Techniques: Learn how to spin beads onto a single fiber yarn, use plants to naturally-dye fiber, spin Soy Silk, embroider with silk, ply wool and silk to make plain weave fancy. Fiber Focus: American Jacob Sheep with complete instructions for crocheted slippers. Projects: The Lilies-of-the Valley shawls, a rigid-heddle loom scarf, Soy Shells Shawlette. Equipment: Use your handspun on a knitting spool, rigid-heddle loom weaving.
Techniques: Dye with food coloring, spin for slip-stitch crochet, spin cotton on a handspindle. Fiber Focus: Maine Island sheep. Projects: A cotton amulet bag, a Sedona spiral vortex bowl, Maine Island eyelet socks, a cotton shirt. Equipment: Use your combs—organizing fibers to spin, learn how to use a lucet.
Techniques: Learn how to spin a silk brick; overcome moth misery and repair holes. Fiber Focus: Hemp; Lincoln Longwool. Projects: A Bombyx mori silk hat and woven pillow; needlefelted pumpkins; Lord of the Rings handspun cloaks; knitted and fulled boots, clogs, and slippers. Equipment: Try your hand at needlefelting; weaving with handspun.
Techniques: Long draw! Spin cotton; learn how to make a three-ply cabled yarn for socks. Fiber Focus: A new fiber—Paco-vicuña. Projects: Twisted scarves, a sleigh blanket with added handspun accents for warmth, a Paco-vicuña scarf. Equipment: A look at spinning tools in Siberia.