Cotton is often thought of as a sustainable textile, but the truth is that it’s not as sustainable as you think. Cotton requires enormous amounts of water and pesticide to produce, and it’s not environmentally friendly to grow cotton. In this blog post, we will explore the truth about cotton and why it’s not a
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On a whim, while browsing Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I came upon Job’s Tears. Job’s Tears is a grain grass native to Southeast Asia. Job’s Tears are used in Chinese medicine, as a grinding grain for flours and breads and in soups. It is also used for beads. I searched for information on harvesting Job’s
Structures Single Yarn – fiber which is spun in one direction, usually S twist to create a basic yarn. S 2-Ply Yarn – 2 singles which have been spun in the same direction and then plied in the opposite direction. (S+S)Z 3-Ply Yarn – A yarn that consists 3 singles which have been spun in
Shop: Golden Grove Farmhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/GoldenGroveFarm What in Class: Navajo-Churro FleeceFor this class, I picked our fleece from Alyssa at Golden Grove Farm. She’s based out of New York and produces some scrummy fleeces. Additional Navajo-Churro Resource: I also like to get fleeces from Sam Cunningham who has previously sat on the board for the Navajo Churro
For many of us in the United States, we’ve been swamped with digital connection during the last two weeks. Those who are working from home have had endless Zoom meetings and webinars. All of the fiber folks I know have stepped up to offer online teaching, digital yarn shows, and video meetups. So many museums,
Looking for some color inspiration for your fiber? Try one of these color apps. Yes, I know there are a ton of great apps out there. These are a few of my favorites. CANVA Canva is a multi-faceted tool that allows you to design professional-looking documents, logos and infographics. It also has a nice palette
Allow me to throw a few statistics at you about knitting: According to the Craft Yarn Council, 53 million Americans (more than 15 % of the U.S. population) know how to knit. Another 7.3 million knitters live in the UK. Since 2002, participation in the knitting community has increased by more than 150%. Research shows
While reading back over old issues of Spin-Off, I found an article about synthetic fibers that fascinated me. It made me go out of my way to order a 1978 book titled Man-Made Fibers Fact Book. Before 1900, man-made synthetic fibers didn’t really exist. The article lists a number of synthetics with their first U.S.
Like with most of the topics we discuss, opinion is nine-tenths of the law. However, let’s talk a little about the physics behind what makes a good spindle bowl. The bowls pictured are my two favorite spindle bowls. The ceramic, divot bowl is from Monger Ware Arts. The concave, wooden bowl is from Skaska Designs.
When it comes to talking about plant fibers, we throw a lot of terminology around. For a number of us, wool was our first fiber, and plant fibers are a world away. (Mind you, there’s not a “best” starting point. It isn’t “better” to start with wool over plant fibers. Start where you’re at. I