Spin In for good old yarn

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Esme Lawrence’s spin­ning wheel has done a bit of mileage.

The Mata­mata woman, her friend Dianne Wise and about 40 oth­ers turned out for the first Mata­mata Tower Spin­ners and Weavers Spin In Day at Hin­uera Hall last week.

The event, which at­tracted craftswomen from all over in­clud­ing Toko­roa, Ro­torua, Mt Maun­ganui and lo­cals from Mata­mata, saw guest speaker Bar­bara Wil­son talk about cob­web scarfs and the his­tory of Mata­mata spin­ning.

The spin­ning group orig­i­nated in the early 1960s and in­cluded Lawrence and Wise.

Lawrence said she has had her spin­ning wheel for 52 years.

‘‘It was made by an Ital­ian man in a tin shack with dirt on the floor. It’s a beau­ti­ful wheel though. It was made with no screws. I just love it. When­ever I spin, I think of him. He couldn’t speak much english,’’ Lawrence said.

A small plaque iden­ti­fies the wheel as be­ing made by an A Mec­chia, of Waikato Turn­ery.

Lawrence said she never knew his first name. ‘‘I just called him Mr Mec­chia. He was such a nice man, I can see him now, all wrin­kled. He put his heart into ev­ery­thing he made.’’

Wise has been


the spin­ners and weavers group since it was es­tab­lished, but Lawrence has only re­cently re­turned af­ter she left to go to Teach­ers Col­lege some years ago.


CRAFTY: Mata­mata Tower Spin­ners and Weavers mem­bers Dianne Wise, left, and Esme Lawrence at the club’s first Spin In Day, at Hin­uera Hall.

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