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PHOTOS: Bookend Spinners keep tradition going, meet monthly in Warner

  • Spun yarn gathers on a spool during a meeting of the Bookend Spinners at The Galley at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Portable wheels gently hum as wool is spun during a monthly meeting of the Bookend Spinners in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • The Bookend Spinners, including Fran Emory of Barnstead, Ginnie Warner, of Warner and Billy Hutchins of Concord socialize while spinning wool blend fibers during their monthly meeting in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In the summer months they can be found out on the patio of MainStreet BookEnds with their portable wheels and knitting projects, but on Tuesday the Bookend Spinners were gathered around the heater in The Gallery in the back of Warner’s iconic bookstore.

The group of fiber artists have been meeting monthly for at least 25 years to work in their craft, but mostly just to socialize as old friends. “I’m a newcomer,” Elaine Clow of Boscawen said. “I’ve been coming here about 12 to 13 years.”

The women work with fiber for their own purposes – making wool-blend items for themselves, friends and family – but their work also helps keep a tradition alive.

“It is an old art,” Billy Hutchins of Concord said. “We’re trying to keep fiber alive. The art of spinning.”

The Bookend Spinners are just one of many regional groups that meet throughout the state. They can be found in The Gallery (or out on the patio in good weather) on the last Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.