Valley Weavers & Spinners Meeting
Tuesday, October 5th - Hauberg Civic Center
6:00 Fiber Hour - 7:00 Meeting
Techniques From the Past
Waulking is a traditional method of fulling or shrinking woven wool cloth by pounding so that it is weather-tight and warm. As the process is labor intensive, people came together to pound and full the wool. In Scotland, the waulking was accompanied by songs and traditions to make the work go easier. Originally, the wool was soaked in stale urine to set the vegetable dyes that were used. Not a pleasant smelling process but since your very life would depend on the good wool fabric, one did what was needed!
Here is a waulking song for you to enjoy.