Posts by Ashley Martineau

Ashley Martineau
Ashley Martineau is the author of "Spinning and Dyeing Yarn," and has been spinning art yarn for 10 years - but never the same skein twice! Ashley currently lives near Boston and when she isn't blogging she dabbles in photography, graphic design, painting, knitting and pottery. Her YouTube channel of spinning and fiber art tutorials has had nearly a million views. She is self-taught and still has no idea what she'd major in if she went back to college. Her biggest dream is to live in a small cabin with a panoramic view of the Central Cascade mountains in her home state of Oregon.
Core Spinning 101

Spinning Blog

Tips for Core Spinning Yarn

The core you use determines the inner personality of the yarn you spin. You can use many unique types of cores: elastic thread for a stretchy yarn, craft wire for a sculptural yarn, cotton crochet thread for an unbreakable yarn, novelty yarns, and just plain ugly yarns. It's the perfect way to get rid of ugly yarns in your stash, because the core remains hidden under the fiber. Read on to discover more tips for core spinning yarn!

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Spinning Blog

Be Frugal: 5 Tips for Spinning Yarn on a Budget

I taught myself how to spin when I was newlywed living in a tiny third floor apartment without air conditioning. Being frugal was part of the process. I spun for 7 years before I invested in a drum carder. I still like to find ways to spin gorgeous yarn without breaking the bank. Here are some money-saving tips and tricks for spinning yarn on a budget that I have learned along the way!

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Spinning Blog

Where to Buy Raw Fleece for Spinning

One of the best ways to spin yarn on a budget and support local family farms is to buy raw wool for spinning. Instead of paying several dollars per ounce, you will pay about $10 - $20 dollars per pound average (varies depending on the breed). And by purchasing local, raw fleeces from farmers in your area or online family farms, you are helping these families provide feed and quality medical care for their fiber animals.

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Knitting Blog

Sheep and Wool Festivals: What to Expect

Sheep and wool festivals are great places to get inspired for new projects, shop for local fleeces, and explore the creative artisan talent in your community. This recap of the recent Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival will show you what can expect at fiber festivals, and why it might be worth it for you to attend one in your area. Read more »