Spinning and Weaving Week

During the first week in October, we celebrate some of the fabric arts. Spinning and weaving are among the oldest crafts of humankind. Although this holiday is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, it is truly international in scope. Quoting from the HGA Website:  “The crafts of spinning, weaving, dyeing, and basketweaving are as ancient as our history; they are the threads that bind us to our ancestors and to each other. Our crafts know no national boundary. They are a part of the heritage of the world. The Spinning and Weaving Week celebration reflects the truly international membership of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., and the international traditions of our crafts.”

During Spinning and Weaving Week, those who spin and weave come together to not only celebrate their craft but to share it with the public. You can find information on several events at the HGA Facebook page.  If you have anyplace celebrating the colonial way of life near you, there will doubtless be someone demonstrating spinning there. A good place to visit this week.

There is evidence of handspinning as far back as 20,000 years ago. It has typically been a woman’s craft, so it’s extra important to celebrate this contribution to the beauty of life. Last year in Ireland, I visited Killybegs, which used to make really amazing hand woven rugs called Donegal Carpets. They employed dozens of women who hand-knotted fibers at a huge loom. I have great respect for those who spin and weave. The carpets now grace such places as Buckingham Palace and the White House.

So check around your area and see if there are any demonstrations going on this week. At the very least, check out this sheep-filled coloring sheet to celebrate spinning and weaving. Get yours here.

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Quotes about spinning and weaving

To care about weaving, to make weavings, is to be in touch with a long human tradition. We people have woven, first baskets and then cloth, for at least ten thousand years. This book will give you many ways to become connected with that tradition.–Phylis Morrison

From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts.–Honore de Balzac

I have learned that each and every piece of cloth embodies the spirit, skill, and personal history of an individual weaver. . . . It ties together with an endless thread the emotional life of my people.–Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.–Henry Ward Beecher

You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out.–Martha Graham

Today, most women … go through catalogs or department stores to buy clothes instead of shearing sheep, carding wool, and weaving cloth for skirts and coats and blankets.–Helen Fisher

In Old Europe and Ancient Crete, women were respected for their roles in the discovery of agriculture and for inventing the arts of weaving and pottery making.–Carol P. Christ

Be the best basket weaver in the world. Throw your heart and soul into it.–Dean Karnazes

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!–Walter Scott

I do regard spinning and weaving as a necessary part of any national system of education.–Mahatma Gandhi

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