GWW Spinzilla 2015

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Location: Great Western War 2015
Date: 10/07-12/2015

Event Staff

GWW Spinzilla 2015 Team

+ 2 spinners who are not in the SCA. . . yet! (Jen from Tasmania, and Deb)

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The GWW Spinzilla 2015 team is sponsored by Hedgehog Handworks, purveyors of needlecraft supplies to various historical re-enactment communities, including the SCA, since 1987.

Our Goal

From Mistress Astra: "What Matters Most"
Let me let you in on a secret. Our team is not going to win Spinzilla. We’re not going to even come close. And that’s ok. There are some teams - highly competitive - with experienced spinners who spin all day, every day. Last year’s winning team, each spinner averaged 4 miles of yarn! We are not going to beat that team.
What we are going to do is:

  • Challenge ourselves with individual goals that are realistic for us. Goals that push us a bit to improve in our craft, but not goals that set us up for failure.
  • We are going to support each other, help other team members meet their goals, and celebrate their successes.
  • We are going to share our enthusiasm for spinning with others. We are going to teach new spinners.
  • We are going to enjoy time with our friends and families. And we’re going to do other things that we love.
  • We are not going to use Spinzilla as an excuse to let things go, like doing the dishes and making the bed. Unless you want to, then that’s ok.
  • Mostly, we are going to smile, and laugh, and have a good time.

Spinning Classes at GWW 2015

Date Time Class Teacher Location Comments
Thurs 10/08/15 9am-11am Spindle Spinning Lady Siobhán Chantoiseau de Longpont sur Orges A&S Area
Thurs 10/08/15 Noon-2pm Preparation for Handspinning Mistress Edwinna of Hawk's Bluff A&S Area
Thurs 10/08/15 2-3pm Beginning Drop Spindle Dame Eilidh Swann Stralachlan Spinzilla Booth
Thurs 10/08/15 1pm-5pm Open Spinning Spinzilla Booth Some equipment available
Fri 10/09/15 9am-11am Carding Fiber for Handspinning Mistress Edwinna of Hawk's Bluff A&S Area
Fri 10/09/15 9am-11am Wheelspinning - Intermediate Lady Siobhán Chantoiseau de Longpont sur Orges A&S Area
Fri 10/09/15 11am-12:30pm Make Your Own Spindle and SPIN! Mistress Astridhr Selr Leifsdottir Spinzilla Booth
Fri 10/09/15 2:30-4pm KIDS! Make Your Own Spindle and SPIN! Mistress Astridhr Selr Leifsdottir Spinzilla Booth
Fri 10/09/15 2:30-4pm Spinning Flax (and other bast fibers) Dame Eilidh Swann Stralachlan A&S Area
Sat 10/10/15 10am-Opening Court Open Spinning Spinzilla Booth Some equipment available
Sat 10/10/15 11am-12:30pm Make Your Own Spindle and SPIN! Mistress Astridhr Selr Leifsdottir Spinzilla Booth
Sat 10/10/15 2pm-4pm Spinning Flax (and other bast fibers) Dame Eilidh Swann Stralachlan A&S Area
Sun 10/11/15 10am-End of Valkyrie Rose Tourney Open spinning Spinzilla Booth Some equipment available

The final Spinzilla Team Photo will be taken after the Valkyrie Rose Tourney, and then it's clean-up/pack-up time.

About Spinzilla

Spinzilla 2015 (10/05/2015-10/11/2015)

"Spinzilla is a world-wide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week! Although the competition lasts only a week, many teams and individuals are already training, preparing their fiber and monstering up their spinning skills."

Photos

Spinning

Day 1 Spinzilla Day1 Astra.jpg Mistress Astra Christiana Benedict - 383 total yds, 2-ply merino and silk Spinzilla Day1 Astridhr.jpg
Mistress Astridr Selr Leifsdóttir
237 yds
Spinzilla Day1 Bartle.jpg Deb*: 173 yards of 2-ply Romeldale, silk, and angora, for 519 total yards of spinning. Spinzilla Day1 CatEllen.jpg
Dame Eilidh Swann Stralachlan - No yardage to report yet; Day 1 of "Spinzilla: Finish All the UFOs*" included just Plying
Spinzilla Day1 Lynnette.jpg
Dame Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios - 550 yards (double plied) and another bobbin about 1/3 full (With Sammy the Sheep, my Spinning Mascot!)
Spinzilla Day1 Magge.jpg Baroness Magge Shaw's spinning
Day 2 Spinzilla Day2 CatEllen.jpg
Dame Eilidh Swann - Plying 23 yds. Spinning singles, then Plying for 2-ply finished 32.5 yds (which counts as 97.5 total yardage). "Finishing my UFO*s"- completed my 1st set from my stash. Next up: Pick the next UFO. Current running total: 143 yards.
Spinzilla Day2 Lynnette.jpg
Dame Lynnette - 459 yds of blue. (1,011 yds so far)
Day 3 Spinzilla Day3 Bartle.jpg
Deb: 255 yds of 2-ply merino-tencel, 765 yds of spinning. Spun just over a mile (1814 yds)
Spinzilla Day3 CatEllen.jpg
Dame Eilidh Swann - 1st part of UFO work from this stash. Finished spinning the singles (marked the spot and then measured), plied the old yarn made who knows how long ago with the new spinning today. All measured, today's spinning and plying totals to exactly 90 yards.
Day 4 Spinzilla Day4 CatEllen.jpg
Dame Eilidh Swann - Yesterday's Plying UFO counts for 28.6 yards.
Day 5 Spinzilla Day6 CatEllen.jpg
Dame Eilidh Swann - spun the singles, then 2-ply (33.05 yd singles) for 99.15 yd total (measured on Day 6)
Day 6 Mistress Mary Taran of Glastonbury - 522 yards of single Black Welsh Mountain so far Spinzilla Day7 Lynnette.jpg
Dame Lynnette - Spun at the war: 459 yds ... 1,506 yds so far! 250 yds to go!

