Handweavers’ Spinners’ and Dyers’ Guild of Western Australia

Maki Habib and Ann Miller of the Handweavers’ Spinners’ and Dyers’ Guild of Western Australia, Inc., teach spinning to five visually-impaired people at the Institute for the Blind each week, and the students have all have learned to spin and knit under their instruction. Like many beginners, they believed their first handspun was “strong enough to raise the Titanic” and needed reminders to “caress, not clench” the fibers. One student has developed the refrain “toe, toe, toe” to help her concentrate on treadling. The class prefers to spin alpaca, which, for them, seems to be easier to spin than wool. One student expressed how the “soothing, soporific act of spinning releases endorphins” for her.

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