Spin-In rolls into Chesterville for 20th time

A spinning wheel at the annual Chesterville Spin-In, in 2017. Zandbergen file photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — An Eastern Ontario haven for fabric, fibre and textile crafts, Chesterville again served as the natural home of a popular regional ‘Spin-In,’ Feb. 2.

Put on by the Chesterville & District Historical Society, the 20th annual Spin-In filled the village Legion hall with traditional wool-spinning and yarn-making enthusiasts and related vendors. Special guest of honour was Margot Dixon, former longtime resident of the area and stalwart supporter of the event.

Organizer Nancy MacMillan said the event was made “even more special” by the presence of Dixon who “shared memories and smiles throughout the day” and “record-breaking attendance” despite that day’s snowstorm.

The dedicated fibre enthusiasts on scene braved the storm “to spend a stress-free day doing what they love most: visiting /spinning/sharing knowledge,” said MacMillan.

The event drew 19 vendors and 121 attendees, plus a small group of 4H members who came out to learn about wool and how it is turned into knitting yarn.

“Margot said she has been told over the years that one person can’t make a difference in the world but the Spin-In proves this is not true … start something at a grassroots level and if you have even one enthusiastic person working hard then things really can happen,” said MacMillan.

Chesterville has, of course, stitched a reputation as a hub for crafters, spinners and sewers — bolstered by the presence of the popular Flair with Fabrics shop on King Street for the last 25 years.

The Spin-In has grown in reputation and size through much of the same period, moving out of the smaller Nelson LaPrade Centre a couple of years ago in favour of bigger digs at the Chesterville Legion.

The colourful occasion was captured and posted to Facebook by the Society.

This article was edited to include MacMillan’s comments.

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