Worldwide Spin in Public DayWales and Sweden

As you might have heard, September 21, 2013, was Worldwide Spin in Public Day (WWSIP Day). So many amazing groups around the world sent me news of their events! You can see how spinners in North America celebrated the day in last week's post, and Poland, Hungary, and Germany are featured the previous week. Here are a few more of the groups that were out in public with their wheels and spindles.

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 galemuch too cold. Next they tried a public shopping areamuch too crowded. This year, they finally had a 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.


Rose-Marie (left) organized a WWSIP event in Sweden. Photo courtesy of Rose-Marie Jensen. 

 Rose-Marie Jensen in Kungälv, Sweden.

Rose-Marie Jensen is a member of a Facebook group for spinners called Spinnare. It was through this online group that a WWSIP Day gathering was organized at a library in Kungälv, on the west coast of Sweden. Rose-Marie and her fellow spinners sat in a sunny window in the library and talked with library visitors about handspinning in Sweden, past and present. Rose-Marie shared this about her day: "I had planned to have three spinning wheels and various fibers to show that the same old craft continues to live and develop, not only in Sweden but in the world. We had one spinning wheel made 1880, an electric spinner, and a brand-new spinning wheel of new material. The fibers we used were wool, a dyed wool/silk blend, and fiber from a dog. When we started our wheels, many children and adults came up to us. It was the family Saturday at the library. The children asked about and felt the wool, and wanted to try the spinning wheels. The local newspaper was there, and I got the opportunity to talk about the WWSIP Day. The hours went by so fast that the camera barely was used. I learned that children want to know more about why yarn doesn't fall apart into fibers, and one child thought about whether it was good or bad that the electric spinner needed electricity. The adults had so many memories about spinning. It was a good day not only for us in Swedenwe can´t wait for 2014."


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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