A Fleece-Lover's Kind of Party
There’s weaving for pleasure, weaving for clothing, and weaving for warmth, and Norman Kennedy does all three. His video From Wool to Waulking (40% off until June 7) begins with a fleece and ends with a group of experienced friends sitting around a long table, pounding cloth and joining in as Norman sings traditional songs. It’s a spinning video, but I don’t know of any other place for a weaver to watch a certified national treasure* finish the yardage for a pair of wedding blankets, pull it off the loom, and complete it in a traditional finishing party. (Bonus: The video includes Norman’s advice on traditional indigo dyeing.)
* Norman was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 2003 for weaving, singing, and storytelling, all of which he shows off in this video.
Editor, Spin-Off Magazine