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The History! The Stories! The
Join Norman Kennedy in an enthralling
workshop about spinning, weaving, and waulking
Following his passion for weaving and
knitting around the British Isles and around the world, Norman Kennedy
watched traditional artisans making textiles as they had for
By listening to their stories and learning
their craft, Norman preserved skills that were on the verge of
In this video workshop, he teaches a new
generation of spinners these techniques:
The workshop culminates in a
waulking, a method for fulling cloth that brings people together to
finish cloth by hand—led and accompanied by Norman’s singing in a
variety of languages.
In a bonus segment, Norman
demonstrates using a traditional indigo dye vat and discusses a
variety of natural dye techniques.
Norman Kennedy teaches using the rich past
as his course.
“I don’t need to reinvent the wheel. I’ve
got it all behind me, for generations. As they say, I’ve learned from books, but
you’re always learning. I’m still always learning. But I got an awful lot of
knowledge from people just mentioning things just once and I’d never hear it
again. Same with the stories I hear, same with the songs.”