November 2018

Nov 18November saw many more of us succumbing to our winter wardrobes with lots of new handspun knits and weavings to admire.

Janet held a lively workshop where spinners, new and experienced, tried out different kinds of techniques and spindles, including high tops and Turkish spindles.

October 2018

Gathering 2018 (1)Our 10th annual gathering took place in a new venue which allowed for more vendors and more space to break out and provide demonstrations to visitors.

Vendors included Weft BlownThe Sleekit Hare (“fledgling” but already very talented dyer), Queen of Purls, (another wonderful dyer and proponent of ethical sourcing of wool), Flora Fibres (all vegan options and incredible colours from natural dyes), local Low Auldgirth Steading (if you’re seeking fleece from beautifully looked-after, naturally-happy and cheeky sheep), Fellview Fibres (some of the most stunningly prepared rolags we’ve ever seen), The Wheel Ewe and others.

13th January 2018

SWD Jan 18Sue 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.

SWD Jan 18 photos

9th September 2017

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.

All Things Silk with Sue Hiley Harris

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.