Saturday January 12th 2019 | Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

We are honored and thrilled to host a traditional Scottish Waulking with Master Tartan Weaver Anne Carroll Gilmour. Anne is one of a handful of people in the world that still honors this traditional practice. Join us for a lively afternoon singing traditional Gaelic songs while strengthening handwoven cloth with hearts, hands and voice.

Anne leading a Traditional Scottish Waulking

What is ‘Waulking’?

Waulking, or luadh (‘loo-ugh’) in Gaelic, is the time-honored process of hand finishing woolen cloth in the traditional way. In the Scottish Gaidhealtachd, most especially in the Hebrides, this method survived into the twentieth century and consists of getting a group of people (usually women) seated around a large table where they thump, rub and pass the newly woven wetted cloth while singing traditional Orain Luadh (rythmic gaelic waulking songs). This is still one of the most effective (& fun!) ways to wet-finish hand woven woolens, and has always served the very practical purpose of making the resulting cloth tight, strong and weather-proof. 

This event is accepting a sliding scale donation fee. We appreciate your support of this amazing artist and her craft.

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Anne was very fortunate to begin learning about these traditional songs and methods as a child at her Grandfather’s knee, and from Scottish Master weaver & tradition bearer Norman Kennedy. If you would like to know more about it, feel free to join us at the waulking on Saturday, January 12th. As has been said, “Many hands make light work”.  See you there!