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Exhibit with Carding and Spinning Demonstration

Some time ago as we minded an art exhibit I watched my friend Maria as she used her spinning wheel.  I didn’t think to film even though I was fascinated by her expertise which I witnessed especially in the gesture she uses when adding wool to the thread.  She is aware of each fiber.

This week she gave a demonstration to a group of people who study French and English.  I was happy to be able to attend and try using the video function on our camera.  The movement I wanted to capture is at about the 6:05 moment.

She had a very nice exhibit set up including samples of wool, drawings of sheep, knitted items and more.  There were two identical sweaters except that one had been washed and the other not.  She prefers to spin unwashed wool.  The unwashed sweater was created for a Guinness record “from sheep to shoulder”.  Maria spun while 4 women knitted and in under 2 hours (1 hour, 55 minutes and some seconds) Maria was clothed in a new sweater.

One day Maria was struck by the beauty of some Virginia creeper which inspired her to make a scarf in those colours, dying the wool with onion skins.  Another day she saw a splendid caterpillar which she immediately captured by painting it; the ensuing sweater is magnificent.

I hope you enjoy this video.  I combined several “episodes” and some photos.