Super Amazing Posts By Ashley Martineau


Ashley Martineau is the author of "Spinning and Dyeing Yarn," and has been spinning art yarn for 10 years - but never the same skein twice! Ashley currently lives near Boston and when she isn't blogging she dabbles in photography, graphic design, painting, knitting and pottery. Her YouTube channel of spinning and fiber art tutorials has had nearly a million views. She is self-taught and still has no idea what she'd major in if she went back to college. Her biggest dream is to live in a small cabin with a panoramic view of the Central Cascade mountains in her home state of Oregon.

    Tips for Core Spinning Yarn

    Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Spinning |

    The core you use determines the inner personality of the yarn you spin. You can use many unique types of cores: elastic thread for a stretchy yarn, craft wire for a sculptural yarn, cotton crochet thread for an unbreakable yarn, novelty yarns, and just plain ugly yarns. It's the perfect way to get rid of ugly yarns in your stash, because the core remains hidden under the fiber. Read on to discover more tips for core spinning yarn!

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    Core Spinning Just Got A Lot Easier! A Simple Setup for Core Spinning Yarn

    Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Spinning | Comments

    Core spinning just got a lot easier! Discover a unique core spinning setup that can help you spin bulky yarn easily for a fraction of the price, measure exact yardage before you begin spinning and prevent an over-twisted core.

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    Take Your Pick! 3 Methods for Spinning a Carded Batt

    Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Spinning |

    Every batt is one-of-a-kind, and the method you use to spin them will affect the look of your handspun yarn and completed knit or crochet project. In this post, we'll explore three different methods for spinning a carded batt.

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    Be Frugal: 5 Tips for Spinning Yarn on a Budget

    Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Spinning |

    I taught myself how to spin when I was newlywed living in a tiny third floor apartment without air conditioning. Being frugal was part of the process. I spun for 7 years before I invested in a drum carder. I still like to find ways to spin gorgeous yarn without breaking the bank. Here are some money-saving tips and tricks for spinning yarn on a budget that I have learned along the way!

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    Do You Know the Difference Between Top and Roving?

    Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Spinning |

    What is roving? Are you overwhelmed by the learning curve of all the different preparations of spinning fiber available? Here is a simple breakdown of each type of spinning fiber, and what styles of yarn it is used for. Different spinners prefer spinning different preparations of wool, so it's fun to try out all of these types to see which is your favorite!

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