Spin In for good old yarn
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.