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Local group spins spools of fiber and reels in satisfaction


Eau Claire (WQOW) - It's not so much what we wear, rather what its made out of.

Antoinette Ciesielski, a fiber spinner for 36 years, said, "All of our clothes, whether they're knitted or woven, it all starts with a thread. And you have to start with a thread on a drop spindle or now a spinning wheel."

Many of us don't realize how the intricate fibers in our clothes form the fabric's canvas. Jennie Drysdale, a fiber spinner for 15 years, said, "In this day and age, a lot of people don't think about where their clothing came from. And to experience spinning and realize that this is how your clothes are made, many, many years ago, I think it's eye opening to everybody."

With two new recruits, five members from the Clearwater Fiber Guild in Eau Claire gathered at the Chippewa Valley Museum on Sunday for an afternoon of close-knit conversation.

Amanda Lonsdorf, a new attendee to the guild, said, "I would say it's really relaxing, your muscles remember what its doing and you can just do it while talking to people a lot of times. It's that rhythmic thing, thinking about meditation, it's about rhythmic breathing. Breathing in and out, in and out."

For some, spinning fibers into yarn is a hobby of the heart and it can also be woven into a profession. Drysdale said, "What makes spinning fibers so interesting is, you have control on the final product. So, it's you putting your work into spinning is what you put into it you get out of it at the end. And there's nothing more satisfying to me than to spin yarn for a pair of sock, knit them up and then wear them, too."

After all,  it's the end product that makes the wheels of time worth waiting for. Lonsdorf said, "(I'm) still working on that first string of yarn, trying to make that."

Drysdale said, "I got to say after you're done spinning up the yarn for a project, that's really satisfying."

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