Roc Day 2016: Florida and Oklahoma

Spinning in public on Roc Day. Photo courtesy of Five Sisters Spinning Guild.

Spinning in public on Roc Day. Photo courtesy of Five Sisters Spinning Guild.

Spinners in many communities celebrate Roc Day (also called St. Distaff’s Day) in the first few weeks of the New Year. (Learn more about Roc Day.) Traditionally held on January 7th, this spinner’s holiday takes many forms today. Some gatherings are casual, with a few friends meeting over spindles and coffee, while others are more elaborate events.

The Weavers of Char-Lee, a group of fiber artists based in southwest Florida, had a Roc Day to remember. Members held two Roc Day events at different local libraries on January 9th, spreading color and fiber far and wide. They drew a crowd at the Fort Myers Library Plaza while yarn bombing trees and demonstrating spinning and weaving. You can see a bit of their day in a great video by Andrew West. The same day, the guild’s weaving exhibit, Weaving Earth, opened at the Cape Coral Library. The exhibit focuses on “the environment and ways to repurpose for art and useable woven goods.”

Member Roseline Young posted, “What a time we had! This year’s exhibit at the Cape Coral Library drew those interested in the fiber arts as well as library patrons to see Char-Lee Weavers weaving, spinning, and just having a good time immersed in fiber and color as we shared and explained the art that we love.” Weaving Earth will be on display until January 30, 2016.

Guild members gather in Lawton, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Five Sisters Spinning Guild.

Guild members gather in Lawton, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Five Sisters Spinning Guild.

Each January, the Five Sisters Spinning Guild hosts a cheery Roc Day event in Lawton, Oklahoma. They like to celebrate in public, hoping that they will “draw in some newbies and hidden fiberholics.” This year, Laura Stream Wijkowski and Laura¬†Barrett-Oliver organized a gathering at the Percolator, a downtown coffee shop. Guild members spent a happy day with wheels, spindles, knitting, and plenty of coffee. That’s my favorite recipe for a happy, fibery day!

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