Denise Williams

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Godey’s-Inspired Sontag

A pattern originally published in Godey’s Lady’s Book in January 1860 inspired this cozy shawl from the Summer 2020 issue of Spin Off.

Merino Mania: A Nineteenth-Century Fiber Craze

Merino is one of the most familiar sheep breeds to spinners and nonspinners alike. Williams uncovers the quest for fine wool that rocketed this Spanish sheep’s rise in early American history.

Angora Myths and Facts

Certain fibers are known as notoriously tricky; angora is on that list. What first comes to mind when you think of angora? Smooth, slick, flyaway? Won’t stay together? Short? Are you afraid to try it because of what you’ve heard from others?