Today’s Woolness Words post is excerpted from a chapter of the same name in Rachael Matthews’ highly recommended book The Mindfulness in Knitting: Meditations on Craft and Calm. We thought it would be a perfect segue into the focus for the forthcoming week: Woolness & the Locale. Noticing Interdependence I find Herdwick a comfort to… Continue Reading WOOLNESS WORDS: Rachael Matthews ‘Finding Our Place Through Yarn’
The Prick Your Finger haberdashery, with hand-crocheted signage made of Rough Fell wool Yarn The Prick Your Finger jingle, made by Felicity Ford during the first KNITSONIK residency, 2011 Last year during WOVEMBER we featured this piece about Rachael Matthews and the Prick Your Finger haberdashery, highlighting some of the ways in which the work… Continue Reading Rachael Matthews and Louise Harries on Working with Wool… AKA ‘Louder than Bombs’
Today’s Woolness Words post is excerpted from a chapter of the same name in William J. Claxton’s children’s reference book, Wool and the Weaver, Rambles among our Industries. We felt that – like yesterday’s Woolness Words from Rachael Matthews – it would offer a different perspective or framing for our forthcoming week of posts themed… Continue Reading WOOLNESS WORDS: William J. Claxton ‘In a Woollen Town’
We shall be hearing more from Kate Graham this evening, and as we were thinking yesterday about coloured fleeces and their sale and use, I came across the phrase “Hodden Grey” in K.G. Ponting’s worthy tome, The Wool Trade. Herdwick photo, © Kate Davies The Herdwick is a very hardy breed found in Cumberland and… Continue Reading Wovember Words: Grey Hodden
We do not have very many posts on the subject of ‘Wearing Wool’ this year, as there seemed to be so much more to say about ‘Working with Wool’ and so many people doing amazing stuff with this textile, that we extended that section. That WOOL is amazing to wear is very evident in the… Continue Reading Lesley Prior on Wearing Wool
Wovember readers, we have not forgotten you, neither have we forgotten the issuing of Prizes for your wonderful photo and blog competition entries! Today team Wovember members T & F met to trade woolskills, to talk about Wovember, and to delight together in WOOL. Here is Tom, combing fibres identified as Romney in Deb Robson’s… Continue Reading From the phones of Team Wovember!
This last post comes from Diane Falck, who has been with us throughout WOVEMBER… whose Ouessant sheeps’ wool we have seen Growing; Harvested; Flick-combed (Processed); Hand-spun and hand-knitted (Worked-with); …and Worn. Diane’s beautiful posts about working with her Ouessant wool convey a deep sense of connectedness – the very title ‘Spinning Shepherd’ suggests a real… Continue Reading Diane Falck’s last thoughts on WOVEMBER…
Wool is absolutely essential to life, kind of like milk. We begin with this quote and image from Audrey Nicklin, submitted last year to our photo competition, because researching this bit of WOVEMBER has revealed so many diverse ways that WOOL can enhance life when used to ‘clothe’ the house and the garden! Today we… Continue Reading Wearing Wool… The House & Garden Special!
Following on from Cecilia’s accounts of creating her handspun yarn using locally made tools and locally grown materials, we thought you might enjoy this post, previously published on The Domestic Soundscape blog, which celebrates some of the wooden tools employed by hand-spinners, and the wood workers who make them. If you like this story, you… Continue Reading On Working with Wool & Wood
I hope you won’t mind a personal post here from me, Felicity, one of the members of TEAM WOVEMBER! I wanted to explain a little bit why I chose “Closing the Gap” as the theme for this year’s month-long celebration of WOOL and why there will be a SONIK dimension to this years’ WOVEMBER festivities.… Continue Reading Why “Closing the Gap”? and why SONIK WOVEMBER?