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The Wednesday Spinners: 38 great years at Common Ground!


The Wednesday Spinners have been spinning together as a group at the Common Ground Fair since 1977. These gutsy Downeast women spin every Wednesday at each other’s homes sharing a pot of soup and lots of fascinating discussion. 

This year, 2016, is Wednesday Spinners’ year of flax and linen as well as a few other local bast fibers. One hundred fifty years ago, flax was grown and processed on family farms throughout Maine and the Northeast. Almost every home had a spinning wheel to spin linen for everything from christening gowns to burial shrouds.

The Wednesday Spinners have revisited this tradition, and on Saturday they will take you through the whole process from flax seed to cloth. On Sunday they will have a workshop on spinning dogbane, another bast fiber. Come and see what all those sharp-pointed, spinney, cranky things are that you see in junk shops and yard sales. The spinners are so excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with you.

In addition to demonstrating bast fibers, this group of over 20women ranging in age from 8 to 80 plans to demonstrate methods of wool preparation, carding, spinning on wheels and drop spindles, knitting, weaving, dyeing and blending continuously throughout the three days of the Fair.  They will bring antique flax wheels, antique walking wheels and modern wool spinning wheels.

Throughout all three days, all spinners – young and old, experienced and novice – are invited and encouraged to spin at the Wednesday Spinners Tent. Bring your wheel or drop spindle and some fiber to spin, and join in the centuries-old art of spinning together.

Cynthia Thayer

Wednesday Spinners Coordinator




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