Entries by Jessica Cook

January Vlog with Jacey and Jillian

In this quarter’s vlog, Jillian and Jacey discuss the Winter 2021 Head and Hands issue, starting with the things they love most from this issue. Jacey does some modeling of the gloves and mittens she especially enjoyed. Jillian shares the businesses that contributed to this issue: fiber, tools, and wheels. Which wheel does Jillian really […]

Spinning for a Durable Pair of Mitts

words and photos by Rebecca Roy Whenever spinners discuss making yarn that can stand up to a great deal of wear, it is usually in the context of socks. I often feel like making a confession … I have never finished knitting a pair of socks. It’s never interested me. Phew, I feel better now […]

Recent Textile Discoveries in Archaeology

Archaeologists have made some textile discoveries in the past year that are of interest to spinners and clothmakers. In Turkey, at a rather large Stone Age settlement known as Çatalhöyük, cloth was found in 1962. It took decades of discussion and new data and discoveries to determine if the cloth was made from wool or […]

Comfort Fiber

words by Sylvia Smith I write this while enjoying a cornucopia of natural offerings brought on by changing seasons. These seasonal changes have caused me to shift my focus from outdoor activities back to my fiber arts pursuits. My link to emotional quietude has been through fiber. Specifically, I am working through the home study […]

How to Navigate a Rut in Your Creative Life

words by Jess Cook As I type this, my spinning wheel sits in a corner of my home office, gathering dust. I can’t tell you the last time I spun anything at all, let alone a whole skein – and I work for PLY! I’m surrounded by inspiration from all of you, and our amazing […]

Write for our Spring 2023 Issue!

The Mood Board for our Spring 2023 issue is here: The Science issue! Do lab-made or lab-perfected fibers, such as Tencel, rayon, bamboo, faux cashmere, or Angelina get your brain and fingers excited? Can you tell us how they are made and exactly what they are? How to spin them to best effect? Do they […]

Ads are on sale for our Summer 2022 issue!

Our Summer 2022 issue theme is “Mix” and we are mixing up all kinds of fun for this issue! We’ve got fiber blends, neon colors, and how-tos galore. If you’d like to advertise in that issue, we have a few spots available now! Our ad rates start as low as $125/issue for a Bazaar ad, […]

From Ewe to Ewe by Katherine McRose

Today’s guest post has been written by Katherine McRose of Right Choice Shearing. Projects made by fiber arts are one of the purest forms of crafting. Each movement of the needle, delicate weave, or race of the shuttle is done out of passion, but that’s far from where the love starts. It doesn’t begin at […]