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:
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!
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.
Many 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-
Anne will be participating in a 45 minute Q & A session at the Salt Lake City Living Traditions Festival on Sunday, May 17th as described below:
European Artistry Nurtured in Utah
With family roots in Europe, these local artists pursue art forms that were not only part of their youth but also represent significant aspects of their cultural inheritance. They continue to create this traditional artistry both as a statement of who they are and where they came from and as an expression of personal creativity.