We had a wonderful day at the Dumfries Agricultural Show.
Phillipa Joad gave a talk in the morning, about colour theory, the different types of dyes and the pros and cons of different equipment. In the afternoon, we were given fibre to blend and spin in a variety of ways.
As this was the opening day of the Triennial exhibition, Anne held a “Corners” day at St Theresa’s.
Sue McNiven led a workshop exploring the qualities of cashmere, yak, silk, camel, angora and mohair. We were encouraged to break out of any habitual styles of spinning to experiment with long-draw and the less common version of short draw that allows the twist to travel into the drafting triangle.
Sue brought lots of interesting samples of spun fibre, including yarn made from her cashmere rabbits.
We had a festive and cosy gathering, with lots of lovely homemade food. There was a display of what people have been making all year and there were some beautiful first-shearing Shetland lamb fleeces to buy.
Sue Hiley Harris showed examples of her work and gave an illustrated lecture on all things silk, including: seri-culture, wild silks, silk reeling, silk for hand-spinning and waste silk.
A silk spinning workshop followed in the afternoon, with a second day at Cumberland Street Centre, Dumfries. Participants learned to make, handle and spin mawata, to worsted spin lustrous combed silk tops, to woollen spin knobbly, strong silk noil fibres, to create exciting yarns with waste silk fibres, to blend silk with other fibres and much, much more about silk and hand-spinning.
We were out and about this summer, including the Wool Tent at the Dumfries Show.
Debbie Zawinski gave a talk on the story behind “In the Footsteps of Sheep” in our morning session and provided a workshop in the afternoon on Spinning Sticks.