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Behind The Scenes: 45th Annual Spinning Seminar at The Mannings

This week has mostly been filled with exciting preparation for this year’s Spinning Seminar at The Mannings in East Berlin, PA. This was my second year taking part in the demonstrations, and my first year handling a demo booth by myself. Except that I wasn’t alone, because Rob was there to help, thank goodness!

A bit about The Mannings: it’s been around for over 40 years, offering amazing fiber arts classes, a huge selection of books, tools, and yarn… and tremendously inspiring Spinning and Weaving showrooms, where you can try out various brands, configurations, and styles of wheels and looms. SO exciting to go there, y’all. I love it.
Being asked to demonstrate in a place with this sort of staff, equipment, and knowledge? Highly complimentary!

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If you know me, you know I LOVE to teach. It really thrills me to see people catch fire with excitement about what they’re seeing – when the creative light goes on, they light up all over. It’s magical. Being asked by Arlene of Spin Artiste to cover the entire booth was quite the honor, and I really appreciated the chance to show off what I love to do and see people shine with the zing of creative energy when they came to the booth.
It was also really great to know that some people were looking forward to seeing the Artistic Yarns booth again, and some people had even recognized me from my videos! A couple of the highlights of the day included showing a spindler how to spin coils and spiral ply on a spindle, and showing folks how to corespin. I also showed the Pluckfluff method of tailspinning long locks using a mohair commercial yarn to trap the locks, and that definitely got the attention of some folks.

Spinning coils and beehives at the Spinning Seminar.

Spinning coils and beehives at the Spinning Seminar.

I really loved seeing people get excited by the table of finished objects and stand-alone yarns, too! There were some really great examples, including several types of weaving using artistic handspun, fingerless mitts with cuffs made from lockspun bulky yarn, and gorgeous tailspun pieces that really thrilled the crowd. I made sure to bring my paper shred yarn and as many examples of spinning styles as possible. Items featured included pieces created by Arlene Ciroula of Spin Artiste, Esther Rodgers of Jazzturtle Creations, and Debra Lambert of Picasso’s Moon Yarn Shop.

I wish I could have had more photos of all the people I saw on Saturday, but alas, you just get to see me spinning and some pics of the booth. It was a glorious day, in a gorgeous setting with wonderful people, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share a love for what I do!

Immense thank yous to The Mannings, Tom Knisely, Arlene Ciroula, and Rob L.

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