Ply Magazine - Issue 28, Spring 2020 Description
The Fur issue is all about those sumptuously soft, heavenly haloed fibers that tempt and (sometimes) torment spinners.
- Do you have trouble working with short, slick fibers?
- Does the idea of prepping, blending, spinning, or dyeing angora thrill and intimidate you?
- Have you ever wanted to (or been asked to) spin the fiber of a beloved pet?
- Are you interested in spinning something so soft it almost feels like it’s not there?
This issue can help. From fiber prep to dyeing to blending to spinning, fur is the focus. A great many knowledgeable spinners came together in this issue to inform and inspire. Whether they focused on cat, dog, possum, chinchilla, wolf, rabbit, or even sea otter, these fibers are gathered, handled, processed, and spun with thoughtfulness, care, and often love. We will always love wool, but there’s something special about fur.
Community: Indie spinner, Tip Jar: How do you control flyaway fibers?, Bazaar
SCENE: Person of Interest: Bronwyn Gallagher: Rachel Anne MacGillivray, Wolf: A howling good time: Chillon Leach, Farewell to a Friend: Amy Manko
EXTRAS: Rabbits: Leslie Samson, The 4 Angora Rabbits: Anna Holden, How to Succeed at Fiber Farming: Debbie Held, Cat: Galina Khmeleva, Dog: Ingrid McMasters, More Than One Way to Spin a Cat: Janice L. Walsh, Wild Things: Judith Mackenzie, Chinchilla: Katia Gorges, A Closer Look at Angora: History and Science, The Coast Salish Woolly Dog: Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa, Adding Angora: Blending to enhance heritage breeds: Patsy Zawistoski, Possum: Shilo Wilkinson, Short and Slick: Stephenie Gaustad
PREP IT: Prepping Short Slippery Fibers with Small Tools: Terri Guerette, Fine Fur Fibers: Roy Clemes, Rabbit Stew: Angora in the dye pot: Kathy Sparks, How Much Is Enough: Angora blending: Donna Kay
SPIN IT: Spinning angora with fingerless mitts project: Sukrita Mahon, Angora cowl, woven with conservatory warp and angora weft: Susan Fricks
PROJECTS: Angora fingerless mitts project: Sukrita Mahon, Angora cowl, woven with conservatory warp and angora weft: Susan Fricks
REGULARS: Sheep on the Edge: Tunis: Amy Manko, Letter from the Editor: Jacey Boggs Faulkner, Coming Soon