[Jenny - spinning teacher extrodinaire]

Jenny - spinning teacher extrodinaire

[Having a morning tea fundraiser for the cancer council]

Having a morning tea fundraiser for the cancer council

[What do spinners have for morning tea ? Sheep cupcakes of course]

What do spinners have for morning tea ? Sheep cupcakes of course

[photograph] [photograph]

Spinning group

I am a member of the NSW spinners and weavers guild, and am currently studying for my certificate of competency in handspinning (a 3 year course). Each week I go along to the spinning group at Annangrove, and once a month attend the weaving group.

It is a very friendly and supportive group, and I thoroughly enjoy the company. It is mainly women, although I have met quite a few male spinners, and ages vary from 20's to 70's. Each week people bring along 'show and tell' items, projects they have been working on, and we will also have a talk on a particular type of fleece (last week was about angora rabbits, the week before on suffolk sheep which I was particularly interested in as my brother and his family have suffolks). I am learning to spin with a drop spindle, which is what was used before spinning wheels were invented.

Spinning is very therapeutic, it is almost like a form of meditation, and I feel so proud being able to make something from scratch.

Posted by Amanda on May 30, 2011 10:30 AM