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Spinning Angora Rabbit Fiber to Knit a Vintage 1960s Hat Pattern

I’ve always loved the look of mid-century vintage beret hats — especially the ones that have an angora halo. There's just something about that iconic angora halo that gives the hat such a romantic feel, and I love it! So, I decided to make one! For this project, I’ll be spinning angora rabbit fiber with merino wool to replicate a discontinued yarn and knit a vintage hat pattern from the 1960s. I walk through the process from carding, spinning, and dyeing the yarn, to knitting a beautiful beret with a classic angora halo.Read More

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How to: Tablet Weaving with Handspun Yarn

Tablet weaving with handspun yarn can make an absolutely beautiful woolen, card woven band. Having a yarn that is intentionally spun for weaving can make all the difference in how well your pattern will show up, reducing the pilling and fuzzing that can happen with fluffier commercial yarns, and of course, custom dyeing can give you the color pallet you want for your project. Here's how I created a simple tablet woven band that I created with my hand-dyed and handspun yarn.Read More

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Canadian Production Wheel (CPW) — History, Spinning, and Long Draw

Have you ever wondered about the history of Canadian Production Wheels (CPWs)? Why were so many produced in Quebec during the late 1800s and early 1900s? I was inspired to do some research on CPWs after acquiring one myself. The CPW is a beautiful historical spinning wheel and a real workhorse. I like to compare it to a draft horse and adoringly call my wheel Philippe after the draft horse in Beauty and the Beast. Keep reading to learn all about the history, key features, and how to spin on a CPW.Read More

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How to Make DIY Spindle Whorls from Polymer Clay

Spindle whorls have been discovered in the most ancient of archeological sites and are still used today to hand spin yarn by yarn crafters, reenactors, and people working to preserve their cultural heritage and textile traditions, and by YouTubers (like me!). This was a super fun project where I learned how easy it is to make DIY spindle whorls out of polymer clay.Read More