Spin Off Call for Submissions Spring 2021: Chroma, Deliberate and Inadvertent Color

Immerse yourself in the vivid shades of the season. Spin Off Spring 2021, our annual color issue, examines the choices handspinners make when dyeing and blending yarn and fiber.

Spin Off Editorial Staff May 13, 2020 - 3 min read

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Red Eri silk by Vijay Fibers, Bolton Hill (orange) Polwarth by Neighborhood Fiber Co., and Gill’s Rock (variegated) Falkland Island Merino by Interlacements. Photo by Matt Graves

Handspinners approach color from many angles. Each approach offers a distinctive path toward controlling the palette of the final yarn. From ethically harvested dyestuffs gathered in your local ecosystem to multiple shades of acid-dyed locks blended on a hackle, the journey from a dyepot to finished yarn includes many steps and choices.

Share your explorations and experiments to answer the age-old question: Is it better to dye the fiber, first, or the finished yarn? Reveal your special formula for extracting a full spectrum of hues from flora and fungi. What’s your method for managing intensity and harmony in multicolor project? Spin Off readers want to know more. And who hasn’t succumbed to the lure of a handpainted braid? Disclose your tactic for keeping the braid’s shades vivid so they don’t end up looking like mud.


In the Summer 2019 issue of Spin Off, Melissa Weaver Dunning shares a short history of tweed, explains that the seductive color combinations of tweed are “dyed in the wool,” and shows you how to get started spinning tweed yarn.

Help us illuminate the impact of chroma on handspun yarn in the Spring 2021 issue of Spin Off. Send us your article and project proposals and tell us what excites you about being a master of color!

Submissions due: June 8, 2020.

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.

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]


Ever wanted to experiment with fiber and spin gradient yarn? In “How Many Ways Can You Make a Gradient Yarn?” from Spin Off Spring 2017, Cindy Craft explores four possibilities: dyeing several colors, dyeing and carding, carding alone, and dyeing alone.

Submissions due: June 8, 2020.
We will notify you of our decision in July 2020.
Articles and projects due: September 21, 2020.

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