|Elsie Bell spinning demonstration, 1974|
Guild records show that over the years, Elsie presented several programs about those travels. In 1967 it was Weaving In Peru. In 1968, Elsie attended the World Craft Conference in Lima, which she spoke about at Washington University in 1969. In 1973 she did a guild program on Highland Ecuador.
A new generation of spinners interested in recycling and green yarns might wish to travel back in time to 1978. That's when Elsie gave a mini-workshop on creative spinning, including plying and shredding and how to use old yarns.
We'll be thinking of the legacy she left when we present the Elsie Bell Award for Hand Spinning later this month at Northern Wefts. And I hope there are some creative spinning entries in the Re-use Re-new Re-cycle exhibit. I suspect Elsie would have entered in that category.
Thank you to Karen Kelley Schultz and members of the St. Louis guild who provided this information.