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Nålbinding: A Short History of an Ancient Craft

Nålbinding is one of the oldest textile arts. It’s so old, in fact, that the specifics of its origins are unknown.

Spin Off Fall 2020 Call for Submissions: Ancient Craft, New Tools 

Spin Off Fall 2020, our annual tool issue, investigates the abundance of spinning tools available in our community, old and new.

National Cat Day: How to Spin Cat Hair

Most spinners who love cats find that the question is how not to spin cat hair. If you have a cat or dog, keeping drifts of pet fur from overtaking your house is probably a daily challenge.

At the Sheep Show: Rhinebeck Roundup

Buzzing with shoppers and wool lovers, this year's New York Sheep and Wool festival was filled with delights and a few surprises. Here's what I saw at the sheep show.

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Lost and Found: Shrek, Chris, and Paper Sheep

Chris, one of the famous Merino "lost sheep" whose fleece weighed more than 41 kg when he was found after 5 years without shearing, died October 22, 2019. What's behind escapees like Chris and New Zealand's Shrek?

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.

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.

The Great Aspinneration

Learn to spin with this great starter pack of resources!

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.

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