FREDONIA - The Hilltop Spinners recently met at the WCA Home in Fredonia for a spinning demonstration in the activity room.
President Nanette Knappenberger of Westfield welcomed all to the meeting. For those who visited the spinning demonstration, Knappenberger discussed the spinning process and some techniques.
The process includes shearing the sheep, combing the wool so all fibers are going in one direction and then spinning it. There are many different kinds of spinning wheels, but the twisting of the fibers is the important part. The coloring of the wool involves a dying process and includes many kinds of natural dyes, such as walnuts, plants and flowers. The Queens Ann Lace plant, which grows in abundance alongside the road, is always a popular plant for a dye when boiled.
Hilltop Spinners Tami Berg of Sinclairville and Kathy Petersen of Fredonia were part of a spinning demonstration at the WCA Home in Fredonia recently.
Tammy TenPas of Clymer showed some yarn made from Angora rabbits. The rabbit can sit on one's lap, TenPas said, and one can spin the fleece right after combing the rabbit. Many others showed some of their recent accomplishments, including those items made by felting. Agitating the wool will make the fibers interweave and form felt.
The Hilltop Spinners, formed more than 35 years ago, is a group of people who have the interest to keep spinning fibers alive. The use of spinning wheels to make yarn dates back centuries, and what gives the yarn strength is the twisting of the yarn. The group is composed of members from Southwestern New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio and welcomes new members and guests. The group meets on the second Saturday of the even months in various locations. The next meeting is scheduled to be held at the Lakewood Loyalton Emeritus on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. The group is planning a spinning demonstration at this summer's Chautauqua County Fair in the Floral Hall.