by Catherine Haug
Updated 3/26/10 to add Flip Video still shots
This event was presented by the Alpine Spinning and Weaving Guild.
The following is a short outline of the event. For the complete gathering summary, including photos and links to websites offering online educational videos for many steps in the process, see our pdf file:
Also, be sure to read the comments at the bottom of the post, for more information.
Working with Wool
(Photo of Suffolk Sheep from Wikipedia)
Judie Overbeek opened the presentation with an overview of the process and introduction of the other presenters:
- Clean the wool (demonstrated by Mary Warner);
- Process the wool by combing or carding (combs, cards and drum carder demonstrated by Julie Valentine);
- Spin the wool (drop spindle and spinning wheel demonstrated by Irma Jean Hannon and Irene Houston);
- Ply the wool (if desired);
- Weave the wool, or use other methods such as knitting and crocheting (weaving demonstrated by Glenda Smith and Judie Overbeek);
- At any point in the process, the wool can be dyed. But if you want to blend colors, you must dye before spinning or plying.
(Photo of Flax Field in Bloom from Wikipedia)
Sylvia Callentine then gave an overview of flax for linen, from sowing the seeds through spinning the fibers.
The presentation was then opened for attendees to meet the presenters at each of their stations, to get more detail and hands-on experience.
We closed the event with a presentation by Judie on different kinds of looms, and about the guild.
Flip video still-shots from the event, by Sally Janover:
- Drum carder
- Warping a table loom – 1
- Warping a table loom – 2
- Shed and Shuttle: weaving on table loom
- Spinning with spinning wheel
- “Critter to Sweater”, an illustrative book
- Flax fiber, yarn and knitting project
- Knitted items, from hand-spun yarns
Files and Resources
For the complete gathering summary, including photos and links to websites offering online educational videos for many steps in the process, see our pdf file:
- Gathering Summary: Making Cloth
- Joy of Hand Spinning
- All Fiber Arts: Processing Flax into Yarn
- Chest of Books: The Story of How Linen is Grown
- Going to the Sun Fiber Mill (Kalispell)