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Here is a place for you to come to ask questions about spinning, natural dying, and knitting! Stefania Isaacson (Stefie) is a recipient of the COE in Handspinning from the Handweaver's Guild of America. She is also an avid natural dyer. She has a business selling knitting kits of her own wonderful patterns that include her own beautiful natural dyed handspun yarns. Stefie has graciously offered to answer your questions about spinning, natural dying, and knitting.

Before you send your question to Stefie, please review the questions she has answered by using the links below - she may already have an answer for you!

Please restrict your questions to spinning, *natural* dyeing (i.e. dyeing with plant matter or bugs using natural mordants), and knitting techniques, yarn choice, and design. Stefie does not use chemical dyes and cannot advise you about them.

Stefie has received quite a few questions about stain removal, bleach stains, re-dyeing of clothes, carpets, etc. with chemical dyes and restoring antique carpets and clothing. We are not qualified to answer these types of questions. Your best bet is to consult with a good dry cleaner or local expert. When dealing with antique textiles you can contact local historical societies, musuems, and knowledgeable antique dealers.

Regarding questions about knitting abbreviations, every pattern that we've ever seen has an index of abbreviations. If this is not enough, there are many good books out there that do give knitting instruction and abbreviations. If you have gotten your pattern off the web, and it does not include an index of abbreviations, please contact the author of the pattern via their web site to have your questions answered. They would probably appreciate knowing they overlooked including this information with their pattern.

To ask Stefie a question, all you have to do is to post an e-mail to Stefie and I will put your question and her answer here (as well as send her answer via e-mail to you). That way we all can learn from your questions.

Stefie has covered the following topics:

  • Spinning Questions
  • Knitting Questions
  • Dyeing Questions
  • Garment Care
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