Fleece Day at Glachbeg Croft August 2023

Stephanie Hoyleevent reports, Reports, spinning reports

Glachbeg is a great venue for this kind of event, many thanks to David Spooner and his assistants who had done everything possible to make the day a success for us, there was plenty of car parking and the weather was kind with lovely sunshine throughout the event. The day was planned by Terry Williams, and she and Alison Munro did a great job of setting up and working behind the scenes to make sure everything went well.

The morning was a workshop on choosing, sorting and preparing fleeces led by Alison Strange of
Bunloit Woolery and the afternoon was a sale of fleece. Eight took part in the workshop where Alison showed a range of fleeces both good and bad, including a couple of Black Isle show prize winners. She talked about the joy of crimp, explained about fleeces cut above and below the rise, second cut, characteristics of different kinds of fleeces, and showed how to skirt a fleece.

Other members were also present, and we were very pleased to welcome Carol Crowdy from the
Berkshire guild holidaying on Skye, who came over for the day. We broke for lunch and were treated to a wonderful range of delicious home baking made by one of the people from Glachbeg. We had a good chat with Carol over lunch as she organises the fleece day for her own guild so we got some good ideas for future fleece days if there is sufficient interest to hold another. In the afternoon, anyone who was interested in buying a fleece unrolled it on the table so it could be viewed and the lessons of the morning were put into practice as people decided which fleeces to buy.

All in all, a successful day with lots of learning and laughter – a good time was had by all.