiday window display.
For her master’s degree in textiles and clothing, Kristin wrote a thesis that was near and dear to her heart.
Ever wonder how we get some of the amazing shots you see in the pages of Spin Off?
Whether you’re measuring handspun or millspun, learn about some of the most common classifications for measuring knitting yarn.