Group of spin­ners come for Big Day Out spin-in

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HATTAN

Spin­ning is a great pas­sion for Ethel Gray, but she’s been do­ing it so long she can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly when she be­gan.

The Mata­mata woman first si­dled up to a wheel some time dur­ing the 1960s. She’s since passed that pas­sion and knowl­edge onto her niece Karen McLeay.

The pair were among 60 other spin­ners, weavers and gen­eral crafters at the Big Day Out spin-in at Hin­uera Hall on June 11. Ethel said she at­tended a spin­ning evening class held by Bar­bara Wil­son af­ter a pain­ter sold her her first wheel.

Be­ing a home science teacher and on a sheep farm at the time meant there was no end to fleece and plenty of young minds to in­spire.

Karen said there was a lot to learn with spin­ning, but once learnt, it’s ‘‘like an ad­dic­tion’’.

The pair also find the craft a great way to meet new peo­ple while also tak­ing time for them­selves to re­lax.

A large group of ladies came from through­out the wider Waikato area to at­tend the spin-in, in­clud­ing those from Ro­torua, Toko­roa, Tau­ranga, Mt Maun­ganui, Te Puke, Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu.

The Mata­mata Tower Spin­ners and Weavers meet at the Firth Tower the sec­ond and fourth Thurs­day of the month, from 10.30am-2.30pm. The next meet­ing will be held July 9.

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