We’re rolling up to October, and around here that means just one thing – fiber frenzy! And it’s not just about the fiber itself, it’s about how we use it to create beautiful and unique things to adorn our bodies and our homes. National Spinning and Weaving Week, October 5 – 10, kicks off the month and we celebrate with a wide array of free demonstrations, mini workshops, special discounts and more.
In the spirit of sharing these time-honored arts, we will be featuring daily demonstrations of both weaving and spinning in the store from 11 am – 1 pm. These demos will be free and, we hope, will spark questions and conversation between the weavers and spinners and those watching. A great variety of techniques will be presented – both wheel and drop spindle spinning, floor looms, inkle looms, rigid heddle and more. If you’ve ever wanted to see fleece spun into yarn or watch yarn woven into cloth, come on over and check it out!
And if you’d like to get a taste of new techniques and expand your skills, we will have mini-workshops .covering a wide range of topics. These will run from 3 – 5 pm, Monday – Friday and cost $5 each. Learn how to draft and add just the right amount of twist to the fiber you spin, or try your hand at plying from a center pull ball. And delve into weaving topics from the beginning (determining sett and sley, winding a warp) to the end (hemstitching and edge treatments) of the process. Full workshop descriptions are on our website and you can register online, in the store or by calling customer service at 1-800-367-9327.
The week wraps up with a special event with Dave and Pam van Stralen from Louet North America. On Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10, we will have Louet looms, spinning wheels and drum carders set up for hands-on demonstrations so you can try them and see how well they work. Dave will answer questions about the products and as an added bonus, he will do free tune ups on Louet spinning wheels! And since Louet makes beautiful yarns in addition to the spinning and weaving tools, they will be bringing a trunk show of knitted and crocheted garments for customers to check out and try on. We will have an in-store special sale – buy 4 balls of Louet yarn and get one more free, a great way to run with the inspiration from the trunk show.
We hope you’ll join us for some of the fun activities during Spinning and Weaving Week.