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

Join Norman Kennedy in this video download 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: EP6072

    Author/Speaker/Editor: Norman Kennedy

    Format: Standard Definition Video

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    SKU: EP6072

    Author/Speaker/Editor: Norman Kennedy

    Format: Standard Definition Video

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    Customer Reviews

    Wonderful video Review by Linda
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    These videos are filled with so much spinning information and history that they invite several viewings. They are not classes or lessons per say, but are one of the best purchases I have made.

    (Posted on 11/10/2014)

    (Posted on 11/10/2014)

    Very Enjoyable Experience Review by Kate
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    I grew up in the '80s when everything was cheap and cheaply made. All of our household goods did, and still do come from the cheapest source possible but with the highest human cost. As I grew up, I began to spin and realized the importance of investing both time and materials into sustainability and quality. I've never woven anything, mostly because of the competitive and somewhat expensive nature of it. I am, however inspired to pursue the knowledge (I don't mind digging for it- I'm a librarian). With no family background in textiles to build on, other than my own personal study, it should be an interesting and lifelong adventure. Of all the wonderful elements in this video, the most valuable to me were the stories. Thank you for that.

    On a side note: The second song Mr Kennedy sings during the waulking closely resembles the Appalachian song "Wind and Rain". The tunes are different, but the stories are the same. Another attribute, it seems that connects Gaelic culture to our own.

    (Posted on 7/10/2014)

    (Posted on 7/10/2014)

    BEST PURCHASE EVER Review by Amanda
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    I simply adore this man and his work. This video tickles me to no end. The old time knowledge Norm shares, the songs, and stories are all invaluable. I have learned SO much that I haven't heard or found elsewhere, all of which is extremely helpful information for taking my art to a higher level and for me to feel and be connected with the immense line of craftspeople who handed us down their knowledge of traditional craft and homesteading. This is a HUGE gift to me.

    Also, among many other inspirations, it inspired me to finally get my great wheel up and spinning, which has been a huge source of fun and joy for me.

    Thank you Norm Kennedy, for sharing all of this with us, and thank you to Interweave Press for producing them gem! Forever grateful.

    (Posted on 5/30/2014)

    (Posted on 5/30/2014)