Otago Daily Times
Spinners’ work on display
THOSE who have tried and failed to get hold of Sarah Gamble lately should not take it personally.
The Taieri Spinners and Weavers president has been a bit tied up with organising the group’s creative fibre exhibition at the Dunedin Community Gallery, in Princes St.
Mrs Gamble said it was the second time the group had held an exhibition in Dunedin.
‘‘The last one was in 2018. We decided it was about time we did it again.
‘‘We have some fabulous creative items on display and for sale. Our focus is on natural fibres and a bit of recycled fun.’’
She said the exhibition, run in conjunction with Creative Fibre New Zealand, was created by the group’s 45 members, and the items were ‘‘far more than just cardigans for family members’’.
‘‘We do all sorts of things. There’s a lot more fibres available than there used to be.
‘‘When I learnt to spin, it was with Romney and the grease, and you didn’t wash it and it was all tacky in your fingers.
‘‘But now you can get possum and merino and silk. We also work with other nonanimal fibres like Tencel and rayon.’’
She said there appeared to be a resurgence of spinning in the community at the moment.
‘‘A lot of our ladies started spinning when they were much younger, and then put their wheels away for quite a few years.
‘‘In their older years, when they’re retired and they’ve got a bit more time, they’ve come back to it.’’
She said spinning was a popular hobby because it provided a creative outlet and some saw it as being quite therapeutic.
‘‘It’s a lot more individual. Anyone can go and buy a ball of wool, but to actually make it from scratch and make it unique, nobody else is going to have anything quite like it.
‘‘I enjoy the meditative nature of spinning and creating something.’’
The exhibition is open from 10am until 4pm today and tomorrow, and from 10am until noon on Sunday.