Start the New Year with Spinning

January 2, 2013

This coming Sunday, January 6th, ROC day will be celebrated by the Spinners, Shepherds and Wannabes group meeting at HandMade in America from 10am until 4pm. It is an open gathering, free to all spinners, and those who are simply curious are welcome to stop by and see the spinners in action.

Traditionally, in old England, women did not spin during the twelve days of Christmas. ROC day or St. Distaff’s day, was their day to get back to work, and they certainly made the most of it! The spinners went back to work a day ahead of the weavers, so that they could have plenty of yarn. It was their special day and there were lots of games played. Today, ROC day is celebrated by spinners and weavers as well as other fiber enthusiasts all over the world. It is a gathering of friends with common interests in fibers… a celebration of the New Year, specifically for their art, and a way of paying homage to the past.

As we gather to celebrate the New Year, specifically for spinners, our celebration includes making and sharing “stone soup,” having a grand round show and tell, and teaching each other a variety of tips and tricks.



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