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Handspinners rejoice! You’re in for a real treat with Ply - The Magazine for Handspinners . WOW – we were blown away the first time we looked at an issue and knew immediately we had to carry this fantastic magazine at Halcyon Yarn. PLY’s mission is to be a primary source for spinning knowledge, techniques and opinions for intermediate to advanced spinners and in so doing, be a natural inspiration for new spinners. Quality is reflected in every aspect, from the rich, in-depth content and gorgeous photography to the heavier book like quality of its pages and a dedication to maintaining a low advertising-to-content ratio. Because each issue is themed and delves so deeply into a specific topic on multiple levels, you’re sure to keep every issue for future reference. Calling PLY a treasure trove of info for the handspinner is an understatement.


The current issue, Spring 2014, is all about silk. Who knew there was so much to learn. I can’t wait to share the photographs with the elementary students with whom I work. The fact that silk comes from a silk worm never ceases to be a hot topic for young children and seeing images always elicits “ohhs and ahhs”. It’s going to be such a valuable resource for years to come.

We had hoped to stock the 3 previously published issues of PLY (they really are as valuable as a book), but they are all SOLD OUT. That speaks volumes about the response PLY has received from the handspinning community - “YEAH”! Better get your own Spring 2014 issue before it’s sold out too! Stay tuned for future issues yet to come.


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The sales continue on discontinued yarns from great brands like Noro, Debbie Bliss, Cascade, Berroco and Brown Sheep. The time is right to take advantage of terrific savings on our “orphan yarns”. You’ll find a little bit of this and a little bit of that.These are specific colors within a yarn line being discontinued. That means we’re still carrying the yarn, but the individual colors being highlighted will no longer be available. Quantities are limited so take advantage of these savings while they’re still around! Because we often have anywhere from 2 to 20 skeins, don’t hesitate to give us a call, 1-800-341-0282, if you need a certain quantity for a specific project.

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Don’t forget Katia Peru ,  [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] ,  [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock]  and  Ella Rae Country Tweed are on SALE at 40% off. That’s every color we carry in the line, so you can mix and match colors and get unbelievable prices. Click the links to see the available colors.

*Sale is limited to our current stock. We cannot take back orders. When ordering online feel free to list second color choice(s) in the comment line at check out. For more certainty, during business hours, please feel free to call us (1-800-341-0282) and we are happy to check current stock. All sales are final and no additional discounts apply.

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Congratulations go out to Lisa D from Portland, OR. She is the winner of the May monthly drawing for a $10 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to give us feedback. We really appreciate it. Please keep your comments coming.

Remember, you could be a winner too. Each time you place an order you’ll receive a  “WIN” Ticket  or an on-line feedback survey. Respond to either and you’ll automatically be entered in our monthly, quarterly and year end drawing (see the link for complete details).

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INTRO TO INDIGO with Amelia Poole on Sunday, June 8 from 10am-4pm.

Don’t miss this chance to have a full day of dyeing and experimenting with an expert indigo dyer and an indigo vat.  Several materials for dyeing are included in the class fee but also bring some of your own items (fabric, tee-shirt or yarn) to dip in the vat.  See how the color changes after it has emerged from the vat.  Dip several times to see the color darken.  It’s all indigo magic.

Intro to Indigo teacher Amelia Poole has been dyeing with indigo for over 15 years.  She loves working with indigo dips and indigo shibori as she can make the same pattern over and over but each piece will be unique because of the variations each time a piece is dipped in the indigo vat.  Then Amelia adds stitching and again more variations occur.

Amelia grew up in Massachusetts and has lived in Maine since 2005.  She attended the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey, UK and holds a MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction.  Her final project for this degree included a piece of woven indigo fabric.  Today she lives on the Blue Hill Peninsular and works in her studio there with both indigo and Eco-Printing (a class at Halcyon Yarn later in July).  She also has a very special 5 year-old assistant.

Amelia loves to teach.  She loves to share her experience and knowledge but she finds she loves the exchange of ideas with others as she also always learns something.
There are a few places still available in this class. Take advantage of the opportunity!

Check out all the classes being offered this summer at Halcyon Yarn.

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As always, Handwoven’s latest ebook, Huck Lace Best of Handwoven- eBook Printed Copy , is a “must have” for your weaving library. A weave structure loved by many for its versatility and beauty, huck lace, is a technique worthy of being in everyone’s weaving repertoire. Huck lace, characterized by small groups of threads that can produce either warp floats, weft floats, or plain weave, is well suited for everything from household textiles to garments and accessories. The ebook begins with valuable information on structure and design and follows with 13 individual projects for scarves, shawls, table linens and a bath set. Halcyon Yarn is your only source to get a “printed” version of this ebook. Buy it today!


Just a reminder, Halcyon Yarn is your exclusive source for “printed” versions of  all the popular Handwoven eBooks. They are printed in full color on acid-free coated stock, saddle-stitched and ready for immediate browsing and convenient posting next to your loom. Booklets focus on a specific yarn, weaving technique or type of project, providing several patterns from previously published Handwoven magazines, each with detailed instructions and illustrations.

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They’re back, the ! Last time we advertised these “hidden gems” we sold out within a few days.  So a word to the wise, order them while you can. Fiber crafters of all kinds love these bags. Believe me, they’re not just for weavers. They have all kinds of uses. We’ve included our popular previously posted list of ideas for using these yarns to help generate some ideas. How will you use them?

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Each bag contains yarn that is left after we make our mini cones here at the shop. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, it’s a great variety of colors and style. With 2 lbs of yarn for only $19.95, it’s no wonder they’re loved by our customers.

We offer Stash Bags whenever possible but because of the way they’re made we can’t guarantee stock. So order quickly!

Oh, let me count the ways to use these yarns…

  1. Yarn mache bowls.
  2. Ropes with the Schacht Incredible Rope Machine and Yarn Twister and Leonardo Rope Maker and Yarn Twister.
  3. A colorful garden trellis.
  4. Inkle bands.
  5. Multi-strand yarn butterflies for tapestries to add color depth.
  6. Sampling
  7. Adding stripes to woven projects like placemats, dish towels, scarves, etc.
  8. Small loom weaving for kids
  9. Bookmark tassels
  10. Embellishing crafts projects
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Do you love fantastic yarns at fantastic prices? Well, you’re going love our next round of *sale yarns. This time around we’re offering 40% off  Katia Peru, Cascade Highland Duo Baby Alpaca and Merino,  and Debbie Bliss Angel Print Mohair Silk. Remember, yarn doesn’t spoil. Take advantage of these deals and stock up now for fall and winter projects.

*Sale is limited to our current stock. We cannot take back orders. All sales are final and no additional discounts apply.


Ah, Spring is in the air!! The grass is turning green, flowers are blooming and yarns are popping up on sale. That’s right, when Spring rolls around we start to analyze the sales and appeal of the current yarns we carry. It’s also a time when we find out which yarns and colors are being discontinued by the manufacturer. The result, those yarns which must go to make room for new yarns are put on SALE. That means deep discounts on fantastic yarns. So stay tuned in the coming weeks as we start to offer great deals on great yarns. Remember, some colors and quantities are limited, so when a yarn is put on sale order quickly before it’s gone. >>…
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