Mood Board: Spring 2018 – Linen
Spring 2018 is going to focus on that mysterious and ancient fiber – linen! History, growing, retting, processing, bleaching, dyeing, spinning, finishing, knitting, weaving, and anything else you can think of is what we are looking for. This issue needs to cover everything – basic, intermediate, and expert, so if you know something about this sometimes-intimidating fiber, get in touch and let us help you tell the spinning world what you know. Let’s work together to demystify this fiber and get people spinning!
A great place to start is a beginners’ guide to spinning linen. Do you know the deal with the lingo? When does flax become linen, and where does hemp fit in there? What about all the different types of processing? What’s best for a handspinner? Is water essential for the spinning process? Can you spin linen on a spindle? What’s the best wheel set-up? How much twist does linen like? What happens if you break out of norms and give it more or less twist? What about using linen in nontraditional ways or for textured yarn? How about blends? How do you blend it with other fibers and what fibers work best? Finishing tips and tricks? How does linen wear, and when does it really start feeling soft?
How about some big questions: What’s the joy in spinning linen? Why would a non-linen spinner want to venture here? Let’s convince them! How does spinning linen connect you to the past, and what’s the future of this fiber? How about some history and interesting stories? What are the ecological pluses and minuses of this fiber? In short, if you know linen, we want to know you! Get in touch!
Send your ideas, proposals, projects, and design proposals to email@example.com by March 1, 2017, and we’ll get back to you with a yes or no in April! Final articles and projects due by September 1, 2017.