Our theme of Place is big and varied. It can be so many things. Perhaps it’s the space you love to spin in; a fiber-destination you remember or dream of; a fiber that only comes from one place; spinning techniques firmly attached to a region, even if they’ve traveled beyond that locale; how to travel with your spinning . . . we want it in this issue.
What brings to mind a place? With the internet connecting us to everywhere, each place we live or visit is unique, and there are some things that can’t be conveyed in bytes or on computer screens.
Are there things in your favorite spinning places that make it unique and special to you? Teach us about them. Can you, and if so, how do you capture a place in yarn? If you were to design a yarn to evoke a place special to you, how would you do it?
Tell us about place-specific sheep, fiber, dyes, wheels, and spinning styles:
- Are there sheep or other fiber animals that are specific to a place or area?
- Plants for dyeing? How the water of a place affects dyeing?
- Breeds or fiber blends in commercially prepped fiber (Tasmanian Comeback, anyone?)
- A style of wheel or spindle you’ve discovered that’s unique to a place?
Spinners love to travel and spin while we do it. How do you capture your travels with your spinning? What do you do with yarns you’ve spun while traveling? Spinning in a different place can open us up to new things. How do you use the freedom that a new place offers in your spinning? Does it make you more creative? Do you spin more? Are you able to finally get new techniques that have eluded you? Tell us about your festivals, retreats, workshops, and classes.
Do you have the ultimate spinning travel kit for a wheel or spindles? Do you shop when you travel? How do you find spinning things when you travel? What do you bring home to remind you of a place? Fiber, yarn, a spindle, even a wheel? Do you use something to keep track of your explorations, your spinning? Tell us about your travel spinning journal.
What says place to you?
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