How to Spin an Ombre Yarn

With Spinzilla a month behind us, I finally have found time to explain how I managed to blend two colors of bamboo fiber into a five-hue shift ombre yarn. Ombre and gradient have been a particularly popular trend over the last couple of years. I decided that I wanted to hand blend my own long-color change […]

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Let’s Talk About Tension

A guide to fine-tuning your tension to make the yarn you want. Your treadle speed, your drive ratio, and your tension all contribute to being able to spin different fibers into different yarns – the possibilities truly are endless. Today we’ll talk a bit about using tension in support of spinning the yarn you envision. As Spinzilla nears ever closer, […]

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Spinning Lessons – Presence

As a knitter, I always planned my projects with the finished product in mind, choosing my pattern and recipient, and then the yarn, with great intention. As a spinner, on the other hand, I’ve been acquiring fibers with no knowledge of their destiny, or even how to spin them. I bought my first roving about […]

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Default Yarn – Benjamin Krudwig

From left to right – Top row: 2-ply, singles. Bottom row: 4-ply, 3-ply. Initially when I started thinking about my yarn, I thought “I will make a worsted weight 2-ply yarn.” However when I started to think deeper about my “default yarn,” I realized it wasn’t the weight or ply of the yarn, but the mechanics […]

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Spinning Lessons – Inflection

  Several years ago, I signed up for the Fiber Project at Feederbrook Farm. Then a knitter, I requested my wool share as roving, with the idea that I would one day learn to spin. I moved that fleece across the country with me, and when I interviewed at Schacht I said, “well, I don’t […]

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Default Yarn Challenge – Gail

Default Yarn Challenge – Gail Matthews I was happy when the office staff decided on the “spin your default yarn” challenge because I conveniently had a full bobbin of my default singles waiting (for a year or more) for me to do something with it. Navajo Plied on the Bobbin Not long after I started […]

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Default Yarn Challenge – Paul

Default Yarn Challenge – Paul Paul’s barber pole yarn. This article comes from Denise, who has been a wonderful spinning mentor for Paul. After Spinzilla last year, Paul, who is our master molder and Cranbrook Loom builder, joined the ranks of the spinning enthusiasts here at Schacht. He then took Maggie Casey’s spinning class where she teaches how to […]

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Spinning Barber Pole Yarn

Spinning Barber Pole Yarn – Benjamin Krudwig Every third Thursday of the month we have an office spin-in during our office meeting. At our last meeting I started spinning some hand-dyed merino roving, a variegated light green and a variegated ocean blue. I spun about 500 yards of singles in both colorways. Initially, I thought I […]

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