What began as a single Spinning Evening a few summers ago has evolved into a regular fortnightly occurrence, starting in May and continuing to the end of August. Initially only a few people came, with their spinning wheels, but gradually the word spread, and when we set up our Facebook page, it spread further and faster.
All levels, from beginner to expert, could be found at da Böd on these evenings. Whatever your problem, someone there would be able to fix it. Some of the participants were even able to lead workshops, for example on how to grade a fleece – a topic many of us knew little about.
Then one night, someone came along who didn’t want to spin, just watch, but brought their makkin‘ (knitting) with them. And so it progressed – more knitters arrived, and the Spinning Nights became Spinning and Makkin’ Nights. Occasionally someone brings along a spindle – usually a visitor, who didn’t have room for a wheel in their luggage ! If you don’t have a wheel or a spindle, but would like to have a go, we can provide you with one to try.
Each summer, we now have extra nights where someone will talk, or lead a discussion, on some aspect of textiles. The next informal discussion evening this season will be on July 25th, when a regular attender, James Neilson, will bring along examples of his spinning and knitting. Yes, there are men in Shetland who spin and knit ! Later, on 22nd August, Andy Ross from Global Yell will give a talk entitled “Pieces from an Eccentric Collector”, when he’ll talk about some of the items in his textile collection. Other topics might be added as we go along.
So, why don’t you join us ? You don’t need to book, just turn up between 7.00 – 9.00, with £3.00 entry fee and, along with lots of laughs and tips, we’ll provide you with a cup of tea and a nice biscuit – or even a home bake, if you hit the right evening!