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How to Card a Three-Color Heathered Batt

Each July, the Tour de Fleece has us thinking about fun new ways to combine stashed fibers to make easy-spinning batts. This year’s event is no different, and today we’ll show you how to make a 3-color heathered batt! If … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge Fiber Festival Recap

At the start of this month, we attended a brand new event called the Blue Ridge Fiber Festival, which took place in a small mountain town in North Carolina. As you know, we have attended many fiber-related events over the … Continue reading

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Drum Carding Tip: Make a Fiber Sandwich

Fluffy, slippery, short and very fine fibers can get stuck in the teeth of the licker-in and drum carding cloth when processing them  all on their own, requiring meticulous cleanup with the doffer brush before moving on to your next project.  You have probably experienced this issue … Continue reading

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Help Us Write The Next Chapter of the Strauch Story

You may have heard that Joanne and I are looking for someone to take over Strauch Fiber Equipment. As we are both well past retirement age, it’s time for us to slow down – but not before we find the right … Continue reading

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Free PDF Guide: Drum Carding 101

Using a drum carder to process your fiber is not difficult by any stretch of the imagination – but it does require a little bit of knowledge and know-how to produce consistently excellent results. Like any new skill, practice makes … Continue reading

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PLY Away 2018 Recap

The third annual PLY Away handspinning retreat took place last month in Kansas City, Missouri at the gorgeous Westin Crown Center. Who doesn’t love a hotel with its own ecosystem?! This is our third year for both sponsoring the event and … Continue reading

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Meet Our Makers: Colorful Flock

Last month, we attended the Fibernate festival in Falls Church, VA (click here to see where we’ll be next!). Here’s Otto hard at work in our booth: It was a delight to meet so many passionate fiber folk at this event … Continue reading

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Fiber to FO: Our Finished Project & Pattern Ideas for Handspun Yarns

If you’ve been following our Fiber to FO Blog series, you may be wondering what we would be making with our example project.  Today, we’re pleased to reveal our Finished Object, a pair of handspun mittens! We used The World’s … Continue reading

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Fiber to FO: Planning & Spinning for a Specific Project

Welcome back to the third installment of our Fiber to FO blog series. Previously, we talked about how to turn “forgotten” fibers lurking in your stash into beautiful, spin-worthy batts. Next, we covered some approaches for working with the resulting … Continue reading

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Fiber Artist Feature: Benjamin Krudwig

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a fiber artist here on this blog, so we are pleased to share this interview with Benjamin Krudwig, a designer and fiber artist living in Colorado with his wife and two cats. He … Continue reading

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