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 … Continue reading 13th January 2018
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.
We were at a different venue in October, to house our annual gathering. There were lots of lovely supplies and goodies to buy from our vendors.
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, … Continue reading 9th September 2017
We were out and about this summer, including the Wool Tent at the Dumfries Show.
Debbie Zawinski - "In the Footsteps of Sheep" and spinning stick workshop