World Wide Spin in Public Day this Saturday

 

Each year, handspinners take to the streets on the third Saturday of September to share their craft in public. That means that World Wide Spin in Public Day 2015 is this Saturday, September 19th. Everyone near and far is invited by the organizers to spin in public on their own or to join a SIP (spin in public) gathering. You can find a list of SIP events on the official website, where you can also add your own SIP event to the list. Many spinners also participate in the WWSIP Day Facebook group.

 

In the last few years, Spinner's Connection has followed SIP events from Wales to Quebec, Poland to Baltimore. We are always looking to include as many communities of spinners as possible. If you would like to have your 2015 World Wide Spin in Public Day event featured on the blog, contact me at katelarsontextiles@gmail.com. Go forth and spread the fiber-love!

 

 

Flashback to World Wide Spin in Public Day 2013

Guild members used traditional and modern spinning wheels, as well as spindles to share handspinning with museum visitors in Wales. Photo: Kate Santon.

 

Kate Santon of the Llŷn Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers in Penygroes, Wales.

In the last few years, the members of the Llŷn Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers have tried valiantly to have the perfect WWSIP Day. One year they took their wheels to Caernarfon Castle and were met with a freezing gale-much too cold. Next they tried a public shopping area-much too crowded. This year, they finally hada perfect, sunny day spinning in public. The location was "bang on" as spinner Kate Santon said. Guild members spent the day spinning and talking with visitors at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, in north Wales. They settled in an area of the museum with quarrymen's houses that are furnished to depict three different eras of the Welsh slate industry. As museum visitors explored the cottages, guild members chatted with them about fiber preparation and spinning for different textiles, while spinning Welsh wools. See more wonderful images from the day on the guild's website. Kate also posted images from this grand day out on her own blog, including images from around the museum.

 

 

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