Worldwide Spin in Public DayUnited States and Canada

Worldwide Spin in Public Day-United States and Canada.

As you might have heard, September 21, 2013, was Worldwide Spin in Public Day (WWSIP Day). I heard back from so many amazing groups around the world about their events! Last week's Spinner's Connection story included events in Poland, Hungary, and Germany. Here are a few of the groups that were out in public with their wheels and spindles in North America.

Amy spent time in her booth spinning and talking to visitors about all things fiber. Photo: Scott Manko.

Amy Manko in Pennsylvania.

Amy and her family operate the Ross Farm in Washington County, Pennsylvania. They were among the exciting vendors at New York's Finger Lakes Fiber Festival during WWSIP Day. Amy spent the day in her booth spinning and sharing her love of all things wool. Amy sent shared this photo of her booth at the festival where she is spinning Cheviot roving that she dyed with cochineal and talking with visitors. The family keeps a flock with seven breeds and various crosses on their farm, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been in the family since 1910. You can see Amy's washed Leicester Longwool locks, Cheviot rovings, and naturally dyed fibers on her Etsy shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiber artists out in public in Vancouver, B.C. Photos courtesy of Sharon Kallis.

Sharon Kallis of Urban Weaver in Vancouver, Canada.

Urban Weaver Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, celebrated WWSIP Day by gathering in public to spin, knit, crochet, and do a little fiber prepping. Urban Weaver and environmental artist Sharon Kallis started a series of natural dyepots, and fellow local artist Todd Devries was also at the event braiding and twisting cedar bark. The group meets weekly at MacLean Park in Vancouver where they have been growing and processing flax. The Urban Weaver Project was started as a joint effort between the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Stanley Park Ecology Society to explore the repurposing of urban green waste. The flax project has sparked much interest in the local community. Follow this interesting group of fiber artists on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWSIP Day from Kim's perspective behind her wheel. Photo: Kim Day.

Kim Day of Red Rope Farm in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.

Fiber artist and farmer Kim Day spent WWSIP Day at the Honey Festival, hosted by a local church. Kim took her wheel along and talked to interested visitors about spinning and fiber arts. Kim and her husband Dave own Red Rope Farm and raise traditional-style Tunis sheep. Follow Kim on the Red Rope Farm Facebook page to see what she does with her wonderful fibers!

 

Visit the Worldwide Spin in Public Day Facebook page to see more pictures and stories posted by spinners around the world.

 

 

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