Comb, shed, or shear? The advantages of hand-combing the extraordinary goats of Kyrgyzstan is explored here.
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.
Wool combs may look scary, but once you try them, you’ll be hooked.
Season 5, Episode 8: On the high desert rangelands of the Imperial Stock Ranch, Jeanne Carver's family is showing what sustainability really means: with careful stewardship, what's good for sheep can be excellent for the earth.
Season 5, Episode 6: An icon of Indian textile tradition and independence, charkha spinning has mostly disappeared from contemporary life. Avani Varia works to preserve the skill, create a living for spinners, and spread the charkha joy.
Making a drop spindle is easier than you think and a good skill to have (even for spinners who own lots of spindles already).
In 1941, a letter and a charkha traveled between Henry Ford and Mahatma Gandhi in the midst of the chaos of Pearl Harbor.
Season 5, Episode 3: What do algae blooms and homemade biodiesel have to do with running a yarn company? For an independent natural dyer, there may be no greater creative challenge than the local environment.
Season 5, Episode 1: Navajo-Churro sheep have a centuries-old history and an even greater meaning to the Diné, but the commercial market set a low price for their wool. A group of shepherds have come together to find strength—and value—in solidarity.