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Show & Tell: Fractal Scarf

Spinning a fractal yarn is a great way to handle colors for a softer, self-striping pattern that carries all of your fiber’s colors throughout the project.  A fractal in mathematics is very precise, but the term is applied very loosely to the spinning concept.  It simply describes a way to divide an individual fiber top

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Product Review: Unicorn Power Scour

During the last ten years, I have used a number of different scouring agents in my studio to process raw fleece, including Kookaburra Scour, Unicorn Power Scour and dish-washing liquids.  Unicorn remains my favorite. Early in my adventures, I learned that, while dish-washing liquid will work, many of them contain enzymes which help break down the grease. 

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Dyeing Silk Mawata

Silk can seem tricky to dye, but the results are almost always stunning!  Silk soaks up color and has an unmatched sheen.   Mawata (sometimes called hankies) is a versatile preparation and one of the most forgiving forms of silk. You will need: silk mawata (homemade or purchased) 1 gallon zip top bag food dye or

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What is the fiber cuticle?

No, I’m not talking about manicures. With fiber, the cuticle is the outer layer of the hair which consists of dead cells that overlap in layers that form scales. The scales are uni-directional, point away from the skin and provide strength and structure around the shaft of the fiber. The cuticle is armor for your

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Celebrate Your First Yarn!

Time and time again, I speak to new spinners who have hit a wall of frustration.  Their first yarn doesn’t match up with their expectations.  They’ve watched some of their more experienced peers whip together smooth or technical yarns with ease and are either terrified to start or cursing their first attempt. There are some

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Wool Allergies

Have you ever worn a wool scarf or sweater that felt itchy or left your skin blotchy red?  Did you assume  you must be allergic to wool and that wool would be forever off the table for you?  You might be surprised! That itch may not be what you think it is. Wool allergies can be

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