Jul 11

Wrist Distaff, What it is and how to use one

What is a Wrist Distaff   A distaff is a device used for holding wool/flax for the spinner, that keeps the loose fiber in an area away from the spinning, so it will not become tangled. If you look at the picture to the right you will notice that the person using the drop spindle just has …

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May 30

Of Fibers, Weaves, and Looms

Fabric, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star ship Loom. It’s thousand year mission to explore strange new weaves, to seek out new textiles and new fibers, to boldly go where not weaver has gone before. Once the wool fiber is all grown up, We must decide on what journey into its …

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May 27

Introduction to Wool Processing

Wool Processing Have you ever wondered how a single strand of wool from a sheep can become a finished product like an aran sweater, burlap sack, or intricate lacework? Well you might be surprised that all wool goes through roughly the same process regardless of which final product it becomes. When you look at it, …

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Oct 30

Aran Knitting Patterns

Aran Knitting Patterns Overview of Aran Knitting Aran knitting is a type of knitting that comes from Ireland and is surrounded by myths. Aran knitting patterns are noted by having different patterns going up and down. Some of these patterns can be simple, but others are very complex. Part of the mythology around the Aran …

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