Author: @jillianmoreno

Tips for Teaching Spinning

There is something about the summer, maybe it’s because I spin out of my house more, or because of the abundance of fiber shows, but I get more brand new people asking me to teach them to spin in the summer than any other time. I bet it happens to you too. Here are some of my tips for teaching a newbie.   Give them the ability to start and stop easily. Use the park and draft method on a spindle, and if you use a wheel make sure it’s one that is very responsive to stopping and going with just the treadles, and will spin smoothly with the drive wheel going slowly. New spinners should feel comfortable ...

Tour de Fleece Update, Sheepspot Breed Club, TdF Tip

The Tour de Fleece is underway and people are spinning up a storm! Take a peek at the Instagram hashtag #tourdefleece2018 there are already close to 2,000 posts. I t’s all so inspiring. If f I’m honest it inspires me to shop as much as it makes me want to spin, there is so much beautiful fiber. What fiber are you spinning?         Looking for a breed study or fiber club? How about both? The Sheepspot Fiber Club is now open! Working with commercially prepped fiber, you can learnabout a different breed every month and spin some beautifully dyed fiber as you learn.       ...

Wisconsin S&W Registration is Open; So You Want to Be a Dyer?

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival is a little gem of a fiber show. Held the weekend after Labor Day in Jefferson Wisconsin it has everything bigger shows have but without the stampeding crowds. This is a show that runs at a relaxing pace, everyone is having a good time, no need to rush. There are classes, vendors, a fleece competition and sale, sheep dog trails, and food trucks roll in from Madison. I’m teaching there again this year, Friday-Sunday, my classes are: The Gist of Grist, Pretty Maids All in Row: Successive Color Plying, Yarnitecture, and Colorplay: Stress-Free Ways of Spinning Color. Already ...

TNNA 2018 – Things That Aren’t Knitting

Amy, Kate and I are just back from the annual National Needlework Association convention, where we get to touch yarns and plan with yarn companies and designers. Amy posted to the Knitty Instagram all about the knitting side while we were there. I get so caught up in looking and touching new fiber things and the hugging of friends that I forget to take pictures, but I have a few. I do have to mention one yarn company that always makes me smile with their creativity, Freia Fibers. That dress is knit from their gradient yarns. I have a crush on Tina’s yarn akin to the crush I had on Noro in the 1990s. She has a ...

Tour de Fleece 2018 – What Are You Spinning?

Tour de Fleece this year is July 7-29 and it’s going to be here before we know it! Are you spinning? Do you know what you’re spinning? For those that don’t know about the Tour de Fleece here’s the scoop. Every year during the run of Tour de France bicycle race spinners spin. They challenge themselves to spin every day for about three weeks following the schedule of bicycling Tour, resting on days that the riders rest. Lots of spinners join teams for camaraderie, fun and prizes, check out Ravelry for lots of team info. Some spinners watch the Tour as they spin, some spinners spin with no team, ...

NwRSA – PNW Spinners Are Amazing

What I didn’t really realize when I said yes to teaching at the NwRSA conference this year is just how many spinners there are in the upper left hand corner of the US. The North West Regional Spinners Association conference is a whole bunch of guilds coming together. It was all spinning all the time and it was wonderful! I taught Yarnitecture and the Gist of Grist to very enthusiastic and talented spinners. The conference was in a hotel in Olympia and we pretty much took over. The main ballroom was ours and it was full of a gallery (check out the giant felted spinning wheel!), vendors and spinners from the ...

Seattle Spinning, Knitting, and Weaving – Suggestions, Please!

  This week I’m teaching at the  Northwest Regional Spinners Association Conference in Olympia, Washington. It’s going to be an outstanding conference with a big list of creative teachers, an outstanding keynote speaker, and , of course, all of the visionary spinners attending. I’m ready to teach and to soak up all innovative thinking at the event.         I am very grateful to my friend Lisa who has invited me to stay with her in Seattle for a few days after the conference. I haven’t been to Seattle since the 90’s, and I’d love to know what you suggest I ...

Rhinebeck Spinning Retreat, Spinning and Knitting with Louet in May

My friend and amazing spinning teacher, Beth Smith, is having a spinning retreat at Rhinebeck. The retreat is October 18-22. The price includes two days of classes,class materials, lodging, meals, a weekend pass to the Sheep and Wool festival and a goodie bag. Beth explains the whole weekend in this post. This is a great opportunity to take classes with Beth. She won’t be teaching much in 2019 because she’s spending the year learning and working on something new.         The classes she’s teaching are ones I’d love to take (but I’m teaching elsewhere). There is a full ...

Kate Atherley’s Buttonholes for Handspun

Ok, these buttonholes aren’t only for knitting with handspun. This article is so perfectly succinct in the construction of six different buttonholes for hand knits that every spinner who knits needs to have it as a reference. Knitty’s own Tech Goddess, Kate Atherley, wrote this buttonhole article for Mason-Dixon Knitting. It shows how to make eyelet, eyelet in ribbing, horizontal, vertical, and afterthought buttonholes. Plus my new favorite, Slipped-Stitch Cable Buttonhole, I’ve never seen that one before and am in instant love. Being ever helpful and wickedly smart, Kate tell us how to fix a ...

New Sett Checker for Weaving

I’m so curious about weaving and how weaving works. Usually when I start a new craft I jump in the deep end and just start thrashing around. I do a lot of guessing with mixed results. What I realize after all of these years is that by not doing any methodical learning, it takes me twice as long to learn things; I stay an advanced beginner for a long time. This time around with weaving (the first time around is a story for another day – there was a lot of thrashing) I am vowing to be more methodical. But I also love a short cut (I’m lazy that way). Which is why Liz Gipson’s new Sett Checker is ...