Anne Merrow

What No One Told Me about Bobbin Winders

Great spinners advised me to use a bobbin to rewind my bobbins before plying. There were a few things they forgot to mention.

Long Thread Podcast: Lydia Christiansen, Abundant Earth Fiber

Season 4, Episode 10: A wool mill forms the link between sheep and fiber artists, transforming raw fiber into handcraft-ready yarn and roving. Working in small batches, processing fleece from small farms, a mill can still have a big impact.

Abundant Earth Fiber: Sustaining Small-Batch Wool

Between fiber artists craving an authentic grassroots connection and the small farms who produce heirloom-quality fiber, a small-batch mill provides the link that keeps local wool vital.

Long Thread Podcast: Stephenie Gaustad

Season 4, Episode 8: From her first treadle sewing machine to her houseful of beautiful, useful fiber equipment, Stephenie Gaustad has turned her dreams of textiles into the fabric of life.

Long Thread Podcast: Kate Larson

Season 4, Episode 7: Lamb snuggles, Dorset buttons, Indiana soil, plain sewing, and spinning cotton on a charkha—these are the joys of editor Kate Larson.

A Surprising Source for Renewable Fiber Tools

Want to make your spinning greener? See Linda Ligon’s tips for spindles, shuttles, and other tools that are good for the environment (and could, technically, make yarn).

How to Spin Wool from an Icelandic Sheep

Icelandics (like Shetland sheep) are a very old breed that developed in harsh weather. Here are some simple steps for spinning wool from Icelandic Sheep!

Long Thread Podcast: Melvenea Hodges

Season 4, Episode 4: In the whirlwind of modern life, Melvenea Hodges says, celebrate your personal power by protecting your time to create.

Want to Spin Self-Striping Sock Yarn?

With some planning, yarn dyers—and spinners—can create beautiful sock yarns with distinct stripe patterns.

Which Side Is Your Spinning Wheel Flyer On?

Right-handed vs. left-handed. Should that influence whether your flyer should be on the right or left?