Making Fluff

As PieceWork’s editor, I have the pleasure of working with all of our amazingly talented contributors. Since most are far flung, our communication is via email or phone. But one contributor is just a few miles away, so I have the opportunity to see her in person often. This treasure is Orenburg spinning and knitting expert, Galina Khmeleva.

Fluff! Goat down before it's combed.
Galina Khmeleva demonstrating the art of spinning gossamer threads.

Going to Galina’s home is an amazing treat—it’s warm, inviting, and filled with objects from Russia, including lots and lots of Orenburg gossamer and warm shawls. Seriously, can you think of a better way to spend an afternoon?

But I realize my time with Galina is a privilege and that not everyone will be able to take one of her classes. Her first PieceWork Presents DVD—Spinning Gossamer Threads: The Yarns of Orenburg—is the next best thing. I promise you will feel just like you spent an afternoon with Galina after viewing this DVD.

Galina's plied and finished yarn.

You’ll learn the specific steps involved in the spinning of goat down from combing, preparing the roving, blending fibers, plying, and adding twist, all using traditional Orenburg tools. You’ll also learn a great deal about the traditions of spinning and knitting in Orenburg, and the origin of Galina’s fascination with Orenburg shawls. Original Orenburg shawls from her collection provide the backdrop. She shares all of this along with her passion and tons of tips, tricks, and techniques—from making fluff to the glorious finished product.

Spinning Gossamer Threads: The Yarns of Orenburg lets you learn from a Living Treasure!


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