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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Spinners and Weavers – Heritage Month

The Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers are just one of the groups featured in Heritage Month this September.  Their group is celebrating 40 years of spinning and weaving and  recently had a demonstration in the local shopping mall.  My only wool related craft is knitting (from time to time) and I was interested to go along to see what it is all about. 
DSCF7209 Spinners and Weavers demonstration
First I talked to a lady doing carding.  Now, I do know that the raw wool is carded (teased out) before being plyed, but I didn’t realise that there was a mechanical way to do this, I thought it was brushed out by hand.  The fleece being carded is alpaca, and is wonderfully soft.  This lady knows all about machine embroidery and is keen to start taking classes, so I intend to catch up with her shortly about this.  Perhaps I should mention that I have an embroidery module for my sewing machine that I have never used, and didn’t know how to get started.  So it must be fate, or maybe good luck, that I went along to this demonstration.
DSCF7208 Carding alpaca fibre
What’s next?  Of course, it’s spinning.  There were several different spinning wheels on show, and I didn’t realise that there was so much variation in design.  This one is a mini spinning wheel and the wool being spun is corriedale.
DSCF7210 Spinning, spinning
There were a couple of small table looms set up, and one young visitor was really keen to have a go.  She was doing very well too for such a young child and was carefully listening to instructions.
DSCF7213 Weaving
Another lady was doing Tunisian crotchet, which I had never seen before.   It looked like knitting on a crotchet hook.   She was making a strap for her bag, after first weaving the body of the bag.
DSCF7211 Tunisian crotchet
Another example of Tunisian crotchet was this beautiful white rug, which took three years to make, I was told.
DSCF7212 Rug made by Tunisian crotchet
The Spinners and Weavers also have a small display in the local library, together with a good selection of books relating to these crafts for people to borrow.
DSCF7262 Display at the library
DSCF7263  A “jelly dyed” garment?  I’ve never heard of that before.
All this wool everywhere on show is making me think of getting my own knitting needles clacking again – I know I have something almost finished in my knitting bag.  And once that is finally finished, I could start something new, couldn’t I?

1 comment:

June said...

I have a small table loom should you ever feel the urge to do some weaving Jenny.