Boonville to host the All Missouri Spin-In

Boonville — Hannah Cole Primary School will be the site of the 2013 "All Missouri Spin-In" on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Missouri Spin-In is alternately hosted by various Weaving and Spinning Guilds around the state.  This year, the Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild has been selected for the honor.  The event has been going on for more than 20 years and gives an opportunity for men and women who love the (nearly) lost art of spinning yarn to get together.
This year's event features six Make-It-Take-It Workshops, vendors, "Spinning for a Cause," social spinning, and the opportunity to show and tell about recent creations.
The Make-It-Take-It Workshops include basic kumihimo (a type of braiding); polymer clay jewelry in which students will make a cute lamb pin; spinning an extreme thick and thin "bubble" yarn; needle felting with cookie cutters; toothbrush weaving (an ancient recycle/reuse fiber technique that predates knitting); and basic cro-hooking (using a tool that looks like a crochet hook, but with a hook on each end).  Spaces are still available in all of these workshops, though the polymer clay class is nearly full.  Each workshop costs an additional fee of from $2-$7 to cover materials.
"Spinning for a Cause" is a new feature this year.  At least thirty spinners have volunteered to spin one ounce of fiber for yarn to be used in the weaving of a shawl.  The shawl will be woven on site and will show off a wide variety of spinning effects.  It will later be auctioned off for the benefit of Access Arts in Columbia, a community-based program offering accessibility to the arts across all ages, origins, skill and economic levels.  
Also available will be vendors who will be offering hand-dyed yarns and fibers for spinning, spinning tools, alpaca rugs, sheep hides, jewelry, etc.  At least two booths will be offering a beginning spinning kit which will include a spindle and some fiber.  There will be many able and willing to teach you how to use your new spindle.
The public is invited to come and be a part of the day's activities - no experience necessary!  Registration for the full day is $10, which includes lunch workshops.  If you just want to stop by and shop or spin, $3 will get you in the door.  Registration in advance is appreciated, especially if you want to take any of the workshops.  You can register on line at the Columbia Guild's website at  There is a  downloadable brochure posted there that will provide more details.  For more information, contact Kandy Bleil, 660-882-2501 or