Devin Helmen


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.

Talking Handspinning Tools

Spinners know that having the right tool for the job is a must. Can you ever have too many wheels? No way! One handspinner shares their thoughts on their growing collection.

Stash Dividends: The Creative Payoff of Collecting Fiber

I often hear people talking, half proudly and half guiltily, about their stashes of spinning fiber, but I celebrate my stash. To borrow a phrase from a global phenomenon, my stash sparks joy!