Now is the Time! Spinzilla team host sign-ups are happening through August 21, 2016. Don’t miss this great opportunity to energize your spinning customer base and bring new spinners into your shop!
In its fourth year, Spinzilla brings spinners from around the world together, in virtual or actual community, to celebrate their common love of making yarn by hand. As of mid-July, there are over 30 teams registered from around North America and from as far away as Bolivia and the UK! Who knows where the rest of the teams will come from? Register now to get your team’s name on the roster - this is the time to get the word out about your team sponsorship to get your spinning community energized!
Who should sponsor a team?
If you own any type of business related to handspinning, Spinzilla is the event for you. From indie dyers to wheel and spindle makers, shop owners and wholesalers, if you’ve got products for spinners then you can put together a team. Use this as an opportunity to bring your customers together to form a community - and don’t forget to offer your team members a special discount or members-only product for participating!
Form your team:
There’s a lot of information about becoming a team host on the Spinzilla Website – check out http://www.spinzilla.org/teams/host-team/ for all the information you need to get your shop on the Team Roster. Any TNNA member of the Spinning & Weaving Group may form a team - just sign up and pay the registration fee and you’re on your way. Make sure you look through all the resources available on the Spinzilla website – there is a wealth of information available, such as the informative blog and engaging blog tours, team information, as well as an extensive FAQ that will help answer any questions you may have.
How to get spinners involved
One of the best parts of Spinzilla is that, by spinning the massive amounts of yarn and spending concentrated time at the spinning wheel, spinners improve their technique. You can help them monster-up their skills by hosting events, workshops, and spinning nights. Spending time planning these sessions – whether casual or with a topic or skill to learn and practice – will reap rewards: Spinners love spinning together and will be glad for opportunities to gather and learn. This is a valuable opportunity to discover what spinners want to learn and what products they want, to get to know your spinning community and what excites them.
Shops and other team hosts may also gather together to organize bigger events for their local team and Rogue Spinners. In 2015, the Colorado-area teams coordinated a Spinzilla Spin In at the Denver Art Museum. Not only was this a fun way to gather for spinning and friendly competition, it was a great way to engage the public with demonstrations and conversation about a vibrant art! By sharing your love of spinning with the public, you can continue to draw people into the fiber arts!
Big events are fun – and so are more intimate ones! Host open spinning sessions during Spinzilla week for your team and any other team or rogue spinners who can make it. Sharing a potluck meal, having gift drawings, show-and-tell, and short competitions during the gatherings will keep people excited and engaged while they are spinning yard after yard of yarn.
By spending time planning and thinking of the types of events that you enjoy and that reflect your shop’s gestalt, you will be well on your way to bringing in and engaging with the spinning community in your area.
Remember, the fun doesn’t need to end when Spinzilla is done. Spinners will be eager to share their excitement and Spinzilla experiences - showing off their miles of spun yarn and the garments and accessories they have made. You can help continue the afterglow by hosting a Show and Tell time, putting a Fashion Show with select items in your front window or on display in your shop, or hosting a knit-night focusing on patterns that use and highlight hand-spun yarn.
Spinning for a Cause
Spinzilla’s not just for fun - it’s also for a good cause: 100% of each spinner registration fee is donated to the NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP), which since 2014, has included Spinning and Weaving in its program offerings, along with knitting, crochet, counted thread, embroidery, and needlepoint. Since 2014 alone, the number of children spinning through the help of NAMP materials is over 900 - all thanks to the handspinning community’s donations in Spinzilla!
We hope that you join in the fun this year and help continue the groundswell of love for handspinning!