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Waste Not! No Fiber Left Behind

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.

How Spinning from the Fold Unkinked My Wrists

When my old spinning habits gave me sore hands, I turned to a less-common technique and relaxed my grip.

The Weighty Matter of Turkish Spindles

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.

Talking Handspinning Tools

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.


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.


Winding Well: 5 Tips for Building Your Spindle's Cop

Andrea's helpful suggestions for winding-on a cop are based on her years of research and experience.

Worsted, Woolen, or Semi-something by Rudy Amann

The difference between worsted and woolen yarns comes from how the fibers are prepared for spinning, the drafting technique that is used, and how twist is allowed to enter the fibers.

Spindle Hook Alignment

Does your spindle seem out of balance? It might be your hook. Follow these simple steps for wobble-free spinning.

How to Deconstruct a Hand-Dyed Braid to Add Depth

Take control of your fiber’s colors. Deconstructing braids gives handspinners the option to make certain colors more dominant, change the order of the hues, make new shades, or even tone down certain colors.

Spinning Tips: Troubleshooting

No matter how long you've been a spinner, there comes a time when your wheel won't do what you want it to do. Here's a handy checklist of solutions for the most common spinning wheel problems.

Matching Commercial Yarn

Rudy Amann shares his tips for spinning a yarn to match the commercial yarn used in a project.

Boro for Handspinners: How to Make the Most of Precious Handspun Yarn

How one handspinner takes inspiration from a Japanese textile tradition and uses every precious bit of leftover yarn from her knitting projects to craft beautiful woven projects.

The Tour de Fleece Carries On!

The wheels of professional cyclists may not be making their way around France this year, but the wheels (and spindles) of the Tour de Fleece press on.

A Wine-Cork Orifice Hook

I like to recycle or upcycle found items, including wine corks perhaps left from a special occasion with friends or family.

Her Handspun Habit: A Spinster Gets a Cat

A dyed-in-the-wool dog lover bonds with a cat.