The Kirkwall museum, part 2 – textiles (and serendipity)

The Orkney Museum in Kirkwall requires two posts to even hint at what's there. Part 1, about textile tools, was here. Now let's look at just a few of the fiber-related items in the collection. Textiles Very early in the museum visit, a very early textile. One of the by-far most interesting items is the Orkney … Read more

The Kirkwall museum, part 1 – tools

Did I start this post a month ago? I did, indeed. Life has been intervening. I still have a pile o' deadlines that I need to pay attention to. This morning, however, I will give myself the treat of starting this particular post about: The Orkney Museum in Kirkwall, Orkney . . . another place … Read more

Washing wool (still, or again?)

We'll pick up the other threads I've been talking about again soon, but I've had some deadlines. Some of them involve editorial and layout work and some involve washing wool for next year's workshops. The wool-washing is an ongoing task with intense periods of activity: in order to do it, I have to be home, … Read more

Retreat (with wool) on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

The Scotland, Orkney, and Shetland travel notes will continue, interleaved with real-time updates. There's so much to share. . . .  I'm home again, and while I wasn't ready to leave the places where I traveled, I was ready to be in a familiar environment. Greetings from the family, both two-legged and four-legged, were enthusiastic and … Read more

Orkney – Corrigall Farm Museum

Where Skara Brae shows how residents of Orkney lived 5000 years ago and where Kirbuster was built in the 16th century (and expanded in the 18th), Corrigall Farm Museum brings the progression of home-and-farm sites I visited up to the late 19th century: quite a leap again, even though I also needed to keep in … Read more

Spinzilla blog tour: Fast and easy wools to spin

So. There’s this contest coming up in conjunction with Spinzilla, a community spinning-education event being sponsored by The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) and its Spinning and Weaving Group (SWG). The hullabaloo will occur during National Spinning and Weaving Week, October 7 to 13, 2013, and the idea is to form teams, hosted by TNNA and … Read more