However, our fearless leader has a passion for wool: spinning, knitting, felting, carding. If you can do it with wool, she does it.
The correct name for this company is Natural Born Dyers.
|Carding wool with these enormous things was a man's job;|
it will have built muscle, I'm sure.
Our poor speaker was absolutely full of cold so I'm not sure how he got through it all, except that he was really interested in his subject.
He has some sort of university science background, if I remember correctly, but has got involved in using plants for dying wools, something his partner is also involved with.
|I think this was the angora...heaven!|
His lecture included a bit of everything including breeds of Northumberland sheep, ancient carding methods and a few of the dyes he's been experimenting with.
On the table were spread 'bats' of dyed wool ready for spinning or whatever else fate had in store for them.
There were delicious colours there, but as I had no idea what to do with it, I just looked briefly before heading over for tea and a biscuit (cookie).
Little did I know I was going to take one home, having won a drawing I'd not heard of.
|I think Lucy made some like these for her nephew-to-be.|
We were given baskets of various raw sheep wools to finger, also some angora (easily the nicest).
|Felted house shoes - all the rage in this group.|
There were also sticks for spinning on offer, possibly also called 'spurtzleur' but I don't remember what they called them.
The lady with the speaker was demonstrating and of course she made it look dead simple.
|Gloves and a shawl, I think.|
A couple of tries later I knew better. The thing that really got me about them was that they were labelled with the type of wood they were made from: yew, acacia, beech, walnut, cedar.
It made me think of the wizards' wands in Harry Potter and I wondered if they came with dragon heart strings or phoenix feathers. I know, that makes me completely Potty.