National Spinning Week

After a couple of weeks of concerted effort on the City and Guilds homework I am now catching up on everything that has been neglected again. I am going to try and stay in roughly chronological order otherwise I will get confused. I shall try not to bombard you with everything all at once πŸ™‚

So first off, the first week of May as well as being the election was National Spinning Week. Our group demonstrated spinning and weaving and showed off some of our creations at Clandon Park (definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area). They very kindly let us take over their visitor room which is a beautifully large room with high ceilings. There is plenty of space to show off things we have made, and for people to look round and ask us questions about what we are doing.

Despite the election excitement and the rather variable weather we had a good steady stream of people come through and see what we were up to.

I love the variety of people you meet at these things, and all the things I learn about, some to do with spinning or other fibre arts, but lots of other things as well. We had several people have a go at spinning on a drop spindle, they were all much faster learners than me! I think it is great that we have the opportunity to share our skills and enthusiasm with so many people at events like these. A lot of fibre arts can be hard to get into if you don’t have a friend or family member who already does them, it may not even occur to you that spinning is something you can have a go at. So these events are a great opportunity for people to see what is involved and ask a lot of questions, and hopefully some may then either join us or their local group, or may be inspired to investigate further something related. I also love it when people bring things to show us. One lady brought some lovely crochet, and another brought a wheel. I had a fabulous time and am looking forward to the next one!

2 thoughts on “National Spinning Week

  1. tutleymutley

    I didn’t know it was spinning week? I didn’t know such a thing even existed!

    But I agree, I too love the people you meet at such events. I’m often amazed when organisers report a dirth of volunteers to man demos. I volunteered to demo spinning for the WSD guild at the Devon County Show – free entrance, the chance to spin all afternoon with interesting interruptions from interested folk – bliss!

    1. Heather Post author

      Not sure about the origins of National Spinning Week I’m afraid.

      Devon County Show sounds great fun. We are very lucky here to be able to demo at quite a wide variety of things too. I love it because I am so nosey πŸ™‚


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