Saturday, July 26, 2014

Learn hand spinning yarn from wool

Hand spinning will be live in action on London Family Farm Day.  The Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild will participate in London Family Farm Day with members there demonstrating their skills and techniques in making yarn from wool using the traditional wooden spinning wheel.  Kids and family members can have a chance to learn how to use the spinning equipment to make some yarn themselves.

If you have toured the London Farmhouse, you should have found a nice display of wooden spinning and weaving equipment in a room on the upper floor. Spinning yarn with hand-spinning wheels and weaving cloth with hand looms to make garments were common activities for women in family in the olden days. Since then, hand spinning and weaving have become a heritage and art activity.

The Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild (RWSG) seeks to promote, encourage, and develop the art and craft of weaving, spinning, and dyeing in our community. The Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild has about 30 members. They meet on the third Tuesday each month from September to June in the Fibre Arts Studio at the Richmond Cultural Center.

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