From Fabulous Natural Fibers to Flamboyant Fabric: the craft and art of hand spinning and weaving –Amy Brown

Amy Brown will talk about making fibers into fabric at South Georgia Growing Local 2014:

This lecture/ workshop will explore making yarn, thread, and cloth. Preparing the natural fiber, the hand spinning process, and  weaving will be demonstrated. There will be a  hands-on introduction to many different natural fibers  and a discussion of their individual characteristics which may be used to enhance a final cloth. A few spindles and wool will be available if you would like to try out what you have learned .  Inexpensive spinning and weaving tools that are easy to make will be discussed so you can get spinning and weaving right away.  Though the emphasis in this hour and a half is on spinning for weaving, discussion will also include spinning for knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, embroidery, and sewing. Come and join us and learn to turn your cotton fields, pet hair, sheep wool, and other fabulous fibers into unique cloth that your friends will admire. 

Her speaker bio:

I grew up loving textiles, learning my colors,  playing with my mothers buttons and threads as she sewed for her three daughters. She gave me scraps of her fabric at an early age to make my own doll clothes and I completed my first embroidery when I was 5 years old. I earned my B.S. at the University of Georgia in Home Economics. My studio work is focused on researching and drawing from historic textile techniques such as lace making, spinning, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and sewing while putting them into a modern context. I also am  fortunate to  have a job that combines this love of history and textiles and the desire to preserve them for future generations! 

She works for the Lowndes County Historical Museum in Textiles and Research. Come to SOGALO2014 and hear Amy Brown explain fibers to textiles!


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