Group of spinners come for Big Day Out spin-in
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.