JC04 3Ls and 3Cs
with Deb Robson
We’ll experiment with six wools in two sets of three that relate to each other historically and yet differ radically from each other. We have a very early breed in this group, quite a modern one, and several that developed in the centuries in between. On the practical side, we will (of course) spin samples. As we do, we’ll talk about history and how the breeds came into existence and are defined. Three Ls: Leicester Longwool, Border Leicester, and Bluefaced Leicester. The three Ls are all English longwools, and they’re all related to each other. Yet they’re astonishingly diverse. Come get acquainted with them. Three Cs: Cormo, Corriedale, and Coopworth. These three breeds from Australia and New Zealand demonstrate the shift from traditional to modern production breed definitions and development. They’re also splendid wools to spin: not only different from each other, but from the three Ls. Your spinning life will be enriched by familiarity with them all. Skill Level: Ability to independently spin singles and make a two-ply yarn and ability to do Andean plying. Participants should bring: Spinning wheel or spindle; nostepinne or ability to do Andean plying; combs, carders, flicker or any other fiber-prep tools of choice, note taking materials, tape, hole-punch to manage samples and although we usually run out of time, you may want some quick sampling tools such as knitting needles, crochet hooks or Weave-it.
About the instructor: Deb Robson has been studying fibers, with an emphasis on the varieties of wool for almost forty years. While other interests have come and gone, this one has only intensified. During her many years the editor of Spin-Off magazine she initiated and coordinated the Save the Sheep project and Handspun Treasure from Rare Wools. More recent projects include The Field Guide to Fleece (Storey 2013) Handspinning Rare Wools (Interweave DVD, 2011) and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More than 200 Fibers from Animal to Spun Yarn (Storey Publishing, May 2011). She taught at SOAR 2011, Maryland Sheep and Wool 2011-2013, Convergence 2012 and elsewhere in the U.S. and the U.K.