If there’s any better form of self-care than spinning exotic fibers, I have yet to discover it. My version of Fantasy Island holds a lot of spinning wheels.
I wanted a handspun sweater with dripping cables and subtle color transitions—that meant handpainting yarn with food coloring. Although this type of dyeing required a lot of time, it produced spectacular results.
Today I present A Tale of Two Sheepies: the story of my first adventures with raw wool.
Although I’d spun bamboo before, it had been in small quantities. For this project, I spun about a pound of bamboo from the fold, making this slippery fiber much easier to manage.
In the summer of 1996, I opened the door and welcomed temptation in. That was the first step toward building my giant yarn stash.
Learn crucial dyeing lessons in this expert article that discusses best practices and how to avoid mistakes when dyeing fiber for spinning!
Years ago at a stressful period in my life, I thought a new spinning hobby could help me relax and create pretty things with wool.
Spinning wheels make yarn, but that’s not all they do.