21 July, 2009

Guild Membership Benefits

I took this brown wool to a farmers' market on Saturday to demonstrate the drop spindle, let people try it, and talk about the spinning guild I belong to.

The market manager was happy I came. She was interested to hear about the equipment rental our guild offers members. One of the reasons she hasn't taken up spinning herself is the thought of buying a spinning wheel without knowing whether she would like to use it or not. A rental wheel would solve that problem for her.

A market vendor was interested to hear that we have guild members who enjoy helping people who own new or "new to them" spinning wheels. Everything the vendor said she'd like to do her antique walking wheel and didn't quite know how—assemble the wheel, repair it or find a restoration specialist if needed, practice using it, and even sell it—I've seen people get help with at guild meetings.

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