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Summer Batt Experiment: Can You Card Flax Fiber?

While we firmly believe that wool is a year-round fiber (if you don’t believe us, just check out these amazing wool facts shared by Terri Laura & Julie Dennison), summer is a great time to explore non-wool fibers that you … Continue reading

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Dyed in the Wool: Tips & Tutorials for Adding Color to Your Fiber Projects

There are plenty of tantalizing dyed fibers and batts available for today’s fiber artist, but the further you explore the world of breed-specific fibers, the more likely you are to find them in their natural, undyed state. While these natural … Continue reading

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Where to Source Fleece & Fiber Without Leaving Your Home

Many of our beloved fiber festivals and yarn shows have been canceled or rescheduled this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without beautiful fleece and fibers in your life! Although we are sad that we won’t be seeing … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Have Fun With Fiber at Home

Are you staying home this spring? You might find yourself with more time on your hands than you’re used to – thankfully, as fiber lovers, we know what to do with it! Today, we round up 5 of our favorite … Continue reading

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The 8 Wonders of Wool: Amazing Facts You Might Not Know

As many of us are hunkering down for more time at home, we hope you have plenty of yarn and fiber to keep your hands busy. Today, we continue our exploration of the wonderful world of wool by sharing some amazing … Continue reading

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Evaluating Fleece & Fiber: A Beginner’s Guide

Do you speak fiber? There are many words specific to evaluating, preparing and processing fiber – and if you are newer to the fiber arts scene, it might seem like a foreign language! Today, we’ll talk about what to look for … Continue reading

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Celebrating Distaff Day & Breed-Specific Wools

Earlier this month, we celebrated Distaff Day at Wild Skeins, our Local Yarn store here in Hickory, NC. A distaff is a long tool used in handspinning which keeps fibers from getting tangled and dates back to medieval times. Distaffs … Continue reading

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Fibery Challenges for 2020

Happy New Year! The fresh start of a new year is the perfect time to take stock, make plans and set goals for the year ahead. There are many ways to include crafting and fiber arts in your resolutions, and today we … Continue reading

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Staple Length: A Quick Guide for Fiber Artists

The term staple length is frequently used when talking about fleece and fiber, but have you ever wondered why staple length matters and how it affects your choice of tools and techniques in a given project? In this post, we’ll … Continue reading

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Warm, Warmer, Warmest: 4 Non-Sheep Fibers to Try This Fall

Don’t get us wrong – we love wool and learning about the many breeds of sheep that grow beautiful fleece for us to enjoy. But when it comes to staying warm during the chilly months ahead, there are several non-sheep fibers that … Continue reading

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