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Local fiber arts shop marks Spinning/Weaving Week

At Loose Ends has joined with spinners and handweavers all over the United States to observe Spinning and Weaving Week, Saturday, October 4 to Friday, October 10.

"At Loose Ends is one of more than 500 retail outlets around the country which specializes in supplies and equipment for a growing number of people who spin and weave, either professionally or in their leisure time," said owner Lil McRae.

Perham's At Loose Ends has been in business for 5 years. They carry five lines of weaving looms and other weaving accessories; spinning wheels; many different yarns for handweaving, knitting, and crocheting; plus many natural and man-made fibers for spinning. Lessons in both weaving and spinning are available through the shop.

This week also marks the fifth year of business for At Loose Ends, so there will be sales and drawings to help celebrate this accomplishment. The shop is open for business Monday through Saturday, and will be having live demonstrations of spinning and weaving at 2:00 p.m. daily during Spinning and Weaving Week.

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Displays of handspun and handwoven items made by local craftspeople, whose skills range from beginning to advanced levels, will be available for viewing.

One highlight of the week is a coloring contest for kids ages 6-12. Stop in at the shop at 357 3rd Ave. SE in Perham and pick up the coloring sheet. Be sure to turn in the completed sheet by Oct. 10.

Winners will be chosen Oct. 11 and will receive a Potholder Loom or DQ gift cards.

Spinning and Weaving Week is an annual event sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., a member organization of affiliated guilds and individuals from all states and 28 countries.