Spin Off Call for Submissions Fall 2022: Reinventing the Wheel

Next fall, we will be celebrating spinning wheels new and old, big and small, folding castles and super slanties. Share your article and project proposals with Spin Off!

Spin Off Editorial Staff Oct 22, 2021 - 3 min read

Spin Off Call for Submissions Fall 2022: Reinventing the Wheel Primary Image

Control the uptake on your wheel with cross-lacing. Photos by Emonieiesha Hopkins

For many of us, spinning wheels are at the heart of our practice. We might own one beloved wheel or collect them by the dozens, but we develop lasting relationships with our trusty tools. While the basic mechanics of most spinning wheels is the same, each style and tensioning system has its own feel. Makers are constantly reinventing the wheel—and we are here for it!


"Cotton production. Slicing threads." A man using a spinning wheel to ply threads; Central Asia; circa 1865-1872. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Do you have advice for adjusting the tension on a reluctant double-drive wheel? Or maybe you want to share the finer points of cross-lacing a flyer. Do you have a wheel with a fascinating history? Whether you have tips for great wheels, a quick-guide for antique wheel shopping, or strong opinions on lubricants, we’d love to hear from you.

Woman at great wheel

United States Resettlement Administration, Rothstein, Arthur, photographer. Untitled photo, possibly related to: Rehabilitation client at spinning wheel, Ozark Mountains, Arkansas. United States, Arkansas, 1935. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Share your article and project proposals with Spin Off as we celebrate our beloved tools this fall!

Submissions due: November 15, 2021

We are looking for:

  • Feature articles—stories, profiles, history.
  • Handspun projects—instructions using knitting, weaving, crochet, or other techniques with handspun yarn.
  • How-to articles—tell us how it is done.

Use our convenient online submissions form to send us your article and project proposals and attach photos and sketches, too. Have an idea that doesn’t fit our theme? Send that to us, too! We may be able to use it in an upcoming issue.

Also, we are always looking for content for our website. If you have an idea for a short piece, about 300 to 500 words, please submit your proposal to us.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Online Submissions Form Spin Off Fall 2022

Contributor’s Guidelines 

Photo Guidelines

Spinning wheel treadles

So many to choose from! Photo by Donald Scott

Submissions due: November 15, 2021.

We will notify you of our decision in December 2021.

Articles and projects due: February 28, 2022.

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