A Celebration of Making
20 and 21 June 2009
New Brewery Arts in Cirencester hosted a weekend of woolly events as a finale to the exhibition Sheep - from lamb to loom by Kate Lynch and Alastair Goolden.
Saturday’s events kicked off at 11am with a colourful Wool Dance to lively music in the courtyard. Woollen flowers made by the schoolchildren of Cirencester were transformed into a beautiful and unique felt carpet, created by the power of dancing feet.
The finished carpet will be on display at New Brewery Arts.!
COAT IN A DAY
Sponsored by Arts Council England, the Worshipful Company of Weavers and the Clothworkers’ Company, Coat in a Day was a contemporary ‘spin’ on a wager that first took place in 1811 between a landowner and a cloth merchant.
The original challenge was to get the fleece off the sheep and washed, the wool spun, the cloth woven and a gentleman’s hunting coat cut, stitched and lined in the span of a single sunrise to sunset.
So, starting at 5.20am on the summer solstice Sunday morning, we made a coat from scratch - including:
- shearing three sheep
- spinning the yarn
- weaving the hound’s-tooth twill cloth
- designing and cutting the fabric
See our Coat in a Day page for details and pictures.
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