Gwen Powell

My Bio

Let's see if I can summarize this...

I have been spinning since Mother's Day 1981.  The girl who started me spinning sent me flowers on the 10th anniversary.  I sent her flowers on the 25th anniversary.  Spinning has led to so many positive aspects of my life.  Because of my need to be with other spinners I learned databases on the computer in the DOS days to organize guilds and conference stuff.  Because of my drive to learn I set out on the COE in Handspinning adventure. Achieving that gave me the courage to go back to school and get a BS at 40 years old.  Because of spinning, I learned to talk in front of huge groups, organize meetings and events and motivate others.  I could go on and on.

Spinning ties the things I love together--the colors of my roses, the flies I tie to fish with, the hats I give away on long hikes in the Sierra, the connection to people all over the world.  It opens doors.

Oh yes, I was an angora breeder for 15 years, a parrot breeder for another 15, a rose breeder now.  I have a husband, two grown offspring, two cocker spaniels, one cat, 3 parrots, about 200 roses, countless spinning wheels, looms, charkhas, spindles and misc collections of things.  I spin, dye, weave, crochet, knit, knot, embroider and other needlework, turn wood, fly fish, golf, hike, collect wine and love to cook.  Little ever sits on the back burner.  Oh yeah, I am a self employed software consultant, developer, webmaster, dba and work out fanatic.