The next generation

Today was a busy day.  I spent it in the company of around 90 year 3 children at my son’s school. They are doing a topic of farming, and I had offered to go in and show them the journey that wool takes from the sheep to yarn and beyond.  Of course I couldn’t take photos whilst there, and I was far too busy anyway!  But here is my own next generation doing a spot of carding earlier in the year.

At school we looked at what fibres could be spun, including silk, cotton, flax, angorra, and alpaca and of course wool.  I had some sample of some of these and passed them around.

We looked at raw fleece, felt the lanolin in it, and the children insisted on smelling it too!  We thought about the process the fleece goes through, from washing, carding and spinning, to dyeing and being made into a product of some kind.

To get them thinking about what spinning does, they first had some newspaper cut up into similar lengths to a lock of fleece.  How could they string these together only using their hands and the paper.  All of the groups asked if they could lick it!  Only a couple of children out of the 90 figured out the twisting of it (and one of those was my own son, who kind of knew anyway!)

There was just enough time for some of the children to have a go at carding and spinning, and they kept their spun wool as a memento of the day.

There were some interesting questions, and some interesting ideas.  It was absolutely exhausting, but the response from the children was fantastic.  I just wish I had enough time for them all to have a go.


Feeling official

Look what arrived in the post yesterday.  My business cards from moo!  I really shouldn’t be this excited about business cards, but these are lovely.  Really nice quality, I have been able to personalise them with some of my own images, and the turn around was amazingly quick.

Even better, I have some codes which will give you some money off if you decide to get some business cards from moo too.  So if anyone is interested you can use this link and you will automatically get 10% off.

Handpsun, handknitted shoulder bag

Last year my local guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers had a competition amongst themselves to create a bag using at least one of the disciplines that guild promotes, ie spinning, weaving dyeing or felting.  I produced a rustic looking bag with some of my first handspun wool.

I felt very honoured that a friend liked it so much she asked me to make her one.  I am also very pleased to say that my spinning has improved tremendously since those early days, so this is the bag I am currently working on.  All the wool is spun, it is a beautiful silvery colour, which is the natural colour of the fleece of this zwartble/suffolk cross.

The main body of the bag is nearly complete, leaving the shoulder strap and the flap to complete.  I think a bold pink and white floral design fabric will make a wonderful lining, and a silvery button for the flap.

So there’s our first sneeky peek at what is being made at the moment.

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