Spin-In season kicks off at Kirkman House Museum

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WALLA WALLA -- The Kirkman House Museum this weekend opened the doors to its Textile House for what is believed to be the ninth Spin-In season, as six spinning enthusiasts met Sunday to turn wool into skeins of yarn.

The Textile House is home to an open-to-the-public club of spinners that meets every second Sunday of the month from March to November, except for May and September.

The Textile House probably measures less than 500 square feet, and is believed to have originally been a Civilian Conservation Corps facility. Textile coordinator Susan Swayne said they have had as many as 15 spinners in the small building at one time.

"It is extremely crowded and there are people in the kitchen. We haven't had anybody in the bathtub yet, but every space is filled," Swayne said.

During warmer months the spinners will move out to the lawn or into the Kirkman House, if the weather is uncooperative and the spinners are many.

There is no membership or fees to join the spinners, only an interest in the old art. To learn more, call the Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., at 529-4373.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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