An excellent turnout for this workshop led by Chris Jukes, something we’d been looking forward to. It was busy,busy.
There were a couple of non-spinners amongst us, so Chris went over the basics to start with.
She had a selection of spindles: turkish, top whorls and bottom whorls, round and square.
We were going to use top whorls but had the option to use our own spindles. I did take a photo of Edna’s spindle which must have been 2 foot long, but I can’t find it. Will add later!
The spindles we used had a hook at the top and three notches in the whorl. The leader is latched onto the hook and through the notch directly behind. The other notches are simply to balance the whorl.
Once we had the basics, made our leader and attached it to the hook, we were away!
There was laughter, a few mistakes, encouragement and always help and no tears!
One or two had difficulty getting to grips with holding the fleece comfortably and Chris brought a selection of holders, bags and distaffs for us to look at
Chris showed us how to wind singles onto a tennis ball ready for plying
She demonstrated how to navajo ply
and also add beads or buttons
using her spindle kate
After plying we used a niddy noddy, book or arm to make our skeins!
Once again I was slow to get a group photo of all finished skeins and there was a great variety. Maybe Chris will let me have a few of her photos and I will add later.
If you want to see more of Chris’s work look here
Thank you to Chris for a really great day- we learned a lot. Hope to see you again!
And of course, there were other activities going on as well
And a gorgeous development from a previous workshop on knitting techniques
On 22 June this year there was an Archaeological open day at Bryn Celli Ddu on Ynys Mon. Several craftspeople, in costume, were there demonstrating prehistoric crafts. It was lovely weather and there were lots of people there, making it a very successful day
I was very interested in the Neolithic textiles of Sally Pointer .
She grows her own flax and uses a spindle to spin linen. We were encouraged to have a go.
She demonstrated a form of weaving called sprang
Here is a selection of things she has made; click on a picture for a closer look and slideshow
She also has a youtube page here showing lots of different prehistoric and Roman ‘crafts’.
Working alongside her was her partner, Gareth, who was making glass beads by rubbing the glass on a stone. He used no modern tools just a wet gritty stone, a bowdrill and a flint stone- it was brilliant!
You can watch a video of them collecting Whitby Jet and making beads here
It was a lovely day ! I was so interested in the craftspeople and what they were doing, I forgot to go and check out the archaeological dig!
For anyone who has an interest in local archaeology here is a link