Worldwide Spin in Public Day event to be hosted by the Cortes Museum

A wooden spinning wheel and flowers coexist in an outdoor garden.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Heritage Garden will be filled with fiber artists. Photo courtesy of the Cortes Museum and Archives Society.
Loni Taylor - CKTZ - Cortes IslandBC | 15-09-2022
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The Cortes Museum and Archives Society is hosting an event for Worldwide Spinning Day to celebrate the art of spinning yarn. Program coordinator Laura Balducci encourages everyone to come join the various activities taking place.

“We're gonna have yarn for sale. There could be some equipment that people have their second or third spinning wheels that they might want to sell,” she said. “We're inviting people to come and learn, observe, create, and, basically, it's gonna be a circle of fiber artists, drinking lovely tea with lots of sweet sweets and treats.”

This is the first year the event is being hosted in the Heritage Garden of the Cortes Museum. In previous years, Balducci and other fiber artists gathered at the Gorge Marina both to celebrate Worldwide Spin in Public Day and to gather regularly and spin with fellow enthusiasts. 

The fiber artists of Cortes have also been known to "yarn bomb" in public spaces. Balducci noted that "yarn bombing" is certainly a possibility in the future, and emphasized the importance of using environmentally-safe fibers for this random, public art activity, adding that natural fibers and plant-based dyes are ideal.

Worldwide Spin in Public will be celebrated locally on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Heritage Garden.

To hear more about the history of public spinning on Cortes, listen to the CKTZ News Update below: