The Illinois Prairie Spinners find new ways to get creative

One way to increase creativity in our spinning is by actively enlisting our minds. The topic of the Illinois Prairie Spinners March meeting was entitled "Whole Brain Spinning." Participants shared supplies and equipment to experiment with different techniques and different fibers on their spinning wheels. Learning and creating yarn under these conditions can improve the way our brains work. A look at the creative process took place in January when members brought a stubborn skein or stalled project to be reviewed under the guidance of member Patsy Zawistoski, a recipient of the Handweaver's Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. In February, member Maggie Kruser led the group in spinning cassette tapes and plastic grocery bags by cutting them into continuous strips and using a lightweight yarn as the core and binding with sewing thread. How has your guild stirred the creative juices to expand your spinning repertoire?

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