This hands-on, five-session project will inspire and educate children from Clouna NS about the story of wool, from carding to spinning to dyeing wool with plants, and weaving fabrics on the loom.
The sessions are led by artist Susanna Anker, who will present a variety of different types of fleece. She will show children the fleece of a sheep that has just been shorn and is in its natural state, not yet scoured (cleaned) or carded (combed).
The children will be introduced to the story of wool from a heritage perspective, including where the wool comes from and how it is carded, dyed, and spun. The sessions will also explore the uses of wool, such as felting, knitting, and crochet. The children will learn how felt is made and will design and make their own pieces of felt, which they will use to make a pencil case. The children will be encouraged to take the project in any direction they wish, for example to make felted items, weaving, felt pictures, and more.
The creative process for this exciting project will be documented through video and the children’s work will be exhibited in the schools for Cruinniú. The pre-recorded video will be available to watch all day on June 12th on the Clare Library YouTube Channel, and it will be shared on the Creative Ireland Clare Facebook page.
Cruinniú na nÓg - Clare