Spinning and Weaving Group Offers Teachers Directory

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Spinning and Weaving Group Offers Teachers Directory to Connect Students, Teachers, and Venues—Sign Up Today!

Columbus, OH (May 15, 2015) – The lure of the spinning wheel and the call of the loom is palpable. These tools enchant potential learners, who often stumble when it comes to realizing their dreams of using them. Key to learning to spin or weave is the guidance of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher.

The Spinning and Weaving Group’s (SWG) New Teachers Directory connects students with teachers. “In my forty year career as an editor, author, and loom and spinning wheel manufacturer I see teachers as our most valuable resource in growing the community,” says Jane Patrick, author of The Weaver’s Idea Book and creative director at Schacht Spindle Company.

Many specialty retail shops that cater to crafters want to offer products for spinners and weavers, but they don’t have the expertise in-house to support the products. This directory is a resource for those shops and other venues looking for qualified, experienced teachers.

“As an organization, we place a high value on the teaching community,” says Spinning and Weaving Group Chair, Cheryl Nachtrieb, owner of The Recycled Lamb, a yarn store in Golden, Colorado. “Cultivating the skills it takes to be a good teacher takes time and commitment. A knowledgeable student is a great customer, and guest teachers bring new energy to my shop.”

Social media has been a great boon for spinning and weaving education. It enables more potential spinners and weavers to group mentor each other, and many experienced teachers often chime in to offer tips. Even so, this is no replacement for the hands-on guidance that an experienced teacher can offer. The key to successful learning—online or in person—is great educators.

The Teachers Directory is managed by the Spinning and Weaving Group, a product segment group of The National Needlearts Association (TNNA). TNNA is a trade association for independent needlearts businesses catering to stitchers, knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and related yarn craft. SWG strives to promote the joy of spinning and weaving and advocate for these crafts in the larger market.

All spinning and weaving teachers are invited to sign up. At least two references are required. Individual teachers are listed along with their shop or business affiliations. If your shop offers spinning and weaving classes, encourage your teachers to sign up for the list. Listings are free for a limited time. For more information, visit spinweave.org.

-Liz Gipson

Spinning and Weaving Group Marketing Coordinator

​We’d love your help in spreading the word! Please share this in your guilds, groups and on your social media platforms!

Thank you for your help!

-The Schacht Team

 

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets.) His work can be seen in Handwoven, Spin-Off and the SIP Easy Weaving With Little Looms.