Devin Helmen


Warm Browns from Black Walnuts

An easy, mordant-free way to begin natural dyeing.

Shining Colors: Natural dyes on silk hankies and caps

A look at creating a rainbow of silk using natural dyes

Chalo Charkho Ramiye: A Contemporary Charkha Movement

Read about Avani Varia's book on the historical importance—and modern movement—of spinning on an Indian box charkha.

A Handspun Household

One of my favorite things about being a spinner is wearing or using items I have made from handspun yarn. I love knowing that something I or a friend has spun is being truly appreciated.

Tools of the Trade: What do I need to start spinning?

What is necessary, and what is just a nice to have?

Berta’s Flax Brings Spinners Together

With a share of precious vintage flax, Devin has a kinship with spinners worldwide—and the chance to spin some extraordinary fiber.

Natural Dyeing Safely at Home

Devin shares safety tips for dyeing at home.

Plying Balls: How I Ply on Spindles

Learn why plying balls and spindles make a perfect match for on-the-go plying.

Get to Know Your Spinning Fiber: Sampling

Sampling a new-to-you spinning fiber provides valuable information about what your finished handspun yarn will look like. Devin shares why this extra step is worth the effort.

Bast Basics: Get to Know Flax and Hemp Fibers

Curious about spinning bast fibers, such as flax and hemp, but don’t know where to begin? Devin offers tips for getting started.