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SpinOff Magazine 40th Anniversary!
Happy 40th, and congratulations to the wonderful spinners and artists who makes this terrific magazine happen!
This very special issue of SpinOff magazine celebrates 40 years of learning and sharing about the wonderful craft of spinning yarn. In it, you’ll find pages of tips, tricks, and know-hows carefully collected from the last 145 issues, a feature on visible mending (with your own handspun!), two projects to inspire, and much more.
This Lamplight shawl was spun from a blend of Merino and Merino/silk top. The designer, Sara Lamb discusses how she divided these braids by color to achieve the lovely gradient you see above. Learn how to make that, or the smaller Cowgirl Cowlette for a piece that doesn’t require quite so much yardage.
The latest crafty trend we’re all hearing so much about, visible mending, has got me ready to finally take out my sewing pile. It takes a lot to get me mending, but I love the creative things people are doing with this art! This article discusses everything from different stitching techniques to spinning your own threads. Give new life to well loved items with this frugal and beautiful process. I’m particularly fond of the Sashiko method shown below:
This issue doesn’t just stay close to home, though. Learn about what’s happening to the Kyrgyz cashmere industry, then travel to Portugal to see how one woman is documenting and preserving the history of Portuguese craftspeople. Alice Bernardo is the researcher behind www.saberfazer.org, which is a website of many things – one of which being a lovely photo gallery of folks practicing traditional craftmaking.
There really is a little bit of everything is this issue – not only is there a piece on blending dyed fiber to create a color wheel inspired gradient, but I was also intrigued to read about Benjamin Krudwig’s experiments with making a newsprint inspired tweed yarn for weaving.
With so much history and knowledge packed into one magazine, it’s the perfect way to celebrate 40 whole years of sharing the spinning love. Here’s to the next 40 years of SpinOff!
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