Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sheep To Shawl

Yesterday I spent the day in Surrey participating in my very first competitive "Sheep To Shawl". There were only three teams. Ours, "The Spinning Jennys", came in second.

In four hours (with a 30 minute lunch break) we took a washed fleece,

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prepared it by "flicking" or "combing" it,

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spun it, plyed it, and used it as weft in a shawl that had to measure no less than 20 inches by 72 inches.....

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.....while our spokesperson answered the questions of the judge and entertained the public in a friendly and knowledgeable way.

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Here's the team, minus one member who had to slip away a bit early. As you can see by all the smiling faces, we really had a good time!

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From left to right we have Ann, Babe, Jenny, Marilyn, Jenny, Marlene (me), and Carol. And below is a picture of Vonny, before she rushed off to another event.

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There are many more pictures to see, including ones of the finished shawl. Check them out at the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild photo site.


Belinda said...

While I don't have the funds to purchase a wheel, I do have the ability to buy a drop spindle. I'm so excited to learn how to spin I can barely contain myself.

Knitting is huge in Germany but spinning is usually something that you don't see a lot of people doing let alone having get togethers about.

I envy your day of fun! :D

vanessa said...

congrats! and i love all your skirts :-)

Marlene said...

Belinda, spinning isn't really common here in Canada least you wouldn't really know their were people still spinning unless you happened to be one. Once you are a spinner you start to meet all kinds of spinners through guilds and end up in events sponsored by guilds. If you asked the average person on the street though they would say that spinning was a "long lost art". I've even had people say that about knitting for heaven's sake! As a woman who grew up with many relatives being avid knitters, I laugh when I hear that.

Jewels said...

Thanks for sharing this,...would be great to see that in person.

Maggie Ann said...

How interesting and fun to have a 'look' into your 'Sheep to Shawl' day!