Spin-along Projects: Dessert Wax Bowl & Water Lily Cushions

Complete project instructions and special tips for Deb’s Dessert Wax Bowl and Water Lily Cushions, designed during the Spring Quarantine Spin-along of 2020. Dessert Wax Bowl Finished size: approximately 3″ high (allowing top edge to roll) x 10-1/2″ across, 25″ circumference. Yarn: 2.6 oz Colorful Colorado Spring BFL handspun (combination drafted, 13 wpi). Needles: size […]

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Spring Quarantine Spin-Along Grand Finale

Welcome to our final post of the spin along. We’re so glad all of you joined us on this journey. Deb has some final projects to share with us and we have assembled a gallery of YOUR posts from the spin along. Find them all at #springquarantinespin and Ravelry. THE GALLERY THE FINAL PROJECTS Dessert […]

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3-ply skeins

Spin Along Post #4- Spinning 3-Ply Color

Welcome back, Spin-along friends. If you haven’t already signed up, do it here. You’ll find blog post #1 here, post #2 here, and post #3 here. We know that chain plying works a kind of magic when you’re spinning hand-dyed braids. But let’s not overlook the joy of making 3-ply yarn in the traditional way. It’s easy, produces […]

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How to Spin Cotton on a Spinning Wheel – Debbie Held

If you’ve avoided spinning cotton on your wheel because of the fiber’s reputed need for special equipment or you’ve heard that it’s a difficult spin, have I got news for you: neither of these things is definitively true. With some basic knowledge, a bit of practice, and even just your fast-speed whorl (at a 15:1 […]

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Three Ply Fractal Spinning

After my last post on spinning fractal yarn, I wasn’t quite happy with the idea. The premise of the technique is sound, but it isn’t truly a fractal in the mathematical or scientific sense of the word. A fractal is a pattern that is self-similar, and repeats itself in different scales. Image from a thermodynamics […]

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A Little Wound-up

Dear Tabby, I’m a new spinner and I am getting extremely frustrated when I sit down to spin!! My yarn is all squiggly and is getting kinked up. What is happening?!? Help! – Wound-up Wanda   Hi Wanda, This a common problem for new and experienced spinners alike! The cause of this problem is that […]

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How to Spin Lofty Yarns

This year marks five years since I began spinning. Over the years I have progressed (as most spinners do) from spinning chunky and uneven yarns to finer and more consistent yarns. Recently, I wanted to spin some bulky yarn for a wall hanging. I realized that I needed to retrain myself on how to spin […]

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Frabjous Collaborous Stole

Ooooh – collaboration! One of those undertakings full of opportunity and creativity. Frabjous Fibers/Wonderland Yarns sent Schacht a box of fiber and yarn goodness. This wonderful Vermont company has an abundant line of hand-dyed yarns and fibers, including fair trade yarns and other delights. I was instantly drawn to the colors and textures of yarn […]

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How to Spin a Textured Gradient Cable Yarn – Classy Squid Fiber Co. Collaboration

When I first approached Amanda from Classy Squid Fiber Company about doing a collaboration with her fiber, I had no idea that we would mesh so well! I immediately resonated with her bright colors, innovative blends, and artistic personality. Amanda’s style could be classified as eclectic and nerdy, but overall there is something in her […]

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