Colorful Handspun Yarn: Creativity born from constraints

Sometimes, a new design or product will capture your attention and imagination to the point of obsession. This is what happened with me and the Nightshift shawl by Andrea Mowry. The combination of colors and the visual texture she created are mesmerizing, and the effect didn’t wear off after...

Art Yarn Spinning – First Time with Multiple Techniques

In my latest spinning session I decided to try my hand at an art yarn skein. It’s not a style, that I’ve had any experience with, and I would say the end product is also well out of my usual comfort zone. But, inspired by a spinning class I...

Spinning and Shopping at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Sarah’s mother (and Chief Fiber Arts Enabler) Nancy Hart joins for a chat about the 30th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. The Vermont festival is always our favorite of the year. Held in our home village of Tunbridge, this medium-sized festival attracts vendors and fiber fans from around...

22: Michael Hampton – Master Knitter

Michael Hampton founded his fiber mill around the same time that we got our first sheep, which was a fortuitous coincidence. Over the years he milled several beautiful yarns for us. Recently, Michael has taken a step back from custom milling to focus on his own projects, including completion...

Tour de Fleece 2018 Wrap-Up

It has been an amazing 3 weeks of challenges and perseverance as I spun my way through my first Tour de Fleece. As I mentioned in the previous video, this challenge takes place each year during the Tour de France and is a fantastic way to expand your skills...

Tour de Fleece 2018

The Tour de Fleece is an event for hand-spinners that takes place during the Tour de France. This year, I’ve joined a team in hopes of finishing off some long-neglected fiber in the stash. This year, the Tour de Fleece Runs Saturday July 7 through Sunday July 29th. There are...

15: Kristen Judkins, Gilead Fiber Farm

Kristen Judkins grew up spinning and knitting, but didn’t have her own fiber farm until she won some angora goats in an online essay contest. Join us for a chat about all things fiber and learn about the small mill where Kristen also processes roving and yarn for other...

13: Linda Doane, Shepherd of Shetlands

Linda Doane is a national treasure in the shepherding world. After sampling some imported Shetland fleeces, she decided she had to have a flock of her own. The problem? No one was raising this breed in the United States. Working with a Canadian partner, Linda and her husband Tut...

Spinning Tools for Yarn

Happy Distaff Day! To celebrate, I’m sharing information about the spinning tools I use in my spinning practice. Spinning oil: Keeping your wheel oiled will make spinning smoother and more fun. Basket: I like a medium-sized basket with handles for keeping my un-spun fiber and tools handy while spinning....

How I learned to handspin: tools and techniques

My journey with learning to handspin yarn by hand started as many such tales do: I took a class and learned the basics of spindle spinning. It was a useful way to begin, but the potential speed and efficiency of using a spinning wheel was a big lure. Unfortunately,...

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