Rocky Mountain Weaver’s Guild (Colorado)

Spindling in the car (while her husband drives) has become one of the favorite activities for Anita Deen, a member of the Rocky Mountain Weaver’s Guild (Colorado). She creates spindle-spun projects to work on only in the car when she rides as a passenger. Tanya Swegler, another member, finds spindle spinning a calming activity to pick up when she is wide awake at 2:00 a.m. During midnight sessions with her bottom-whorl spindle and the organic cotton roving she was spinning, she found herself reflecting on the source of the fiber. Her home town is Lubbock, Texas, in the middle of Cotton Country, and she remembered the wide-open flat lands during harvest time looking “like vast blankets of snow in a region where snow is very rare.” She thought, “Maybe the cotton in my hand has come from fields that I have driven past. Images of those fields danced through my head. . . . As the spindle whirled silently in front of me, bulging-thick and filament-thin cotton thread flowed through my fingers while thoughts of home spun in my mind.” Both members contributed samples of their yarn in the group’s Shuttle Scuttle newsletter, whose byline is “extending our fiber connections.”

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