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Cross-Lacing: Learn to Control Your Wheel’s Uptake

Cross-lacing can make your bobbin resemble a jewelry-heist scene in a movie, but trust me, it works! I promise, it’s as easy as lacing your sneakers.

Announcing the Long Thread Cares $50,000 Grant Program

We’re offering $50,000 in free digital advertising to small businesses that have been damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to learn how to apply.

Spin Off 2020 Mitt-Along: Show Us Your Finished Mitts!

Close to 300 handspinners participated in this year’s Spin Off mitt-along. Here’s Debbie Held with the highlights.

Video Tip: Adding Silk on a Drumcarder

Long, shiny silk is a wonderful addition to a blended batt, but it can be terribly difficult to remove from the drum. Emily Wohlscheid shows you how.


Video Workshop: Drumcarding Basics & Beyond

Learn to use a drumcarder for fiber preparation, color blending, texture, and more.

Video Workshop: Beginning Spinning on a Wheel

Get ready to start Beginning Spinning on a Wheel with Kate Larson. Basic plying techniques, how to draft your fibers, and much more!

Video Workshop: Getting Started on a Drop Spindle

In this course, discover the joy of spinning yarn with expert instructor Maggie Casey.


And So It Begins

I kept thinking of all the unique, still-functional wheels out there that sit unused and unloved or, worse, are destined for the dump. I had to save one.

How I Got My Spinning Groove Back

The #spinoffmittalong was the opportunity I needed to reconnect my hands with making yarn.

How I Turn Children into Spinning Wheels

When we demonstrate handspinning, it’s not always feasible to let children try our wheels or spindles. So, how do we teach children about spinning?

Spinning Spirit

The dog hair doesn’t have the same sort of gripping scales on the shaft as wool, and it is slicker than cotton, so it was like learning to spin all over again!

Social Distancing for the Modern Spinner

Suddenly spinning solo? Make the most of your online community.

Subscriber Exclusive

Marigold Mitts

Grab a hook and some handspun and make these delightful mitts. Plus, get great tips to fine-tune your crochet gauge.

I Am a Spinner: Erin Dillard, Pet Stylist

I get to play with all kinds of animals while also building close relationships with them and their families.

How-To Paper Chase: Spinning Paper Yarns

How could I not have spun paper? It seems only natural to combine two of my grand passions to make beautiful and intriguing cloth.

I Am a Spinner: Terry Mattison, Process Control Engineer

Terry Mattison's job is very fast-paced and highly technical. At the end of the day, her brain is tired, and spinning helps her relax and clear her head.

6 Handspinning Hacks: Turn Common Household Items into Economical Spinning Tools

Here’s a list of my favorite, thrifty “spinning tools” that I absolutely cannot do without!