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From Wool to Waulking: Spinning Wool and Creating Cloth with Norman Kennedy

Join Norman Kennedy in this DVD workshop while he demonstrates spinning techniques for wool, tells fascinating stories about spinning, and partakes in a traditional community waulking.

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The History! The Stories! The Techniques!

Join Norman Kennedy in an enthralling workshop about spinning, weaving, and waulking wool.

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 generations.

By listening to their stories and learning their craft, Norman preserved skills that were on the verge of disappearing.

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Now you have the chance to experience these traditions, learn the stories, and gain valuable spinning techniques with this workshop!
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In this video workshop, he teaches a new generation of spinners these techniques:

    • Oiling wool for carding
    • Using hand cards to prepare rolls and batts
    • Dressing and spinning with a distaff
    • Creating Shetland-style lace yarn
    • Successfully spinning wool with a variety of spindles, a treadle wheel, and a great wheel

    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.

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    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.”

    –Norman Kennedy

    This workshop comes as a 2-disc DVD set, a standard definition download and a high definition download.
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    SKU: 13SP03

    Author/Speaker/Editor: Norman Kennedy

    Format: DVD

    ISBN 13: 9781596686830

    Customer Reviews

    saw at guild member's home and had to have one of my own. Review by Peggy

    i'm ready for a road trip to see him........

    (Posted on 4/7/14)

    great video Review by Karen

    I love the way he tells stories. You feel like your grandfather is teaching you to spin. I would love to spend a week learning from him.

    (Posted on 3/10/14)

    Delightful and Informative Review by Beth

    How I wish I could have learned from this Master. Buying this DVD was the closest I could get and I learned so much that I have already seen improvement in my spinning. I understand spinning so much better now and only wish I could sit with Norman and watch him work. I can, for hours, by reviewing this DVD over and over.

    (Posted on 1/10/14)