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Spinning Gossamer Threads: The Yarns of Orenburg (HD Video Download))

Experience the traditions and techniques used to spin the gossamer thread yarn used to create Orenburg shawls.
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PieceWork magazine is proud to present a workshop that brings the traditions of Orenburg into your home.

The hand knitted shawls of Orenburg, located in the steppes of the southern Ural Mountains, set a world standard for exquisite handspun yarns and delicate lace patterning. The beauty and durability of these heirloom creations begin with the yarn: cashmere from the densely-coated goats of the region, an unusual way of preparing the fleece on a Central Asian-style comb, and skillful spindle spinning.

Galina Khmeleva has made a life work of learning the traditional skills of Orenburg spinners and knitters, and promoting their artistry throughout the world. In this video download, you will learn first-hand:

  • The properties of Orenburg cashmere and how they influence the knitting
  • How to comb on a tool unique to the region
  • How to separate the finest fibers from those more suitable for heavier knitting
  • How to spin on the slender, shapely, whorl-free Orenburg spindle
  • How to ply and finish your yarn

You’ll also hear wonderful stories from a woman who has spent her adult life absorbing the traditions that bring this time-honored folk craft to life.

About the Author

Galina Khmeleva teaches the skills of Orenburg spinning and knitting throughout the world. Her business, Skaska Designs,  provides tools and materials, and also sells shawls created by the knitters of Orenburg. She is author of Gossamer Webs: History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls (Interweave, 1998). Galina is also a long time contributor to PieceWork magazine and it's special issues. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband, George Girard.


Author/Speaker/Editor: Galina Khmeleva

Format: High Definition Video Download

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