Friday, May 15, 2009

Spinnin' and Drinkin' and Dancin'

and feelin' the love for Queens Council on the Arts!

Last night was the benefit fundraiser for QCA. They invited me to come and do my talent, with my talent being spinning. I have to admit, I was a little doubtful that anyone who was attending a fundraiser that mainly involved styling and profiling and dancing (and drinking) would be interested in getting jiggy with a spindle but the supporters of the arts in Queens proved me wrong!

Here is my brave first victim, I mean, student. He seemed genuinely interested, oddly enough.

This woman was a knitter and immediately admitted that she had been avoiding spinning because she was very afraid of what might happen, the rabbit hole being what it is. When she started asking about plant dyes, I knew I had her. Hee, hee. Another one hooked!

This guy seemed to be feeling very happy. So happy he just had to spin. Actually, he just treadled and I drafted the fibres. Safety first!

Here we have an example of someone who immediately knew how to spin - her hands doing the work they knew how to do before she even knew they knew. Yes, uh-huh! I hooked her up with a spindle and some fleece, big time!

Likewise this woman.

So I would say three confirmed and two maybes. Not bad for a night's work!

1 comment:

angella said...

what a cool and interesting way to spend an evening- teaching/advising/sharing knowledge with fancily-dressed folk. 'specially such an ancient art.

very, very awesome!