Team Time! Team Registration Opens June 8!


SWG’s new label for the CD spindle kits are heading to your neighborhood spinning program soon! These kits are made possible by Spinzilla spinners, and the team hosts and sponsors that support them!

Teams are the heart and soul of Spinzilla. Many spinners told us that Spinzilla helped them get over some of their spinning phobias, and they spun WAY more yarn than they thought they could. All because they were spinning not just for themselves, but for their team!

SWG Members It’s Almost Time to Sign Up Your Team! Is Your SWG Membership Current?

Spinzilla Team Registration begins June 8th! For information on hosting a team, click hereOne you have registered, you will receive our Team Welcome Packet full of useful information.  It is well worth the read!

All Spinning and Weaving Group members are eligible to host a team. If you are not on the wholesale, retail, or affiliate member listed here, your SWG membership is not current! Click here to join or email for assistance.

Spinzilla Meet-Up at TNNA

If you are going to The National NeedleArts Association’s (TNNA) trade show in Columbus, Ohio, stop by the SWG booth (#1139/1141) on Sunday May 31, from 3 – 4.  The Spinzilla team will be there to make announcements about this year’s event and answer your questions. Sheepzilla has a special treat for everyone who stops by!

Start Planning

It is never too early to start planning your events for 2015. Here are a few of the best ideas gleamed from teams in the past two years:

  • Offer Spinzilla training sessions/classes (see below for examples)
  • Bring in a guest spinning instructor
  • Create product specials for your team
  • Keep it fun by creating your own categories for winners within your team such as Most Yardage Spun, Most Yarn Spun on a Spindle, Most Unusual Fiber Spun, Most Long Draw Fiber Spun, Most Chain Plied Fiber Spun, Best Yarn Picture, Most Unusual Spinning, Funkiest Roving Turned Into Pretty Yarn
  • Plan your schedule for Spinzilla week and follow-up events

Four Winning Class Ideas

Create a Monster Goal Help Spinzilla spinners establish a personal goal, then determine the type and quantity of fiber that will help them reach that goal.

Fiber Preparation Host a fiber prep-day. Give a demonstration of pre-drafting for speed and efficiency. Allow participants to use your fiber preparation tools in-store. Demonstrate how to use a drum carder or combs.

Quick Draw McGraw Host a demonstration of different draws from short to long. Talk about what fibers the spinner may want to choose for what method. Discuss the relative speed of one vs. another. Most spinners tend to spin some version of a short forward draw. Encourage them to get out of their comfort zone.

Measuring Your Yarn Host a mini-workshop on measuring your yarn. Demonstrate how to use a niddy noddy, yarn balance, and swift and yardage counter.

Sign up for SWG’s Teachers Directory

Promote your Spinzilla training sessions or other classes on SWG’s Teachers Directory.

Your friendly neighborhood 2015 Spinzilla Committee,

Liz Gipson of Yarnworker, Marketing and Communications,
Constance Hall of Dyeology, Team Captain Coordinator and Rogue Leader,
Andrea Marquis of Yarn SuperHero, Prize, Sponsorship, and Team Recruitment Coordinator,
Rita Petteys of Yarn Hollow, Webmaster,
Liz Good Spinner-at-Large, Logistics,

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