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Our theme this issue is history. To this end, we cover more than a few fascinating topics—understanding our own desire to spin by looking at the spinning of our ancestors, imagining what it meant to spin cotton sewing thread in a time of need, understanding the spinning tools that were simultaneously a result and a cause of the Industrial Revolution, and learning how setting up a warp-weighted loom can make history real for people of all ages.
You will learn how twist affects the finished fabric in weaving and a spindle spinning technique used by the Blackfoot people. There is a special section on the ancient technique of sprang that will teach you the basics as well as why this netting technique works better with high-twist yarns—making handspun the perfect yarn for sprang.