Irish Wool Spinning

Posted by: David ShawSmith

(This is a free preiew of one of our films from The HANDS Series - Wool Spinning.  Feedback appreciated)
Starting with a traditional sheep fair we follow the Carr family of Kilcar, Co. Donegal shearing their sheep and spinning the wool. Plants are collected and used for dyeing the wool. Mrs. Carr spins on the Small or Flax wheel & knits a pair of socks for her husband from her own wool. We see Bessie Morrisson from Co. Mayo, the last person to spin on the Big wheel or Tuirne Mor, & Kate Mitchell from Dingle, who spins on the Kerry big wheel. Made in 1978.
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Dec 7, 2010 | David ShawSmith

Thanks, Fairy Cardmaker. They used to play on RTE, but now we are able to sell them independently. Look for more posts like this to be coming soon.

Dec 6, 2010 | Fairy Cardmaker

I used to watch shows like this when I was much younger. Interesting product!

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