merino hand made felt with long fibers and with short waste fibers

Waste Wool Felt Experiment

I don’t even like the term “waste wool.” If I paid for a fleece I want to use all the fleece! But whenever I’ve used wool combs or flick carders there is some short, neppy, and…I admit it, kind of dirty wool fiber left after pulling all the lovely long …

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Welcome to the SlowYarn.com Blog! Handspinning, dyeing, eco-printing, being an artist in a crafting world, wool allergies… if it has to do …

Dog Hair Yarn

Have you ever been curious to know if you can spin dog hair into yarn?   Today, I’ll talk about general questions that …

Summer Dyeing

The Colorado summer has kept me from the computer for awhile! But I have been busy natural dyeing silk fabric.  My idea …

art basket from cholla, reed, seagrass, and wool

Art vs. Craft

As an artist who works in a variety of media traditionally relegated to craftsmen, I have a vested interest in the debate …

rose pink wool on drum carder

Drum Carder Trick

I recently posted on Facebook asking friends for plastic netting that wrapped a ham or turkey.  I use them with my drum …

handwoven handpainted warps how to at slowyarn.com

Handpainted Warps

  I remember being shocked at the price tag on a set of room dividers at a Handweavers Guild sale. It was …

indigo dyed hand spun

Blue Dye in History

The color blue has long been associated with royalty and riches. Any plant yielding blue dye was considered a valuable commodity, and …

Recycled vs. Reused Wool

It’s easy to assume that anything “recycled” must be good for the environment. In the case of recycled wool, there is a …

Are You Allergic to Wool?

  Are you allergic to wool?  A lot of people can’t wear wool, because it makes them feel itchy and uncomfortable.  Nobody …