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

Join Norman Kennedy in this DVD workshop while he demonstrates spinning techniques for wool, tells fascinating stories about spinning, and partakes in a traditional community waulking.
SKU: 13SP03
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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.

Now you have the chance to experience these traditions, learn the stories, and gain valuable spinning techniques with this workshop!

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.

    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

    Additional Info
    Additional Info
    SKU 13SP03
    Product Type DVD
    ISBN 13 9781596686830
    Author/Designer Norman Kennedy
    Customer Reviews (6)
    A Rare Gem...
    Norman Kennedy is a gem, a great teacher, and story teller. The way Norman imparts his information he is a caretaker of, in the few (too few, but I thank Interweave for them) videos Interweave has of him, is just like your sitting, and chatting with an old friend. Oh, and the stories and songs...I could listen to over, and over again, and never tire. I thank Interweave once again for helping preserve Norman Kennedy's vast knowledge of the fiber arts, and the wealth of his heritage.... Review by Linnea (Posted on 2/10/2015)
    Norman Kennedy is such a delightful, charming host and teacher in these videos. He has been doing the crafts he loves all his life and it shows. Love all of his videos. Review by Annie (Posted on 1/19/2015)
    Amazing DVD!!!
    It was like a walk through time with generations of Wool Handlers,and Spinners told with the brogh that brings back the homeness of,"starting times" Review by Michael (Posted on 12/22/2014)
    saw at guild member's home and had to have one of my own.
    i'm ready for a road trip to see him........ Review by Peggy (Posted on 4/7/2014)
    great video
    I love the way he tells stories. You feel like your grandfather is teaching you to spin. I would love to spend a week learning from him. Review by Karen (Posted on 3/10/2014)
    Delightful and Informative
    How I wish I could have learned from this Master. Buying this DVD was the closest I could get and I learned so much that I have already seen improvement in my spinning. I understand spinning so much better now and only wish I could sit with Norman and watch him work. I can, for hours, by reviewing this DVD over and over. Review by Beth (Posted on 1/10/2014)
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