Digital PLY Magazine – Year 2
Buy a full calendar year of digital PLY back issues and enjoy a discount.Year 2 contains the long sold-out Silk issue, the Twist issue, the Community issue, and the Worsted issue. Enjoy a full year of spinning knowledge, experimentation, and inspiration.
The Silk issue: This issue has been sold out since 2016 and it’s a treasure trove of silky knowledge for spinners; a go-to resource for answers to questions regarding this staggeringly low-micron-count fiber. Focusing on the 4 most readily available types of silk (Bombyx, Tussah, Muga, and Eri), it delves into twist, sheen, luster, natural dying, ways to spin, structure, stories, and how to deal with just how darn slippery silk is. If you love to spin silk, love silk but don’t love to spin it (yet) or want to love silk, this is the issue!
The Twist issue: Spinning is all about twist. This issue runs from technical to intuitive and back again. It covers what twist is, how to measure it, how to balance it, how to intuit it, how much to put in at what stage, and how to know when enough is enough or too much. Don’t know what effects twist angle has on elasticity, strength, and abrasion resistance? You will soon! What about luster and drape? That’s covered too. Everything about twist is in this issue!
The Community Issue: Spinning is all about community! We thought we’d take an issue to celebrate the amazing spinning community. This issue is full of spinners and their stories. Read about people collaborating on projects, working together, reaching out and spreading the love of spinning. Immerse yourself in Shetland sheep and the communities that support and strengthen it. Learn how to talk about spinning, how to spin to spec, and how to perfectly pair your fiber to your spindle. We are spinners, we are the world, this issue celebrates that!
The Worsted issue: Call it the first draft, call it inchworm, call it worsted, short forward, even call it short backwards, just don’t call it simple! Worsted spinning is varied and complex. This issue probes all the ins and outs of this preparation, draft, and yarn. Full of articles on lock flicking, combs and combing, using hackles for color and texture, how to control your diameter and evenness, which end of the lock you should be spinning from, spinning for a gansey, and a hot button that is not to be missed!