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udith MacKenzie has been enthralling us for decades with her soothing voice
and storytelling magic via many a medium—classes, video, and the written word.
You don’t have to be a spinner to be under her spell, either. Even my seven-year-old
daughter (alas not yet a spinner) will sit mesmerized when I put in one of her DVDs
while I’m spinning and just listen to Judith talk about sheep, spinning a woolen
yarn, washing wool—anything. But when I talk about these things, she wrinkles her
nose and says, “Oh, mom—why is it always spinning?” I counter that spinning is in
everything—it is the fabric of our lives whether we’re aware of it or not.
And this is how Judith MacKenzie approaches spinning. At the same time that she
gives us practical information to make our spinning better, she’s also talking about
the rich history of spinning and how spinning helps us connect to ancient fabricmaking traditions. Some of these traditions live on because spinners like Judith are actively involved
in helping maintain them. I am always fascinated with where a conversation with Judith takes my
understanding of spinning.
In this eBook, you’ll find articles about how to select a fleece, how to wash it, how to make a pleasantly plump singles, how to ply, how to spin a beaded yarn, how to cable, how to spin fine fibers and
unusual fibers, and how to wet-finish your yarn. All of these topics are very practical and needed—
but what you’ll also find is Judith’s narrative that connects the mundane with the magical. When you
spin a thread from a disorganized puff of fluff, you are, in essence, making something from nothing—
what could be more enchanting?
Amy Clarke Moore, Editor
1 Choosing a Fleece
23 Wet Finishes for Yarn
8 On Washing Fleece
28 Cables: Demystifying the Mysterious Yarn
13 Spinning Pleasantly Plump and Silky Singles 33 Beaded yarns
18 The Art of Plying
38 Spinning the Wild
EDITOR Amy Clarke Moore
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