CELEBRATE SPINNING AND WEAVING WEEK


OCTOBER 1-7, 2012


Celebrate Spinning and Weaving WeekSpinning & Weaving Week is an outreach event where talented spinners and weavers join together to celebrate their craft and share it with the public.

Founded by the Weaving and Spinning Council in 1981, and now sponsored by The Handweavers Guild of America, Spinning & Weaving Week is celebrated worldwide through events at local yarn shops, studios, guilds, and fiber festivals.

New to Spinning and Weaving?

Come to a Spinning and Weaving Week event to see live demonstrations of spinning and weaving. You may even get a chance to take a turn behind the loom or wheel! Meet cuddly fiber-producing animals such as sheep, llamas, alpacas and rabbits. Learn where cloth comes from: how to spin, weave, and dye yarn and fabric. All ages are welcome. This is fun and educational event for the whole family.

Here’s a freebie to get you started: the Spinning & Weaving Coloring Sheet(PDF), a cute sheep coloring page with a drawing created by Tomie dePaola, famed children’s book author.

Spinning & Weaving Week is an outreach event where talented spinners and weavers join together to celebrate their craft and share it with the public.

Founded by the Weaving and Spinning Council in 1981, and now sponsored by The Handweavers Guild of America, Spinning & Weaving Week is celebrated worldwide through events at local yarn shops, studios, guilds, and fiber festivals.

Here are links to SWA members who are hosting events:

Host an Event

If you are a fiber artist and want to share your craft with others, you can join the activities your local shop has organized or host your own event. All celebrations help raise awareness about spinning and weaving, no matter how small or informal. SWA has put together ideas to help you plan your own Spinning & Weaving Week event.

From Fiber to Fabric: Spin It! Weave It! You Can Do It!

We hold the future of spinning and weaving in our hands. Spinning & Weaving Week is one opportunity available to us to ensure the growth and prosperity of our market. It allows us to reach out to both spinning and weaving communities and, more importantly, to introduce the general public to the crafts we love.

With this mission in mind, the education committee of SWA has been busy devising a way to create a national identity for Spinning & Weaving Week. Much like what the knit-ins did for the knitting world, our concept should be one that can be carried out in various ways throughout the country to attract new participation in spinning and weaving.

We have come up with a plan to create a fiber-to-fabric celebration that embraces the crafts of weaving and spinning in fun, approachable, and engaging ways. Under the theme of "From Fiber to Fabric: Spin It! Weave It! You Can Do It!” we aim to capitalize on the magical appeal of starting with raw fiber, spinning it, and then weaving it into fabric.

Patterned after the traditional sheep-to-shawl contest, "From Fiber to Fabric: Spin It! Weave It! You Can Do It!” will update this perennial favorite with a series of vibrant events showcasing spinning and weaving. It's not too early to start planning!

Applicable materials (pdf files):

Your "Fiber to Fabric” Event

Just imagine how many people we could reach if every SWA member sponsored an event that centered on the theme of fiber to fabric. Here are a few ideas to get started.

  • Download the cute coloring sheet (pdf) with the drawing created by Tomie dePaola, famed children's book author. At your business or local library, sponsor a reading of dePaola's Charlie Needs a Coat or The Goat in the Rug by
    Charles L. Blood, Martin Link, and Nancy Winslow Parker. The reading could include a coloring contest.
  • Create a display in your business that shows how fiber becomes fabric. You can find some interesting fact sheets about the process on the American Sheep Industry's web site (click on media and then literature).
  • Find a way to get live animals into your store and advertise their appearance. If there is anything that draws a crowd, it is cute, fiber-bearing animals!
  • Ask your local guild to team up with your business and host demonstrations. Consider a shearing "happy hour” on Friday, a spin-in on Saturday, and a make-it-and-take-it weaving event on Sunday!
  • Take it to the streets! Find the busiest place in town, host a traditional sheep-to-shawl event and donate the proceeds to charity.
  • Ask your local school if you can provide an after-school program or a visit during art class.
  • Don't forget to invite the media! Send them a press release with a bit of fluff, yarn, and fabric. It will get their attention and make them more likely to respond. The Handweavers Guild of America site has a few generic sample press releases. This is a trial year for the concept so let us know what you think. We aim to build on this grassroots campaign in the following years and make it a national event! Jane Patrick is the chair of SWA's Education Committee and VP of Sales and Marketing at Schacht Spindle Company.

Ten Steps to a Successful Spinning & Weaving Week Event!

  • Develop a concept for your "Fiber to Fabric: Spin It! Weave It! You Can Do It!” event
  • Decide what, when, and where, and make a timeline
  • Start earlier than you think you should!
  • Make a to-do list for tasks prior to the event and for tasks the day of the event
  • Solicit volunteers
  • Procure necessary materials and equipment
  • Write a press release, send it to the media two weeks prior to your event, and follow-up the week of the event
  • Celebrate your success and plan for next year's celebration!