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Hilltop Spinners gather for meeting at Cross Roads

August 1, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - At the Crossroads in Westfield, the Hilltop Spinners met and were set up to give many spinning demonstrations for the visitors there recently.

Stewart VanOrd of Russell, Pa., demonstrated his "walking" wheel. With this type of spinning wheel, the person stands and walks along with the fibers while spinning. Also at the gathering was long time needle-felter Dell Gates from Sherman. Gates is known for the many hats which he has made in recent years.

The Hilltop Spinners is a group of people who have kept the art of making yarn with spinning wheels. The group meets on the second Saturday of the even months in various locations. The spinners group, which began in 1978, meets to discuss recent made homespun yarn and items produced from the homespun yarn. Spinning fibers has been going on centuries, and people depended on the spinning wheel to make yarn for their clothing, blankets and other household items. Spinning wheels were on ships, as yarn was used in making sails. There are many different kinds of spinning wheels and the main idea of making yarn is to twist the fibers to give the yarn its strength.

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Stewart Van Ord of Russell, Pa. is spinning yarn at the Crossroads in Westfield with his “walking” wheel. Looking on is Dell Gates of Sherman, who is famous for his needle-felted hats. The two are a part of the Hilltop Spinners, a group to preserve the art of spinning yarn.

Nanette Knappenberger of Westfield is the president of the group, and Claire Heverley of Ripley is the secretary and newsletter editor. Yvonne Lee of Warren is the treasurer. Kent Knappenberger is the librarian for the group's books. Members are from southwestern New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.

For more information on the group, write to Hilltop Spinners, P.O. Box 392, Cassadaga, NY 14718. New members are always welcome.



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