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The Campaign for Wool is a global endeavour to raise awareness of consumers about the natural, renewable, unique and biodegradable benefits of this fibre which has been used by humans for centuries, writes Nic Goddard.
As many of us are eschewing fast fashion and becoming aware of the environmental impact of man made fibres which can release micro plastics into oceans and waterways, the Campaign for Wool strives to introduce and reconnect us to the versatility and
multiple uses of wool.
An annual Wool Week has been running as part of the campaign since 2010.
Alongside the move back towards natural fibres for clothes and furnishings, there is a growing interest in rural crafts including dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet.
Here in the Highlands, many of these skills have continued to be passed down from generation to generation as traditional crofting activities.
Darach Croft and the Ariundle Centre in Strontian teamed up last weekend to offer a two day ‘Woolly Weekend’ event.
Organiser Sarah Asher explained: ‘We at Darach Croft and the Ariundle Centre are developing ideas to use fleeces from local crofts and farms.
‘A part of this project is to offer workshops to share our passion for these heritage skills and our knowledge about how to process, spin and naturally dye sheep wool.
‘The two day workshop, held during Wool Week was an introduction to all things woolly.’
And Sarah continued: ‘We spent time handling and preparing raw fleeces and learning techniques such as washing and carding the fibres. We looked at spinning fleece using drop spindles and spinning wheels along with an introduction to wet felting and needle felting.’
Attendees thoroughly enjoyed getting hands on with fleeces commenting: ‘It was fascinating. I was so excited to be learning new skills and working with such lovely natural materials.’
To find out more about courses and workshops visit www.darachcroft.com
Campaign for Wool http://www.campaignforwool.org/