I've been invited to participate in the Gruntvig programme BOTH (Beauty of Textile Heritage), a collaboration between makers from Scotland, Slovakia and Iceland.
We will gather next week in Auchindrain. My bags are packed and hands well practiced for sharing my 'grass weaving' skills, Angus MacPhee style, as this is why I've been invited along. I want to investigate the ancient textile technique of "Vattarsaumur" which pre-dates knitting. It is known as naalbinding in Scandinavian countries, and knotless knitting or looping in the UK. Made using short lengths, the entire thread your working with is passed through a loop, unlike knitting or crochet. Like knitting and crochet, there are many many different variations on vattersaumur. A technique developed by different isolated cultures, from South America to Australian Aborigines , they all came up with variations of what Angus MacPhee used, all using materials they had to hand.