Distaff's Day, also called Rock
traditionally the day that women returned to their work and spinning, many
modern fiber lovers celebrate the holiday by gathering together. Earlier this
week, Liz Good wrote a great post about St. Distaff's Day and
its importance to spinners. Many groups and guilds, like the Hollow Tree Spinners (Illinois and Wisconsin) did
not meet in person but shared their personal fiber pursuits for the day online.
Others, like the Buckinghamshire
Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers, had a regular meeting planned, to which they added Rock
Distaff's Day gatherings were held, large and small, throughout our fiber
community. I love learning about all the unique ways in which different
spinning groups and guilds celebrate their craft. Here are some interesting fiber
folks to tell us more:
|South Jersey Guild of Spinners and Handweavers at Rock Day 2013. Photo courtesy of April Lippet-Faczak.
of the South
Jersey Guild of Spinners and Handweavers shares, "Twenty spinners, weavers, braiders, and
felters, including three new members, came together for a memorable Rock Day on
January 5, 2013, to celebrate our fiber passions. We raised $94 for the Mt.
Holly Library. We shared a meal together and exchanged gifts from the heart. I
wish I could say enough about what a great group of fiber artists we have in
our guild. An amazing collection of talent!"
|The St. Distaff's Day Spin-In in Lake Stevens, Washington. Photo courtesy of Karen Bruggman.
Karen Bruggman of the Northwest Regional Spinners Association
tells us more about the twenty-ninth annual St. Distaff's Day Spin-In
Cavelero Middle High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. "There were
close to three hundred attendees, most with spinning wheels. One
would not think that there could be that many different makers of
spinning wheels. Thirty vendors were selling everything from
fiber to yarn to spinning wheels. The excitement was growing as we drew
numbers for over one hundred door prizes and baskets full of fibery things. At
the end of the day as people were leaving, I saw many hugs as friends parted
until the next spin-in."
|Aubrey couldn't be at Stringtopia for Rock Day. She called the shop, described her dream batt, and the Batt Bar went to work. Here it is, fresh off the carder. Photo courtesy of Shelly Kilgallon.
Franquemont and Shelly Kilgallon, owners of the
new Stringtopia Fiber Arts Studio
Lebanon, Ohio, devised an interesting way for their far-flung fiber community
to participate in the studio's first Rock Day. Shelly says, "We wanted to
do something that would allow us to celebrate with all the friends of
Stringtopia who live far and wide, so we decided to offer our Batt Bar service for
remote call-ins. Our Batt Bar is where the customer gets to go through our two
big huge bins of scrap fiber that we have left over from production and classes
and also one-offs and goof-ups. They hand us their fiber blend selections and
we put them on the drumcarder to create a unique custom-made batt. The calls
were almost nonstop throughout the day, and it was a blast going back and forth
over the phone about colors and textures and inspirations."