Clara Sherman Navajo spinning

Since I’m not making any new videos this time of year, I thought I’d invite you to see other videos that I like, that feature spinners and spinning techniques around the globe.

First up is a video I’m sure many of you have seen already, but it is so beautiful and inspirational when it comes to Navajo spindle spinning. I am talking about Clara Sherman and her wonderful treatment of spindle, wool and spinning. The way she trusts her body to feel when the twist is just right is so liberating. But not only does she trust her body to feel how the wool wants to be spun, she can also verbalize it and explain it to the viewer. That’s skill and knowledge on a deep level. She has a true respect for the wool and animates it when she talks about the wool crying.

The video features all the parts of the process from sheep to the finished rug, and it emphasizes the importance of thoughtful and thorough preparation to make a high quality all the way to the end product.

Clara Sherman died a few years ago, at the age of 96. I’m so happy that someone filmed her and made some of her talent available on YouTube so that  we have the opportunity to learn from her.

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2 Replies to “Clara Sherman Navajo spinning”

  1. I have loved love this for years – thanks for sharing it! This is how I learned to spin, 40+ years ago, and how I like to teach newbies to spin, because it is so simple and productive.

    This video has been a staple in my reference list, and I have recently added yours. Slow fashion 2 – from sheep to shawl is the most beautiful meditation on spinning that I have seen in a long time. Thank you.

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