2nd Monday of the month
September through June
Allen Methodist Church
16775 Allen West
General Meeting: 6:30pm
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Calendar and Events 2017/2018
September 10, 2018
Elizabeth Hill -- Deflected double weave
October, 8, 2018
atrice Riordan -- Painted warps
November, 12, 2018
Susan Torntore -- Nigerian Adire--Resist Indigo-dyed Cloth of the Yoruba
December, 10, 2018
Christmas Gift Exchange, Potluck
January, 14, 2019
Kris Abshire -- Esoteric Cloth
February, 11, 2019
Carol James -- Sprang
March, 11, 2019
Liz Moncrief -- Crackle
April, 8, 2019
Molly Gerhard -- TBA
May, 13, 2019
June, 10, 2019
Potluck and Challenge Projects
Highland Games Waulking (Cloth finishing )Video.
On Saturday and Sunday of the Mount Vernon, WA Highland Games Seirm lead members of The Spindrifters and Skagit Valley Weavers Guild through a Waulking.
It attracted a good sized attentive crowd. Below is a description of the event written by Penny McLeod DeGraff Gaelic Music Director
Slighe nan Gaidhealare along with two videos taken on Sunday
Our group is called Seirm (pronounced SHARE-em) and we're part of Slighe nan Gaidheal (pronounced SLEE-uh nun GAY-ull),
Washington's Scottish Gaelic language and cultural society.
Members of Seirm, the musical outreach group of Slighe nan Gaidheal, demonstrated how to "waulk the tweed" at the Skagit
Valley Highland Games July 9th using a beautiful woolen cloth woven by Margaret Magic. The group welcomed audience
participation as they sang waulking songs while rhythmically beating the wet cloth on a table.
Waulking, also known as fulling or milling, is the ancient process of finishing newly woven woolen cloth by
repeatedly beating the wet cloth by hand on a hard surface. Waulking tightens the weave, softens the cloth,
and increases the cloth’s ability to keep out the wind and rain. Although other cultures finished cloth in a
similar manner, the tradition of singing while beating the cloth is unique to the Highlands and Western
Islands of Scotland.
Waulking songs have a strong, regular rhythm and served to keep the beating steady and lighten the work.
The waulkers were usually seated around a table and the tweed would be placed on the table with both ends
basted together to form a circle. One person would sing the verses and everyone would join in the choruses.
Waulking songs often included the local village gossip, as well as telling tales of love, fallen war heroes,
praise of clan or homeland, and humor, among other things.
Slighe nan Gaidheal has sought to help preserve the waulking songs and associated traditions by singing
waulking songs over cloth at least once a year ever since 1995 when our first waulking was held at the
Weaving Works in Seattle. As any of our singers will attest, singing a waulking song in rhythm while
beating the cloth on a table gives a whole new perspective and tactile experience to how waulking songs
are meant to be sung. It's a lot of work, but lots of fun!