Slow fashion 2 – from sheep to shawl

Here it is, finally. My second bigger video project Slow fashion 2 – from sheep to shawl.

Slow fashion and the value of a craft

I wanted to make another video on the slow fashion theme. Also, I wanted to show some other aspects of crafting. I have seen people sell handmade items for basically the cost of the material, which is such a shame. There is so much talent, time, effort and experience behind a handmade item. People don’t give it a second thought in a society where we expect to have stuff and we are in turn expected to buy more stuff (that has preferably been shipped three times around the globe). Giant store buildings are popping up like mushrooms because we don’t have any space left for all our stuff. This video is about the value of good craftmanship and all the time, tradition, skill and effort that lie behind it.

Josefin Waltin sitting outside by the spinning wheel. There are garden chairs around her with smartphones attached to them for filming.
In the studio, with garden chairs as camera stands. Photo by Dan Waltin

For the love of spinning

The video is also about the love of spinning. I try to capture the way spinning gives me that meditative feeling, how the motions and the touch of the fibers gives me serenity and a sense of weightlessness.

The leading fleeces

The fiber in the shawl is from two natural colour Shetland fleeces. The warp was spun worsted on a spinning wheel from hand-combed tops and 2-plied. The weft was spun woolen on a Navajo spindle from hand-carded rolags into a singles yarn. The shawl was woven on a 60 cm rigid heddle loom on double width.

Josefin Waltin standing in field with plaid shawl over her arm, sheep in the background.
The finished shawl. Photo by Dan Waltin

For tools and designers, see this post. For a connection to Outlander, look here.

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11 Replies to “Slow fashion 2 – from sheep to shawl”

  1. Josefin,
    Your films and clips are so inspirational!
    I’m a spinner, felter, knitter and weaver. I watched slow fashion (1) and you inspired me to investigate different spinning tools and also preparing raw fleece. I’m now enjoying combing fleece and I’m currently learning spinning supported with a Tibetan spindle.

    I love this new film too.

    Thank you for inspiring me!

  2. I have just found your site and subscribed. Thank you so much for sharing your work and techniques – I have been spinning on a wheel for many years and am trying to branch out beyond my comfort zone and experiment with spindles (much more travel friendly) and your videos are encouraging and insightful.

    1. Thank you, I’m so happy to hear that. There is so much to learn from spinning on spindles. And the things you learn you can use to further develop spindle spinning and also to bring back to wheel spinning and refine your techniques from your widened horizons. Happy spinning!

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