It’s Spinzilla Time!
Two stores partnering together this year with a team – Fibre Benders! Michigan Fibre Studio and Threadbender Yarn Shop are coming together for a great Spinzilla event!
What is Spinzilla?
Spinzilla is a global event where teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn in a week!
Spinzilla is held during Spinning and Weaving Week, the first full week in October. There were 5,507,622 yards of yarn spun in 2016. Help us to beat this goal in 2017! Okay, realistically, we are not trying to beat it, but let’s set our own personal goals! This is a no pressure team. We just want to have fun.
Although the competition lasts only a week, many teams and individuals are already training, preparing their fiber and monstering up their spinning skills. The winning team is awarded a year’s worth of bragging rights, the traveling Golden Niddy Noddy, and $25 gift certificates for all team members!
Spinner registration fees are donated to the NeedleArts Mentoring Program to create the spinners of tomorrow!
Spinzilla is a project of the The National NeedleArts Association’s Spinning and Weaving Group.
- To raise awareness about the joy of spinning yarn by hand
- To empower spinners to spin more
- To connect spinners locally and globally
- To fund educational programs for the spinners and weavers of tomorrow
- To support small fiber-related businesses
Here is the timeline of dates and events:
Spinzilla Information & Rules: www.spinzilla.org
Our Team Name: Fibre Benders
September 1 – 30 – Spinner Registration – Cost per participant is $15
Link to registraton: http://www.tnna.org/general/custom.asp?page=SpinRegistration
Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/spinzilla/topics/3671441
Fibre Benders Team Members will receive a special coupon from each store!
September 26 – 30 – Indie Fiber Trunk Show (variety of indie dyers) @ Michigan Fibre Studio
October 1 – 8 – Frabjous Fibers, Indie Fiber, and two local farms Trunk Shows @ Threadbender Yarn Shop (new location on Wilson!)
October 2 – 8 – Spinzilla ~ A Monster of a Spinning Week
Friday, September 29 Fiber prep @Michigan Fibre Studio 5p-9p
Monday, October 2 Spinzilla kicks off at 12:01a (no in-store events)
Tuesday, October 3 Spinning @Michigan Fibre Studio 5p-9p
Wednesday, October 4 Spinning @Threadbender Yarn Shop 5p-9p
Thursday, October 5 Spinning @Michigan Fibre Studio 5p-9p
Friday, October 6 Spinning @Threadbender Yarn Shop 5p-9p
Saturday, October 7 Spinning @Michigan Fibre Studio 10a-4p
Sunday, October 8 Spinning @Threadbender Yarn Shop 12p-4p
We will also have days and times for counting yardage once we find out the deadline for turning it all in to Spinzilla.
Feel free to bring your wheel or spindle anytime during business hours to either shop! Spinning does not have to be done in store though. You may spin from anywhere! Last year, we had a spinner bring a drop spindle to the symphony, a woman drop spinning while hiking in Iceland, people spinning on their lunch breaks at work…get creative! And if you spin a mile (1,760 yards), you will be entered in Spinzilla’s prize pool to potentially win something. Anyone who registers is also registered to win random prizes. It’s all about the fun during this week!
Please note: if you are bringing fleece or fiber to spin for this event that have been purchased elsewhere, we only require that it has been thoroughly cleaned first.
With fiber love,
Heather & Michelle Becca & Julie
Michigan Fibre Studio Threadbender Yarn Shop (new location)
1503 Lake Drive SE 5570 Wilson Avenue SW, Ste B
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Grandville, MI 49418