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Utah Scottish Festival 2017:

Hi All! Anne will be doing a waulking at the Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games On Saturday june 10 at 10 am, The Festival is an annual event and will be held at the Utah State Fairpark on North Temple Street in Salt Lake City. More info can be found here:

http://www.utahscots.org/

What is ‘Waulking’?

Waulking, or luadh (‘loo-ugh’) in Gaelic, is the time-honored process of hand finishing woolen cloth in the traditional way. In the Scottish Gaidhealtachd, most especially in the Hebrides, this method survived into the twentieth century and consists of getting a group of people (usually women) seated around a large table where they thump, rub and pass the newly woven wetted cloth while singing traditional Orain Luadh (rythmic gaelic waulking songs). This is still one of the most effective (& fun!) ways to wet-finish hand woven woolens, and has always served the very practical purpose of making the resulting cloth tight, strong and weather-proof. 

Anne was very fortunate to begin learning about these traditional songs and methods as a child at her Grandfather’s knee, and from Scottish Master weaver & tradition bearer Norman Kennedy. If you would like to know more about it, feel free to join us at the waulking on Saturday, as has been said “Many hands make light work”.  See you there!

 

 

Living Traditions Festival 2017:

Anne once again participated in Salt Lake City’s annual Living Traditions Festival this past week-end to represent Scotland with her tartan weaving display and demonstration. It was a little chilly but the clouds parted and the rain stopped just in time to open the gates and a jolly, all inclusive cultural sharing good time was has by all!

Ridge was a big help and a hit in his kilt, bundling up in our woolies was just right for the highland-ish weather!

It was especially nice to have many friends and family stop by for a visit (sister Paige and Mama Marguerite pictured here)

 

Holiday Projects:

Winding down after a busy Solstice season of Holiday shows and Farm work, it was fun to sit down and work on some Holiday gifts for loved ones. It was particularly intriguing to invent this mathematically complex cable design in a cap for my eldest grandson Elliot. I used elements of classic buckle braids in mirror image, interlaced with horseshoe cables.

Messing with the chart as work is underway, I always design ‘on the fly’ it seems.

 

Close-up detail

The finished hat on the husbeast (easier to get him to hold still than to get Elliot to cooperate 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also did up a quick pair of mittens for my middle grandson, he now wears them non-stop!

I re-visited my fenceline Mittens design for this project

He’s always such a happy little camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did a pair of Celestial themed mitts for my daughter which have been in the works for some time, I was so happy to finally get them done:

Crescent mitt under way

All Done, and fitting for a Soltsice Celebration!

cuffs feature phases of the moon, palms have little stars

 

My initial design sketch, sort of pleasing to have the original concept somewhat resemble the finished product 🙂

Here is a very nice feature on Anne at the Hand Crafted Art Traditions website.

Many thanks to Folklorist Georgia Weir for the mention!

Anne & cradtheloom

 

 

 

 

Sagebrush Fiber & Folk Art Fest 2016

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Evanston Fiber Bestival 2016:

Anne will be giving a hat knitting lecture/demonstration and q & a session, as well as a highland waulking at this event next weekend. She will also be hosting a vendor booth with all her latest creations, if you are in the Evanston Wyoming area c’mon out and see us! Check out the Uinta County Library Facebook Page for more information, as well as the link above.

Living Traditions 2016!

Anne will once again be making her annual trek to the Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 22. She will be there answering questions, selling her wares and demonstrating Scottish Tartan weaving from noon to 7 PM, as in years past. Although Anne will only be there on Sunday, The Festival runs all week-end and for more info, visit their web page  Here

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For my Spinning class students:

grouchospin_medium2Many thanks to all of you who for attending last nights’ spinning class at Clark College, it was indeed a pleasure to meet each of you and I was so pleased to share this ancient craft with you for the evening. Here are some links you may find interesting if you decide to add to your knowledge in this fun and fascinating pursuit-

For books, magazines and instructional dvds:

http://www.interweavestore.com/spinning

(If you pay them a visit, be sure to check out the entire site as they cover many wonderful topics)

For wool, spinning wheels and other accessories, try:

http://schachtspindle.com/

or:

http://www.woolery.com/store/pc/home.asp