Monday, 9 May 2011

Tudor Felting, Fulling, Spinning and Knitting

Gareth and I spent saturday at a very enjoyable Elizabethan revel in Guisborough (North Yorkshire) held to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the local college. We took some of our goodies along to trade, but mostly we were there to demonstrate various Tudor fibre arts.

Gareth spent his time working on felting and fulling:

I did some spinning and knitting, working on a stocking on fine wires and a hat on heavier wooden needles, with comparison needles in bone available for inspection. I didnt get any pictures of me at Guisborough, but this one was taken the week before at St Fagans, spinning outside a cottage built in 1544. I'm looking a bit pale and puffy in the pic, sorry about that, was in the process of going down with a mild lurgy of some sort.
All in all its been a very busy and enjoyable couple of weeks, we've met loads of lovely people and had some wonderful conversations about life in Tudor times. I've come home to lots of stocking orders, so that should keep me out of mischief for the rest of this week.

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