Worldwide Spin in Public DaySweden and Quebec


Spinners were out in force on September 20th, this year's Worldwide Spin in Public Day (WWSIP). Pictures of spinners out and about are popping up from around the world.


Spinning in public at Väv. Photo courtesy of Barbro Heikinmatti.

SwedenBarbro visits Väv 2014

WWSIP coincided with Sweden's thirteenth Vävmässaan international gathering of weavers, vendors, and other textile artists organized by Svenska Vävrådet. Also simply called Väv (the Swedish word for weave), the event is held every third year, changing locations around the country. Väv 2014 was held in Umeå, one of Europe's capitals of culture this year. Spinners demonstrating on September 20 had a great time-here you can see Gunnar Hagdahl, Britt-Marie Larsson, Monica Egelby, and Elaine Lindkvist spinning away and chatting with visitors. Barbro Heikinmatti (whom you may know as Hillevi3 on Ravelry) stopped spinning long enough to snap some pictures of their day.




Amélie and her spinning friends enjoyed a fibery day together. Photo courtesy of Celine Paquette.

QuebecAmélie's happy gathering in Ripon

Artist and cashmere producer Amélie Blanchard gathered with spinning friends in Ripon, Quebec, for a sunny WWSIP event. When Amélie learned to spin in 2010, she found that Quebec needed a major fiber festival of its own. So she set out to create such an event and the Twist Festival was born. She and a team of dedicated folks host over one hundred vendors and a great group of instructors each year. You can read more of the story and see Amélie at work in her studio on the Spin Artiste website



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