We Need to Pay More Attention to Accessibility in Handspinning

by | Jun 9, 2021 | Accessibility & Inclusion, Essays

Handspinning had been an activity which I enjoyed for some time. From a fluffy mass of fibre I was able to create a transition to an intentional thread, which took its place on my spindle as if that was its home all along. I found it to be comforting, relaxing, and rejuvenating. But after some unfortunate injuries to my neck and shoulder area, handspinning was less of an option for me, because I was in physical pain, and I lost the freedom of movement required to spin. In addition to the physical pain of this experience, I also felt emotional pain, in that the hobby which brought me joy and helped me cope with life was physically hurting me. I stopped spinning, and explored other fibre arts. And though I definitely enjoyed the other fibre arts, and the benefits of them, it wasn’t the same as spinning.

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