Fiber & Fashion Stories

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Alpaca Festival in Sierra Vista

Alpaca festival at the local Alpaca ranch celebrates natural lpaca, Angora goat and rabbit fibers, f…

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Hoof to Hanger: How Alpaca Fleece Becomes Clothing

The steps include: alpaca sheering; skirting or removal of debris; scouring (washing) fleece; dyeing…

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Sari Silk Pillow Fashioned on a Rigid Heddle Loom: Part II

Sari silk pillow woven with mercerized cotton yarn and embellished with cotton lace. It can be decor…

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Sari Silk Pillow Fashioned on a Rigid Heddle Loom: Part I

Cotton lace embellished sari silk pillow features handwoven pillowcase using silk fabric and a merce…

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How to Make Side Slant Pockets: A Comprehensive Tutorial

Step-by-step tutorial on how to make side slant pockets. These pockets are very comfortable, and fit…

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Knitting Needle Size Conversion Chart

A chart of knitting needle sizes in millimeters and their corresponding codes used in the US, UK, an…

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How to to Draft a Basic Bodice Pattern (Sloper) Quickly and Efficiently

How many times have you drafted a bodice pattern following instructions, only to have your head spin…

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Master List of Knitting Abbreviations

A sortable and searchable table of abbreviations and acronyms used by hand and machine knitters. A U…

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Glossary of Spinning Terms

Term Description Batt A wide, rolled-up bundle of carded fleece that unrolls into a blanket. Bench A…

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Crochet Abbreviations, Definitions, and Explanations

A master list of the most common crochet abbreviations with descriptions and explanations: reference…

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Key Points in Sewing Pattern Making

Mode, material, and measurements are the three basic concepts (3 Ms) of pattern making.

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Kitchen Design Mistakes and Solutions

Kitchen design mistakes, such as protruding fridge, inadequate lighting, low cabinets, trendy kitche…

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