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 […]

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read … and the movies and TV shows we watch by Julie Beck

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/what-was-this-article-about-again/551603/ This, fascinating article, reminds us that memory takes effort (for most of us).  Since the time of Socrates there has been debate as to whether the written word is a good thing or not.  Often while we are reading and understanding what we are reading we, falsely, believe that we will later recall what […]

Roving Reporter: A Traveler’s Spinning Inspiration: My Handspun Yarn Journal

Article Written By: Kate Larson https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/roving-reporter-travelers-spinning-inspiration-handspun-yarn-journal/ This is a great way of making sure that a time you enjoyed stays with you and if you want to create a piece of that to keep with you then these are amazing steps to help you along that path. From taking your own photos, grabbing pamphlets, and […]