Twist: the Art of Spinning by Hand

Learn How You Can Participate in TWIST!

  • Submit your yarns for the collaborative installation.
  • Learn to spin at Spin-Ins before and during the exhibit.
  • Volunteer to share your skills and enthusiasm for spinning.
  • Get inspired by the work of artists and makers in the exhibit.

Details below …

twist - the art of spinning by hand


An exhibition and “happening” curated by Jennifer Lindsay


November 5 – December 17 | The Kay Gallery | FREE

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 5 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | FREE

Curator Jennifer Lindsay will deliver remarks and introduce artists at 6:00 pm.

COMMUNITY ART DAY: Saturday, November 12 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | FREE

Drop in for hands-on activities and demonstrations focused on hand spinning. Enjoy learn to spin sessions and gallery tours of the exhibit “TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand.”


TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand is a dynamic exhibition and “happening” curated by Jennifer Lindsay that brings together the art, craft, science, technology, and community experience of contemporary hand spinning. TWIST features a curated display of handmade tools, fiber, art yarns, art, and art-to-wear by sought-after artists and makers including Jonathan Bosworth, Stacey Budge-Kamison, Katharine Cobey, Elysa Darling, Jill Duarte, Nicholas Duarte, Jolie Elder, Thomas Golding, Seth Golding, Obe Golding, Steph Gorin, Bee Hahn, Rob Hahn, Mary Hamby, Ed Jenkins, Michelle Kaston, Mike King, Esther Rodgers, and Emily Wohlscheid. TWIST encourages both new and experienced spinners to participate in a collaborative installation, community spinning events, and to explore the Spin Lab in the gallery.

Check back soon for a full list of artists and makers to be featured in the curated exhibition.

Below you will find dates and times for Spin-Ins & details on how to submit your hand spun yarns for the collaborative installation that will be on display in the exhibit “TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand.” Join in the fun!


SPIN-INS: Learn to Spin Sessions Before and During the Exhibit

Don’t know how to spin, but want to learn? Are you an experienced spinner who would like to share your skills and enthusiasm? All ages and ability levels are welcome to participate in free spinning sessions where you can learn to spin, make yarns, and add them to the collaborative installation to be displayed in the exhibit. These drop in sessions are offered at BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Germantown Library before and during the exhibition “TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand.” Join us for a fun community experience. Free.

DROP INS WELCOME! | No Advance Registration Required

An RSVP will help us plan for supplies. RSVP to:

Sat, Sep 24 | 10 AM– 1 PM | FREE

Sat, Oct 1 | 10 AM– 1 PM | FREE

Sun, Oct 9 | 1 PM – 4 PM | FREE | This date is at the Germantown Library next to BlackRock

Sat, Nov 19 | 10 AM – 1 PM | FREE

Sat, Dec 3 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | FREE

Sat, Dec 17 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | FREE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Experienced spinners interested in sharing their skills and enthusiasm by teaching or demonstrating, please email curator Jennifer Lindsay at:

Images (above): Participants learn to spin at TWIST Spin-Ins led by curator Jennifer Lindsay at the Germantown Public Library. The library offered to host Spin-Ins on Sunday afternoons 1-4pm on August 14, August 21, September 11, and October 9. Librarians read stories during the learn-to-spin sessions while volunteers give demonstrations and teach spinning.



Join the Collaborative Fiber Installation “Spinning Our Yarns; Telling Our Stories” and Be Part of the Exhibit

Everyone is invited to make and contribute hand spun yarns to “Spinning Our Yarns; Telling Our Stories,” a collaborative artwork that merges fiber, color, and texture with storytelling. Using the fibers and techniques of your choice, colors that are personally meaningful, adding ornaments and other special effects, spinners of every ability — whether they are still learning to spin or are very experienced – can make yarns that reflect personal experiences, moods or feelings, or that are inspired by favorite books, movies, comic books, music, operas, plays, or the daily news. Participants may contribute as many different hand spun yarns as they like.

