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Cleaning & Storing Fleece and Fiber

The spring fiber festival season is just around the corner! For fiber artists who delight in sourcing fleece and fibers straight from the source, these events are the perfect opportunity to replenish your stash with unique fibers you may not … Continue reading

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How to Card a Sweetheart Batt for Handspun Hearts

Looking to add a handmade touch to your Valentine’s Day? There are lots of free knitting and crochet patterns for making hearts for your sweetheart, and today, we’ll not only show you a quick & easy batt project to whip … Continue reading

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How to Make Rolags With a Drum Carder

Have you ever wanted to spin from rolags? This type of fiber preparation is well suited for production-style handspinning, particularly the long-draw woolen method. Today, we’ll show you how to turn prepared fibers into beautiful rolags with a Strauch drum carder! Supplies A Strauch … Continue reading

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Color Inspiration: Autumn Leaves Batt Project

Capture the colors of the season with a cornucopia of colorful batts and this simple tutorial! Use your favorite photo of fall foliage to create your palette, or take a long walk and collect a few pretty leaves to inspire your color … Continue reading

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Color Inspiration: Sock Monkey Layered Batts

Until now, most of our batt inspiration has come from nature, but today, we’re looking to the iconic sock monkey for our color inspiration. These adorable handmade toys have a long history dating back to the late 1800s, and today they … Continue reading

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Color Inspiration: Wheat Fields Batt

Signs of the seasonal shift are starting to pop up and the first official day of fall will be here before you know it! We often think of the autumn harvest, but did you know that winter wheat is actually planted this time … Continue reading

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How to Card a 4-Color Striped Batt

Striped batts are a great way to transform your fiber stash into unique batts you’ll love to spin. When your fiber stash gets out of hand, this is a wonderful way to put those leftover bits of fiber or orphaned braids of roving to good … Continue reading

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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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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 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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