Spin Off Fall 2020 Call for Submissions: Ancient Craft, New Tools  | Spin Off

Spin Off Fall 2020 Call for Submissions: Ancient Craft, New Tools 

Spin Off Fall 2020, our annual tool issue, investigates the abundance of spinning tools available in our community, old and new.

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How to Use a Drumcarder. Photo by George Boe

Brand new or vintage, tools hold a special status in our craft. Whether used to apply twist, prepare fleece, or breakdown bast fibers, the right tool for the job can make your precious spinning time a joy. Select the wrong tool and working with it can become a frustrating chore. Spin Off Fall 2020, our annual tool issue, investigates the abundance of spinning tools, old and new.

Do you hold a special, time-worn tool dear? Is there a particular modern innovation that solves a pesky handspinning problem? Have you made adjustments to a century-old spinning wheel and adapted it to spin contemporary yarns? What fiber-prep tool can you not live without? Share your know-how and experiences with us!

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Clean off combs by sliding your hands along the sides, not by reaching over the top. Photos by George Boe

Spin Off Fall 2020: Ancient Craft, New Tools 

Our annual tool issue explores the heady mix of antique and modern implements in our spinning community. Ground-breaking textile tools can be used to spin primitive wools, while glorious handpainted fibers might fill bobbins on antique wheels. Is there a technique you’ve adapted for modern fibers, textures, and tools?

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Submissions due: December 18, 2019.

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 it to us, too. We may be able to use it in an upcoming issue.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

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If a double-treadle wheel such as the Lendrum on the left seems modern, consider this nineteenth-century chair wheel, which has not only two treadles but also two drive wheels. Photos by Tom Knisely

Submissions due: December 18, 2019.

We will notify you of our decision by January 10, 2020.

Articles and projects due: March 4, 2020.

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