Anne Merrow

Long Thread Podcast: Allan Brown, The Nettle Dress

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.

What do you do when you see red?

You may be surprised by the unlikely hues that result from these sources of natural dye.

The Shop Window Spinner

Long before she was a knitwear design luminary, Kristin Nicholas showed off her spinning skills in a holiday window display.

Shepherd, Artist, Knitter: Kristin Nicholas on Small-Scale Sheep Farming

For her master’s degree in textiles and clothing, Kristin wrote a thesis that was near and dear to her heart.

Can You Spin Yarn with This?

After learning to spin, cotton balls in medicine bottles, dust bunnies behind the couch, and even your husband’s beard may all look like potential yarn.

Long Thread Podcast: Susan Druding (classic)

Season 7, Episode 6: What do you get when you give a Free-Speech Movement activist a spinning wheel? A lifelong teacher, a Bay Area institution, and a spark for fiber arts exploration.

5 Tips to Keep Spinning Cool This Summer

Find ways to adapt your craft as the summer heats up.

5 Reasons to Start Making Handmade Gifts in July

We’ve all heard of Christmas in July, but it really is the the perfect time to start planning and working on those handmade gifts.

Ancient Sheep for Modern Spinners

What are primitive breeds? And why are they good for the modern spinner?

How SOAR Changed My Life (and other good advice)

Is it understanding new-to-me fibers, or learning a new spindle trick, or sitting around telling stories with kindred spirits? Here are a half-dozen ways.