Yesterday I spent the day demonstrating spinning with members of the Weaver's Guild of Kalamazoo. I've been a member for a couple of years and I enjoy opportunities to spin in public and educate the community. It's a different sort of a day doing this versus demonstrating spinning while selling my product.
Sometimes, it's nice to step away from being a salesperson and just be an artist. Wait! What did I just say? Yeah, I can't help myself and I am always promoting my farm and it's products...it's in my blood.
Anyways, instead of taking my wheel I brought my collection of drop spindles. It's hard to believe that just a couple of years ago I didn't even know how to spin and now I am teaching others the art of spinning. I used two of my new spindles, the Trindle and my new Top Whorl. I am in love with both of these spindles. Their spin time, balance and over all beauty are just amazing.
On my Trindle, I was spinning a wool blend that was given to me at the Michigan Fiber Festival when I bought the Trindle. It drafts great and has a nice look. I can already tell that I am going to be spending a lot of time with this spindle.
My new top whorl, crafted by Ken Ledbetter, is so beautiful. Again, it has beautiful balance and a nice spin time along with being stunning to look at. I decided to spin from my Boromir batt. Now if only I could wrap the yarn all pretty on the shaft like other spinners do.
The festival was great. I loved watching the Highland Games, enjoying the men in their kilts, listening to the bagpipes and watching the dancers. It was a gorgeous afternoon to spend spinning and enjoying that part of my Scottish heritage that runs somewhere in the family tree. No, I don't intend to weave the Morrison tartan anytime soon although the colors would be spectacular to work with.
I do have to give a big Huzzah to the ladies who participated in the games too. I don't think I could whip those long posts very far like they did.