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The Fulling Story: All About Fulling Wool

By Laura Fry

Wool has a magical property that can take individual threads, sometimes woven very loosely, and once in the water transform them into a thick cloth with great insulation properties. Develop an understanding of the process with this primer on fulling wool.

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Where to Buy Raw Fleece for Spinning

By Ashley Martineau

One of the best ways to spin yarn on a budget and support local family farms is to buy raw wool for spinning. Instead of paying several dollars per ounce, you will pay about $10 - $20 dollars per pound average (varies depending on the breed). And by purchasing local, raw fleeces from farmers in your area or online family farms, you are helping these families provide feed and quality medical care for their fiber animals.

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Craft to Stay Sharp & Craft for a Cause

By Craftsy

Today, in the United States alone, there are five million people living with Alzheimer's disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. See how you can help by participating in The Longest Day, "where teams from around the world will come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's with a day of activity."

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Spinning Basics: Choosing a Spinning Wheel

By Laura Chau
Choosing a spinning wheel is a big decision for any new or experienced handspinner. There are lots of important factors to consider when shopping for a wheel. Here are a few things will help you find the right one for you. Read more »

Sheep and Wool Festivals: What to Expect

By Ashley Martineau
Sheep and wool festivals are great places to get inspired for new projects, shop for local fleeces, and explore the creative artisan talent in your community. This recap of the recent Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival will show you what can expect at fiber festivals, and why it might be worth it for you to attend one in your area. Read more »
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Spinning Basics: Fiber Terminology

By Laura Chau
There are lots of new and specialized words for describing spinning fiber characteristics. How does a fleece get from the sheep to your wheel? What's the difference between carding and combing? Check out this overview of some useful and important spinning terminology. Read more »

How to Choose a Wheel for Spinning Art Yarns

By Ashley Martineau
Are you interested in spinning art yarns? Don't know what wheel to choose? Every spinning wheel is engineered to spin a specific range of yarns. Here's a look at the most popular models out there, including pros and cons of each. Read more »