Talks and Demonstrations


Photo by John Bull

Talks

I am happy to speak to groups, and those I have spoken to over the years include Retired Civil Service and Teacher Groups, Women’s Institutes, Townswomen’s Guilds, Gardening Groups, University of the Third Age etc., and have ranged in size from fifteen to over one hundred members.

Many have memories of ‘wool’ or ‘knitting’ in their lives, whether it is family members knitting or perhaps of sitting and holding a skein of wool out so mother, wife or girlfriend could wind the wool into a ball.For this reason, my talks have interest for both ladies and gents.

My first talk is called ‘Spinning a Yarn’ where I show how yarn has been made since ancient times I also show how a skein of yarn is made and demonstrate the spinning process - from ancient times right up to the modern day spinning process on the wheel that I bring along. The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was based on fact and I show how the spinning wheel works.

My second talk is called ‘After the Yarn’, where I show how and for what some of the wool was used once it had been spun. I show a little of the history and details of working jumpers which were worn before today’s waterproofs. Because of the importance of wool in the seafaring trade, I was invited to put on several exhibitions on board the ‘Cutty Sark’ in London in the 1990s as this ship held the speed record between Australia and London when shipping wool. This was before it became a tea cutter.

I bring my hand-spun yarns to both talks, along with a range of the lanolin skin care items. See the About Lanolin page for more information. Please contact me if you think either or both of these talks would be interest your group.

Demonstrations

I always bring my spinning wheel to demonstrate Long Draw hand spinning when attending events and. I have a basic re-enactor's style costume (as shown in the photograph) to wear if required. Working crafts hold the public’s interest and enhance an event, making it more memorable. Should you feel a demonstration of the most ancient method of spinning, known as ‘Long Draw Spinning’, would enhance your event then please contact me to discuss.