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Spinning

Spinning

There are a number of spinners within the Guild who meet regularly (see Programme page). Those interested in learning how to spin can get informal tuition through the Spinning Group.

The Guild holds a wide range of spinning equipment which is available for hire. This includes spinning wheels, bobbins, hand carders and lazy kates. Often for a beginner this is the most cost- effective way of trying out the craft before laying out any expenses.

The Guild also has a drum carder available which prepares fibre for spinning in a larger quantity than hand carders. The spinning materials are either obtainable through the membership, or details are listed on the Guild's Notice Board which is displayed at each monthly meeting. Through either of these means, it is possible to obtain fleece, silk, cotton, linen and bamboo, as well as luxury fibres, such as angora, mohair and alpaca, and also synthetic fibres.

Spinning of animal, plant and synthetic fibres, holds a great attraction for Guild members, and a reference file has been started in which members are encouraged to provide samples of the diverse fibres they use.

The Guild Library collection carries some very useful reference resources in the way of books and pamphlets which may be loaned to members.