Fiber Totals

Spinner Fibers Spun Total Yardage
Lady Juliana Draper Spinzilla2015 JulianaFinal.jpg 2384 yds
Mistress Astra Christiana Benedict Spinzilla2015 AstraFinal.jpg 1923 yds
Debbie B (non-SCA spinner) Spinzilla2015 DebFinal.jpg 1824 yds
Dame Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios Spinzilla2015 LynnetteTotal.jpg 1782 yds
Baroness Arianwen Megan McBride of Arainn Spinzilla2015 ArianwenYarn.jpg 1390 yds
Bannthegn Beathog nic Dhonnchaidh Spinzilla2015 BeathogYarn.jpg 832.2 yds
Lady Siobhán Chantoiseau de Longpont sur Orges Spinzilla2015 SiobhanFinal.jpg 771 yds
Jen the Tasweigen
(Non-SCA spinner who lives in Tasmania)
Spinzilla2015 JenFinal.jpg 760 yds
Baroness Mary Taran of Glastonbury Spinzilla2015 MobiFinal.jpg 522 yds
Countess Bridget Lucia Mackenzie Spinzilla2015 BridgetFinal.jpg 511 yds
Mistress Astridr Selr Leifsdóttir Spinzilla2015 AstridhrFinal.jpg 455.88 yds
Dame Eilidh Swann Stralachlan Spinzilla2015 EilidhFinal.jpg 370.07 yds
Baroness Magge Shaw Spinzilla2015 MaggeFinal.jpg 357 yds
Mistress Therese of the White Griffin Spinzilla2015 ThereseFinal.jpg 290 yds (while
attending a modern-world conference!)
Baroness Fionnghuala de Buchanan Spinzilla2015 FionnaFinal.jpg 102 yds
Duchess Natalya de Foix Spinzilla2015 Natalya.jpg 66 yds (22 drafted; 44 spun)

Spinners

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Mistress Astra Christiana Benedict
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Dame Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios
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Bannthegn Beathog nic Dhonnchaidh
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Countess Bridget Lucia Mackenzie
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Mistress Astra untangling yarn
with Baroness Mary Taran of Glastonbury
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Mistress Astra Christiana Benedict & Countess
Bridget Lucia Mackenzie
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Lord Henry Dumas & Lady Juliana Draper
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Spinners with Mistress Edwinna of Hawk's Bluff
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Baroness Morgana Isolde of Ander Hall &
Dame Eilidh Swann Stralachlan
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Dame Eilidh, Mistress Astridhr & new spinners
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Dame Eilidh & new spinners
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Dame Eilidh & Halbrust
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Sammy the Sheep, Dame Lynnette's mascot

Team Photos

Spinzilla2015 Spinners 1.jpg
(L-R) Front row: Spinner, Spinner
Middle row: THL Éadaoin Chruitire, Mistress Astridr Selr Leifsdóttir, Mistress Astra Christiana Benedict the Organizer, Countess Bridget Lucia Mackenzie, Spinner, Spinner, Spinner.
Back row: Baroness Ödriana Knarrabringa's nephew, Baroness Morgana Isolde of Ander Hall, Dame Eilidh Swann Stralachlan, Lady Bránduşa of Lyondemere, Baroness Arianwen Megan McBride of Arainn, Spinner, Spinner.

Spinzilla2015 Spinners 2.jpg
(L-R) Front row: THL Éadaoin Chruitire, Mistress Astridr Selr Leifsdóttir, Mistress Astra Christiana Benedict, Countess Bridget Lucia Mackenzie
Back row: Dame Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios (with Sammy), Lady Juliana Draper, Lord Henry Dumas, Baroness Morgana Isolde of Ander Hall, Dame Eilidh Swann Strahlachlan, Lady Bránduşa of Lyondemere, Baroness Arianwen Megan McBride of Arainn

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(L-R) Mistress Astra Christiana Benedict, Baroness Fionnghuala de Buchanan, Mistress Edwinna of Hawk's Bluff, Baroness Magge Shaw, Lord Henry Dumas and Lady Juliana Draper

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