Tying a fishing net with hemp twine is an ancient craft that predates written records. iamtbeck has tried her hand. Sprang lace also resembles netting, and is a term that might raise a smile the first time you hear it. We have many such terms in spinning, such as niddy noddy and diz. Do you know where these names come from?
Last month the Tour de Fleece was in full swing, and so this month we see some 'finish line' pictures with some results and recaps.
Read on for this month's round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
What's being done to raise the profile of this fantastic natural fibre?
You may well have seen this on TV on 11 July, but in case you missed it, Adam met Campaign for Wool's COO Peter Ackroyd to discuss the issues wool has faced due to Covid and demonstrated a number of innovative products that are using the wonderful fibre wool.
As well as the video, this page also describes a number of products that were briefly shown on the screen but not discussed.
The Campaign for Wool reports the story of the traceable wool scheme, which traces wool from the farm gate to the shop floor, giving the customer confidence that the producer has received the best payment for their wool.
Knit Knack has answered a reader's question about Southdown. She writes about her experience with a Southdown fleece that she has washed, prepped, spun and knitted, and about a Southdown / silk combed top, sourced in the UK.
We haven't quite reached the Star Trek replicator yet, but 3-D printing has become very accessible. If you don't own one, you may well know someone with such a printer. If you're technically-minded and curious then they're available for less than £60.
This article from PLY magazine lists a number of ideas for 3d-printed spinning and weaving tools, with links to the models.
For the more experienced / ambitious, the inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel has made all of his designs freely available for home printing.
Sissel Brun Ellevseth also gives you some tips if you are thinking of embarking on this journey.
I'm linking directly to Vampy's blog. She received Sojourner in July and had the opportunity to do some of her Tour de Fleece spinning with the spinner, and also to take it to the first in-person meeting of the Norwich guild so that other members could try it.
Old Dive has made a visit to Spitalfields to see what life was like, both upstairs and downstairs, for the Huguenot silk-weavers and merchants in their heyday. This was a time of wealth for the silk merchants and employment for the skilled weavers, which the Industrial Revolution would change.
You don't often hear of the spins that people hate. Araignee was "really, really sick of" this BFL/silk blend. She has been spinning it for several tours and so decided to abandon the spindle and "give it a sloppy finish on the wheel ".
I do find clickbait headlines like this a little offputting but this article genuinely contains three very different ways to add a crocheted edging. The second, adding a pretty edging to a purchased item is an idea that I've never tried or even considered.
If you like Yvonne, click the image to find her page, you can use next and previous to explore more cartoons.
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Adam Lazar was delighted with his Stripes and Blocks kitchen towel. After hemming, he couldn't bear to use it in the kitchen, and so turned it into this tote bag, which will be functional and show off the woven fabric to a wider audience.
A selection of free seasonal patterns which will work well with handspun yarn.
Rikke Hat by Sarah Young
Monica recommends the Rikke hat, she has made her second and say that it won't be her last.
"The pattern can be easily adjusted to any yarn weight and looks great in semi-solids, variegated, commercial and/or handspun yarns. Also, the garter stitch makes it for a comfortable and squishy hat."
She also has some tips about making this hat with handspun yarn.
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