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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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Fiber to FO: Sampling & How to Spin From Batts

In our previous post, we showed you how to turn “forgotten” fibers into beautiful batts (click here if you missed it). Today, we’ll talk about how to spin from the batts you’ve created, and also cover why and how you should sample spin before starting your … Continue reading

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How to Give “Forgotten Fibers” a Batt-Tacular Makeover

Most spinners have a stash of fibers at the ready for when inspiration strikes – and if a new fiber doesn’t make it onto the bobbin right away, it may get pushed to the bottom of that stash. Forgotten fibers run … Continue reading

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Joanne’s 10-Year Locker Hooked Rug Project

If you’ve seen Joanne at a fiber festival or show over the last ten years, chances are you’ve seen her working on this project. Today, Joanne triumphantly shares her finished project, and how she made it from start to finish. … Continue reading

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How to Blend a Winter Inspired Batt

Winter is here, and we’re closing out our 2017 series of seasonal batt projects with this project inspired by a familiar winter sight: icicles. You can find our previous project tutorials by clicking here. Here’s what you’ll need: A Strauch Drum Carder (we used … Continue reading

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