Spinning Open Day – March 2017

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What a Brilliant Day!

Our Spinning Open Day had been eagerly anticipated and guild members arrived early to set up the hall at St Oswald’s in Durham to be ready to celebrate the lovely art of spinning fibre.

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By 10 a.m. we were organised with a circle of beautiful spinning wheels and tables of work samples for visitors to view. There is little nicer than the hum of voices, chatter and whirring wheels! Everyone was engaged in conversation and the production of lovely yarns for most of the day. We only stopped to continue the conversations over a shared lunch.

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It was especially nice to welcome a family to the hall where their young daughter showed a keen interest in joining the guild and having a go! As a teenager her enthusiasm was lovely to see and it illustrated just how popular traditional crafts are becoming. It is heartwarming to think that such crafts won’t be disappearing any time soon! It will be great to have new members to join out throng!

Visitors came along and tried out wheel spinning and spindle spinning – there is always someone happy to teach whoever wants to learn! Guild members too tried out new equipment including blending boards and drop spindles. If you are in Durham on a guild Saturday (usually the 3rd weekend) you will be made most welcome – don’t be afraid to open the door and come in!

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