Individuals who create and submit yarns for “Spinning Our Yarns, Telling Our Stories” before the exhibition begins (mail received by October 7, or hand delivered by October 14) will have their yarns on display throughout the exhibit (exhibit on view: November 5 – December 17). Yarns may also be submitted while the exhibition is on view and will be included in the installation. Spin-Ins offered at BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Germantown Library, before and during the exhibit, will offer instruction and provide additional opportunities for individuals to create yarns that can be added to the display.

Follow the link below to read the Submission Guidelines (PDF document) for making and mailing, or hand delivering, your yarns. Use the Online Submission Form link below to enter your information and share the special characteristics of your hand spun yarns and the stories you have associated with making them. Curator Jennifer Lindsay will work with volunteers to weave your hand spun yarns and stories into panels that will fill The Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for Arts with color and fiber. The names of all contributing spinners will be recorded on the “TWIST List.” Spinning stories shared by spinners will be featured in a special memory book created for the exhibition.


Submission Guidelines  

Click the link above to view the Submission Guidelines (PDF document) to find guidance on how to submit yarns for the collaborative installation “Spinning Our Yarns; Telling Our Stories” which will be displayed in the exhibit “TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand” at BlackRock.

Online Submission Form

Click the link above to access the Online Submission Form where you can enter information about the yarns you will mail or deliver for the collaborative installation “Spinning Our Yarns; Telling Our Stories” which will be displayed in the exhibit “TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand” at BlackRock.

Deadlines for Entry

For yarns and stories to be included in the installation “Spinning Our Yarns; Telling Our Stories” for the entire exhibition (November 4 – December 17, 2016) please submit by:

Deadline by Mail: Monday, October 31*

Deadline by Hand Delivery: Monday, October 31*

Mail or Hand Deliver Yarns and Stories to:

Attn.: Anne Burton, Gallery Director
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874

*Yarns and stories may also be mailed or hand delivered throughout the exhibition. All submissions received by 12:00 noon on Fri, Dec 16 will be included in the display in The Kay Gallery and names will be added to the “Twist List.”

Images (left to right): Elysa Darling (handspun), Elysa Darling (spinning art yarn), Stacey Budge-Kamison (handspun).


TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand has formed social media groups on Ravelry, Facebook, and Instagram:

RAVELRY GROUP: Twist the Art of Spinning by Hand 

FACEBOOK GROUP: TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand

INSTAGRAM: #twistexhibition, @twistexhibition



To be added to the TWIST email list, in order to receive news and event reminders related to the exhibit “TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand,” please send an email message to Jennifer Lindsay at:


“TWIST: The Art of Spinning by Hand” is an exhibition and “happening” curated by Jennifer Lindsay.

About the Curator: Jennifer Lindsay is an independent curator, scholar, and arts educator. She develops exhibitions and participatory programs that connect nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and communities to artists, makers, and creative individuals. Her most recent exhibition, Other Worlds of Imagination and Wonder, is on view at the Brentwood Arts Exchange in Brentwood, MD through November 12, 2016, and features the work of two sculptors, Laurel Lukaszewski (ceramics) and Joseph Corcoran (glass).  “Urban Bungalow,” presented in 2014 at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in Washington, DC featured fine art and craft for the home handmade by 14 local artists. Lindsay has coordinated and curated several collaborative fiber art installations with associated public programs, including The Smithsonian Community Reef, a satellite of the Crochet Coral Reef, for the National Museum of Natural History, 2010-2011; The Artisphere Yarn Bomb for the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, 2012-2013; and sweetspots for sweetgreen’s Sweetlife Music and Food Festival, 2014-2015. Lindsay holds an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is President of the Center for Knit and Crochet, an online museum. Lindsay lives with her husband in Chevy Chase, MD; she often wishes for a bit more time to knit and spin!


Images on postcard design at top of page (clockwise from top left): Mike King/ The Spanish Peacock (spindle); Stacey Budge-Kamison (handspun); Katharine Cobey (“Portrait of Alzheimer’s”); Elysa Darling (corespun); Jonathan Bosworth (spindle) with ITW fiber; Stacey Budge-Kamison (art batt) and Golding Fiber Tools (spindle); Golding Fiber Tools (Dragonfly Wheel); Ed Jenkins (spindle), photo by Allison Johns; and (center image) Elysa Darling (spinning art yarn).