Is there anything quite so relaxing as spinning? When you start from scratch, you have complete control over each aspect of your yarn: from the fibre, to fibre prep, to the construction. Read articles about sheep breeds, new plying techniques and preparing fleeces for spinning.

spinning nettles

Spinning nettles

Gathering fibres and spinning them

Gathering fibres and spinning them

Nettles are a fast-growing and easily found weed, but did you know that the fibres can be spun? We’ve tried four methods of preparing the fibres for spinning. Read about our results in magazine 4.

washing a fleece with the suint method

Save water when washing fleece

Let bacteria do their thing

Save water and effort by using the suint method

Want to wash fleece, but with less effort and water than the traditional soap method? Try the suint method! We’ve explained this method and compared it to the regular soap method of washing dirty fleece.

dyeing or blending

Dyeing versus blending

Mixing deep colours

Dyeing or blending fibre: the effect on colour

The wool on the left is dyed, the wool on the right is blended with the same pigments. Read the article to figure our how (not) to mix your perfect green.

continuous plying

Continuous plying

Save time and effort

And make more even yarn

It’s hard to find information about this ingenious technique, so we’ve taken matters into our own hands. Read all about how to save time while plying without compromising on the end result.

spinning with soja

Spinning soy fibre

Sustainable silk alternative

Spinning soy

Waste from the soy industry can be made into gorgeous fibre. Read all about how it’s produced, how sustainable it really is and how to work with it in our second magazine.

spinning opposing ply

Opposing ply

Spinning stretchy cotton

Opposing ply yarns

Yarns spun from plant fibres is usually inflexible and can be hard on the joins when knitting with it. But if you can spin, you can avoid this issue altogether! Read all about using opposing plies to spin stretchy cotton.

Leiden broadcloth

Leiden broadcloth

A deep dive into its history

Spinning to weave

Leiden broadcloth is responsible for a large part of Dutch wealth. Read all about the history of this fabric, how it was made and what we can learn from it today in our first magazine.

Rambouillet sheep

Royal sheep


Special French merino wool

Read the story of Rambouillet! This interesting breed has wonderfully soft and bouncy wool, as well as a very interesting history.

fractal spinning

Spinning fractal yarn

What the F is a fractal?

Making yarns with incredible colour effects

You may have heard the term “fractal” before, but what does it actually mean? This article explains the theory behind the yarn and how to spin it yourself.

knit better, learn how to spin

Want to become a better knitter?

Learn to spin!

Learn spinning to become better at knitting.

Going back to basics and making yarn by hand will teach you how to work with it in a way that simply knitting can’t do. Learn to spin and become a better knitter in the process.

Twisting Tales Magazine

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