Happy New Year from SlowYarn!

I want to share my slideshow of stellar moments from 2019. In addition to writing for and editing SlowYarn.com, I am a working artist. Most of what I do is fiber arts related, but I throw a lot of woodwork, metalwork, and polymer clay in there, as well. This year, I let myself fly freely …

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Natural Dye For Easter Eggs

I’ve always been a fan of natural dyes. The colors make me feel like I’m coming home to a flower garden. Some of the prettiest colors come from foods in the kitchen. Who hasn’t wanted to capture the brilliant magenta of beetroots forever? The problem is, most of the lovely kitchen colors are fugitive dyes, …

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How Back to Basics Does It Have to Be?

There was a discussion on one of the fiber arts groups on Facebook this morning about “cheating” by using a knitting loom. When your hobby is already practicing an old-fashioned back-to-basics skill like spinning or knitting, how basic does it have to be? Do we rank the “basicness” of our hobbies? Do we judge others based on whether they are struggling as much as we are for our art?

Introduction to Eco Printing

What is eco printing? This is a form of natural dyeing using direct-to-fabric or -paper printing from leaves, stems or flowers. Almost all plants have some color in them that can be transferred directly to the surface of fabric or paper, leaving the impression of the leaf shape on the cloth. Generally, the artist India …

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From Sheep to Shawl: Dirty to Clean

I’m delighted to present a guest blog written by Heather Wallace on her Sheep to Shawl journey. Like many of us in the fiber arts, she was first captivated by handspinning when she saw a public demonstration. Here is the story of her Sheep to Shawl project: How It Got Started    Since you’re reading this …

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“Twenties” Nuno Felted Scarf

When my daughter moved out of state, she couldn’t take everything with her. She talked me into keeping a box of silk garments she’d rescued from thrift stores over the years. (Twist my arm!) Although she has similar tastes to mine, meaning anything green, these garments were purchased solely for the natural fibers and not …

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Fibers Under a Microscope

Let’s get up close with some wool, silk, and mohair Nuno felt fibers. Really, really close. I always wanted to see the difference between types of fiber under a microscope, and got a chance today. You see, I live with a science teacher and I decided a few weeks ago that he really needed a …

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Making a Gossamer Felted Scarf

I was curious. How thin could I make a wet felted scarf and still have it be durable? I’ve been playing with Nuno felt, which has a woven silk fabric as the base of the project, with wool felted into the silk for texture, warmth, and softness. But wool makes a durable and soft fabric …

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How To Eco Print

Nature printing, or eco printing, is the art of pressing leaves onto a fabric or paper surface and extracting the natural dyes from the leaf, leaving a perfect print of each leaf’s surface. Some leaves print more clearly than others, but every single time there are surprises when you unwrap your “bundle.” If you haven’t …

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Eco-printing with Cochineal: A Spectacular Combination

Eco-printing is a journey, more than a destination. It is a perfect project for the Infinitely Curious Person and a really frustrating project for The Perfectionist Person who wants standardized results every time. I’m the first one– the Infinitely Curious Person. It’s just that part of my curiosity involves wondering if I can standardize my results at least some …

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You Can Buy Fiber Through Amazon!

People are always asking, “Where can I buy wool roving?” on posts in the fiber-related Facebook groups. One of them exclaimed a couple of weeks ago, “You mean, I can get fiber from AMAZON?!” Since I spend hours every day researching what’s new in the world of Fiber Art supplies and sales, it wasn’t news …

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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 fibers. Should I throw it …

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Merino Wool Dyed and Dried

I love washing Merino Wool. I love the shine of it. I love the softness of it. I love to spin it when it’s done washing, dyeing, and drying. Today, I figured out a clever method of drying my Merino fleece when I realized I didn’t have a drying rack anymore!   My favorite method …

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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 with fibers I’ll probably write about it! Check out the rest of SlowYarn.com for lots of information, how-tos, and pictures! Follow the menu above, or click here to start with About Slow Yarn. …

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How to Shibori With Natural Dyes

  I’ve been playing. Obsessing, really. I broke out the Indigo and started to experiment this week. I wanted to try the Shibori tie-dyeing process using all natural dyes. You see, Indigo is kind of messy– at first. Once you make the initial batch, though, the stock can be used again and again before the …

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Dog Hair Yarn

Have you ever been curious to know if you can spin dog hair into yarn? When people hear that someone has been spinning dog hair, reactions range from disgust, disbelief, and nose-wrinkling to excitement, enthusiasm, and willing offers of bags full of “I always thought there should be a way to use this” dog fur!  Let’s …

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