My parents were very active in Revolutionary War reenacting when I was a child. I spent most of my summer weekends in 18th Century encampments, recreating history. When I was about 8, I spent the weekend at the feet of someone giving a spinning demonstration. She taught me to spin using wool and a drop spindle. When I returned home, I found a top I had made at the Boston Children's Museum and some doll stuffing from my Mom and started spinning. The next day, my Dad took me to a local yarn and fiber store and bought me my first set of hand cards, a drop spindle, and a bag of wool. I have been practicing the craft ever since.
I have given spinning demonstrations at craft fairs, such as the Gore Place Sheep Shearing Festival, historic sites, such as the Paul Revere House in Boston, and schools. I can talk about the mechanics of spinning as well as the historic importance of the craft for far longer than most people probably care to listen.
I can do demonstrations and classes in modern clothes as well.
I gave a presentation at the Charles River Museum of Innovation and Industry in June of 2022.
If you are interested in including a spinning demonstration at your festival or event, please contact me.