2040 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista CA 92083

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2013
Noted Fiber Artist/Collector to give entire collection to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum

Well-known Fiber artist/collector Susie Henzie is donating her entire collection of more than 50 spinning wheels, more than 60 looms and hundreds of other fiber related artifacts to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista CA. Ms. Henzie has been collecting for many years from all over the world and has perhaps one of the largest private collections. Her Los Angeles home is filled with three stories of antique to modern fiber related equipment. Ms Henzie is more than a spinner and a weaver. She has written a book (After the Wheel, the reel, Reels, Swifts, Winders) that covers pieces of equipment useful in further fiber preparation. She has also written many articles for various fiber magazines such as “Spinning Wheel Sleuth” and “Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot.” She served on the first Board of Directors Handweavers Guild of America and is still active in the weaving and spinning guilds Southern California Handweavers Guild and Textile Group of Los Angeles in the Los Angeles area.

Notable in her collection are three depression era looms made by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), WPA (Works Progress Administration) and NRA (National Recovery Administration). Also several of her looms and spinning wheels have been used in Television and Movie productions. (Notably: Practical magic, Roots). Some of the individual pieces hail from near and far flung places such as Europe, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, England, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Tibet, Nepal, Ethiopia, South America, and early America.

Rod Groenewold, director of the Museum stated that the “Museum is thrilled with this large donation. It will take a new building to be erected on Museum grounds to house this amazing collection that reflects Americana and the textile arts that have long since been a part of America and the world. The Museum is receiving donations to build the working collection.”

Susie Henzie plans on being at the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta (October 13 2013 from 1PM to 3PM) )at the Museum located at 2040 N Santa Fe in Vista Ca. She will be in the Weavers barn talking with people about her collection. An antebellum loom and several spinning wheels and looms will be on display.