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Working with Fibre (from sheep to finished garment) come and see how its done

7 January, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come and meet Sue on her small holding, Sue has a flock of sheep (Shetland) and is very keen to pass on her numerous ancient craft skills of spinning, dyeing and weaving.

Sue uses her own wool which she can dye using produce from her own garden and then using her own spinning wheels and loom ends up with some fabulous end results.

During the morning Sue will show you around and you will meet the sheep and see the gardening plots as well as seeing how the spinning wheels and looms work.

Hand spinning is a traditional process using fibre and either a spinning wheel or a drop spindle.  The ideal fleece for hand spinning has a long staple.  The prepared wool will have been washed and carded (combed) so that it is easier to spin. Why do we spin fibre? Spinning creates a twist in the fibre which is consistent.  Fibre which has not been twisted in a long length does not have any strength and would break if we tried to use it in any fibre craft.

Tea and Coffee will be provided during the morning, please dress appropriately for a walk around outside.

Sunninglye Farmhouse is a white weatherboard medieval farmhouse at the end of the track (about 200m) with plenty of parking, just keep right on the track and ignore the oust and barn to the left.


7 January, 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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