Knot the Usual Suspects by Molly MacRae

I love the yarn bombing! The characters are still quirky and wonderfully enjoyable. The murder came at the half-way point of the book, it almost seemed forced. The solving of the murder was interesting but sort of rushed and forced feeling. It is unfortunate, but probably for the best, that MacRae stopped writing this series […]

Traditional Textile Creation and the Shrinking World by Joshua Hirschstein

http://thrumsbooks.com/traditional-textile-creation-shrinking-world/?utm_source=Mielke%27s+Fiber+Arts+Newsletter&utm_campaign=57bf88a725-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1c69f401ff-57bf88a725-107039657&mc_cid=57bf88a725&mc_eid=92603a0e99 I love this quote: “In our naiveté, Maren and I had believed that we could both select textiles and avoid impacting the artists’ creative expression. (No doubt we also made inaccurate assumptions about the naiveté of hill tribe businesspeople.)” *The act of supporting an artisan is the act of influencing their processes.  Even if […]

In Remembrance of Patrick Greene by Deb Menz

https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/remembrance-patrick-green/?k=Z4TU9k51HQPZ7E7tpc5gHD%2BEBLk%2FKMQWPWrbm7q01XA%3D&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=spd-tsa-nl-180205 This is a great article that memorializes a man that created wonderful drumcarders.  Deb Menz obviously had a great deal of respect for Patrick Greene and will miss him.  It was wonderful to hear that he spent a lot of time developing and prototyping his carders before putting them out on the market. I […]

Angora Myths and Facts by Denise Williams

https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/angora-myths-facts/?k=Z4TU9k51HQPZ7E7tpc5gHD%2BEBLk%2FKMQWPWrbm7q01XA%3D&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=spd-tsa-nl-180205 This is a great article detailing some of the misconceptions about angora.  Personally since I found out that I love spinning silk slippery has never been a concern of mine.  I still have to hang on like a maniac sometimes when the silk wants to get away from me, but spinning from the fold […]

Choose Your Own Adventure: How Would You Spin This Hand-Dyed Fiber? by Elizabeth Prose

https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/spin-hand-dyed-fiber/?k=Z4TU9k51HQPZ7E7tpc5gHD%2BEBLk%2FKMQWPWrbm7q01XA%3D&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=spd-tsa-nl-180205 This is a nice post, promoting a purchase from interweave of course, that shows graphically how different yarns spun from the same fiber can be depending on the spinner and the choices that they make.  I really enjoyed this article and am considering taking up the challenge laid out within.

The unexpected role librarians are playing in Sacramento’s homeless crisis By Cynthia Huybert

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article197270849.html This is an interesting article detailing one of the main issues facing librarians today, how do we respectfully and safely deal with the homeless and mentally ill.  I appreciate hearing that there are organizations trying to teach librarians “mental health first aid” so that they are capable of dealing with major events as they […]