Tuesday 13 September 2011
To mark World Wide Spin in Public Day, Caernarfon Castle will welcome Llyn Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers on Saturday 17 September from 11am-4pm. The spinners and weavers will be demonstrating their skill and using fabrics and dyes commonplace over 700 years ago when the Castle was in its heyday.
Drop spindles were the tools of the day in Britain before the introduction of the spinning wheel in the 13th century, with materials such as hemp, wool, flax and nettle fibres forming the basis for textiles at this time. The Llyn Guild will use the castle’s Eagle Tower for their demonstrations.
The Llyn Guild hopes to raise awareness of the craft and to promote an interest in wool. They will also provide information on the history of spinning and what people used to spin as well as examples of spinning wheels and drop spindles, showing what plants people used to dye wool and linen in medieval times.
Cadw has held a series of adult learning day events at its sites over the last couple of years, and spinning has proven to be very popular with visitors interested in watching the processes and also having a go.
More details on the World Wide Spin in Public Day can be found at www.wwsipday.com .