DD History: 1978 Wool Spinning in Donegal documentary

first_imgThe 1978 documentary ‘Hands’ is about wool spinning in Donegal. It was filmed in Kilcar and Carrick.The documentary shows farmers haggling over sheep, how the wool is twisted into yarn, children collecting lichen to dye the clothes, and the quality of hand knitted goods such as geansaís. Mrs. Morrison‘Hands’ not only takes you through the history of wool spinning, but also the local history, “many’s a match was made at the factory!”“It’s best to spin when the sheep are asleep” was a common phrase said by spinners, however night-spinning, and all the ceoil and craic that went with it, is now a thing of the past.Mrs. Carr was able to raise thirteen children “in frugal comfort”, as they were self-supporting.Mrs. CarrThe children collected lichen from the rocks in order to dye the wool. Mrs. Coyne made three different shades. LichenMrs. Coyne admiring her different shades of woolDD History: 1978 Wool Spinning in Donegal documentary was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal historyhandsirish traditionwool spinninglast_img

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