A textile manifesto of sorts

Welcome to my blog about making.  This is where I share my adventures in knitting, spinning, crochet and sewing.

I am passionate about textile hand-crafts.  The skills and practice of textile hand-crafts remind us where we have come from, before mass production and the costing of time.  They connect us with traditions across many cultures.

In making, we place value on the process, not simply the product. We create meaning when we make, enmeshing objects with memories and intentions.

In making, we become more self-reliant, more curious and more connected to our world – we become more than consumers.


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  1. I love your site.
    I began spinning about 18 months ago and it is such an adventure. I knit and currently have a lot of spun wool needing to be used so I have stopped myself spinning more – however the temptation remains and the fleece – gotland, merino, and perendale waits patiently for scouring, carding and spinning…..

  2. Hi, I’m from Ohio in the U.S.A. and an avid fiber junkie. Spinning, knitting, sewing, rug making, wool washing and carding, spun cotton ornaments and many other fiber related crafts are all over my home. I love to buy wool, angora and alpaca fiber right off the shearing table, wash and process it myself. So happy to have found another group of people and your website, that invests time making hand crafted fiber items. Half of what I do is practical and wearable and the other half is just for fun. I also teach young kids to make items from scratch, even dryer lint bird nests decorated with sticks and leaves. The children are always excited to see what one can produce from natural and salvaged products, even the wool skirting. Thanks for a wonderful site and such shared joy. Shirley

    1. So happy to meet you Shirley! Thanks for sharing your crafty interests here. You sound super creative. I am glad you have found Needle and Spindle and look forward to you joining our discussions about posts in Comments. Happy crafting.

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