Club to spin a yarn on Saturday

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The Otago Spinning & Weaving Association is running a series of social get togethers for fibre crafts people this year.

The series of events, which began in June, will include a spinning, carding and blending day on Saturday.

Later in the year, there will be days devoted to dyeing (October 26) and felting (November 23).

The all-day workshops, which will run from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays, aim to give fibre craft people in Otago, as well as those interested to start working with wool and other fibres, an opportunity to get together to share ideas and experiences.

The Otago Spinning & Weaving Association often hosts classes led by experts, but such events can be limited to a small group with a high skill level.

When spinners or weavers, with varying skill levels, work alongside each other, good things happen – fun, friendship and education.

Those taking part all go away enthusiastic to try new things.

Taieri Spinners & Weavers is hosting the day and has some equipment, such as carders, that can be used – they request that only clean washed fibre is used on the drum carder.

There will also be plenty of space for people to bring their own loom or knitting along, as well as sales and swap tables.

Association member Frances Harrington said people who have a spinning wheel sitting quietly, unused, in a corner, would be welcome to bring it along and learn how to get started with spinning.

“Many of us love the qualities of wool and believe we should be making better and more use of it,” she said.

“When you start spinning you soon learn about the different kinds of wool and how to work to make the most of them.

“It is easy to wash raw wool at home, producing good fertiliser for the garden, and just as easy to dye it permanently using food colouring dyes.

“And the satisfaction from making a garment from the fleece up is huge.”

The Otago Spinning & Weaving Association event on Saturday is open to all, at a cost of $10 for non-members.

Morning and afternoon teas are provided – lunch is BYO.

The location for all the days is the Mosgiel Presbyterian Church in Church Street, Mosgiel.

If you think this sounds like fun – come along and join us on Saturday at the Mosgiel Presbyterian Church.

Please RSVP to Sarah at spinner875@gmail or 489-4876.