Spinning to Weave

Spinning and weaving go together like peanut butter and jelly. Learn from master spinners and weavers how they spin yarn for weaving and how they weave with handspun yarns.

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The Luxury of Fiber

    Sara Lamb spun the yak/silk blend for this luxurious shawl, which she sett closely and wove warp-faced for amazing drape. Photo by Joe Coca. Anne Merrow Editor, Spin-Off spinningdaily.com The Winter 2016 issue of Spin-Off is all about luxury–luxury of time and space, tools, and of course materials. If you’re reading this, chances…

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Handspinning? How Novel!

    Anne Merrow Editor, Spin-Off Magazine spinningdaily.com One of my favorite things about weaving is that “novelty yarns” is a term of art . . . in a good way. Aside from an eyelash-yarn craze early in the millennium, knitters mostly rely on consistent, smooth yarns for sweaters, shawls, and other projects, maybe with…

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Spinning and Weaving Go Together

    Kate Larson’s tailspun Leicester yarn would make a spectacular weft–and one you can’t get commercially. Anne Merrow Editor, Spin-Off Magazine spinningdaily.com Back when Interweave was just a single magazine, weaving and spinning went hand in hand. In fact, spinning was usually only covered as a subset of weaving–so when Spin-Off was spun off…

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Counting Sheep (And Goats and Alpacas…)

We at Handwoven and Weaving Today love our wools from merino to alpaca and harder to find sheep breeds including Jacob and Navajo Churro. We're especially excited to get our hands on the latest issue of Spin-Off devoted to the wonders of natural fiber—it even has a very handsome sheep on the cover. Here's Spin-Off editor…

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Weaving Excited Yarns

For the past few years I have dreamed of someday learning to spin. I know many wonderful spinners who regularly turn bags of fiber into skeins of truly scrumptious yarns. While I've yet to pick up the spindle or wheel, after reading the following post by Liz Gipson I have a feeling that I will…

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What's the Time Difference to Iceland?

One of the many good parts about working for Handwoven and Weaving Today is when I get to spend a few hours (or more!) searching for photos of fiber animals for articles and blog posts. While often the photos I use are for articles about well-known breeds, sometimes I have to hunt down photos of lesser…

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Some Practical Advice

Weavers who spin (and spinners who weave) have the power to make cloth that is unique from fiber to finish. But weaving requires different yarn properties than knitting or crochet. Sara Lamb has created gorgeous cloth and clothing from her handspun yarn for decades, and now she has shared her experience and insight in a…

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Great Teachers Live on in Their Students

    Sara Lamb’s loose drafting style.     In Spin to Weave Sara Lamb demonstrates combining warps in the reed. Nothing beats watching someone do their craft, especially when the craft is also yours. It is no surprise that crafts are such a communal hobby. There is so much to learn by watching someone’s…

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Weaving and Waulking with Norman Kennedy

The Work of Weaving The first time we spoke, Norman Kennedy wasn’t entirely certain he wanted to do a video about spinning, weaving, and waulking.       Norman Kennedy established a weaving school near his home in rural Vermont.     Norman stands with the wedding blankets, which are drying on the line after…

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Freedom, Independence, and Choice

Sara Lamb is a weaver, spinner, dyer, and an extraordinary teacher. She joins us today to share her reasons for weaving with handspun.   This morning I sat down to weave a few rows on a knotted-pile bag and I ran out of pile yarn for one of the colors. I spun up some more,…