TWIST Exhibition

Closing this weekend on Saturday, December 17th. Don’t miss this celebration of spinning!

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area between November 5–December 17, you won’t want to miss TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand, at the Blackrock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland. The concept is the brainchild of independent curator, scholar, and arts educator Jennifer Lindsay. She has spent the last two years developing this multi-faceted exhibition and “happening” about the art and craft of handspinning.

TWIST is an immersive spinning experience where attendees can both observe and participate. The exhibition includes a diverse assortment of fine tools; handspindles, spinning wheels, niddy noddies, and more share the gallery with colorful and unique handspun yarns and projects from innovative fiber artists. Once you are fully stimulated by a retrospective of contemporary spinning, visit the Spin Lab for some hands-on spinning action. Watch demos, experiment with tools, sample a variety of fibers, or, for the uninitiated, learn to spin.

The seed of Jennifer’s passion for spinning germinated at the 2004 SOAR (Spin Off Autumn Retreat), where she purchased her very first handspindle. She says that for her it started with the tools—a carved cherry sun spindle. Through TWIST, she explains, “I am trying to pass on the playfulness and joy and curiosity I experience while spinning to new spinners and share the incredibly inspiring work that so many others are doing in every area of handspinning today.”

Lindsay is funding the exhibition on her own and with donations of materials, time, and gallery space contributed by volunteers, makers, and the host venues. Her wish is that TWIST will travel and grow, continuing to spread the joy of handspinning. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand

Photo courtesy of TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand