Second Annual Fibreshed Day – Part 2

The Waulking Ceremony
 
Waulking is a traditional Scottish method used to full and soften fabric. The Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers have been gathering local fibre and working on a Community Blanket Project for the past year.

We started with La Braun of Happy Chick Farm, Gibsons, BC, here with  Shepherdess, Heidi.
FS YR2_W1Sheperdess Heidi with Le Braun

The woven blanket was carried by local Shepherdess, Wendy and many of the proud Artisans who worked on the blanket.
FS YR2_W2 Carrying Blanket to Waulking

The procession was led by piper, John Webb playing the Skye Boat Song.
FS YR2_W3 Piper John Webb

The blanket was dampened with water, a little soap and laid flat on the table.
FS YR2_W4 Dampening the Blanket

The waulking begins…with rhythmic beating and passing the blanket clockwise until, it is fulled and softened. The traditional waulkers sing Gaelic songs to create the beat. We sang the Skye Boat Song and the fiddlers played on!
FS YR2_W5 Waulking Begins

Local Shepherd, Lee from Happy Chick Farm completes the circle from Farm to Finished Product,  the Blanket Project….
FS YR2_W6 Sheperd Lee completes circle

Fibreshed Team thanks our hosts for the day, everyone who attended and participated, SCWSG members, contributors to refreshments and especially our local Shepherds & Shepherdesses.

Photos by George Smith, Ann Harmer, Lynda Daniells, Merrily Corder and Janna Maria Vallee.

Submitted by Lynda & Merrily.

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One thought on “Second Annual Fibreshed Day – Part 2

  1. Noni Fidler

    I am so glad I found your posts several years ago. What an energetic bunch you Sunshine Coasters are!

    Reply

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