Author: Helen Mawdsley

We Need to Pay More Attention to Accessibility in Handspinning

An injury prevented Helen Mawdsley from handspinning until she learned to make her own spindles designed to alleviate her pain so she could spin comfortably. She found little information about adapting spindles and techniques for different bodies and needs, and she’s now determined to keep this conversation going. “How our bodies uniquely move matters, and this needs to be incorporated into how we discuss and teach spinning techniques,” she writes. “I believe that this is one of many ways in which the larger fibre arts community can continue to work towards inclusivity.” Read her full essay, and let us know if you, too, have adapted your spinning technique or equipment to accommodate your body’s needs.

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