Two weeks ago today, I had the tremendous pleasure of being asked to come to a beautiful yurt and show a group of women how to spin. The wonderful Alice Moffett (who also took all these gorgeous photos), heard about me from someone who had seen me at the Blue Knob Farmers Market Fibre Festival, found me on Facebook, and then made it as easy as she possibly could, for me to turn up and share some spinning stories and inspirations.
It was a real yurt from Mongolia, complete with horsehair rope and felt lining, put up
by it's owner and her close group of friends. Truly inspirational to be in and feel.
|I love other people's perceptions on what is photo worthy :)|
|Lilly and Honu sitting with the various creatures.|
|Showing off crochet hooks whilst sporting a rather spectacular snake tattoo.|
|Skeins, fleeces, wool bag, hooks...|
|Searching for tools to get the spinning wheel spinning.|
|Here's Chris, her beloved dog, her mother sitting on the bed, |
and her spinning wheel that we got humming along sweetly.
|And her second wheel, which was a gorgeous little upright wheel, |
probably locally made, which is common in the world of spinning.
|Beautiful elegant lines on this upright wheel, |
one of the nicest ones I've seen in my travels.
|Sweet Marina probably listening to me telling her that there's no such thing as a mistake |
when learning how to spin, and how it's like learning to drive, using feet
and hands at the same time, and it takes a while to get the hang of it.
|Most likely saying something like "You're doing perfectly,|
and this is exactly the best way to learn, by just feeling it out".
|Using her mums fleece, and asking Lilly to hold onto the beginning, |
I demonstrated to Chris how to twist rope into being.
|The raw fleece doesn't have to be prepared in any way, except for thinning it out as you twist. |
Check out Lilly's fingernails with the nail polish not quite cleaned off!
|We were both so impressed with how delightful a process rope making was for Chris, |
and she kept going on with the yarn I'd pulled out to show her, till it was all
beautifully roped up. Love her angel wings in this photo :)
|I do love these moth wings, and how they wrap round your fingers.|
|Chris's mum and the gorgeous mamma on the bed.|
|Such a beautiful photo.|
|Started off with holding the skein around my knees, old fashioned way...|
|Then Lilly kindly offered to hold the skein and make the ball winding easier for me.|
Lilly was a huge hit at the session, had some awesome conversations, and
really connected with Chris in their love of animals.
|Telling a story and obviously incredulous about something.....|
But look at that ball!