A lively event unfolded over the Victoria long weekend. based on a hunch- and research that found this link – we explored the fibre potential of invasive scotch broom- and a new dance was invented in the process, the broomella- yes,in due time I hope to get a video up!
scotchbroom after being cooked with soda ash for a few hours
dancing on the broom
musical accompaniment in the rain
picking long fibres from chaff
after washing and leaving to dry, fibres were carded for spinning
Karen spinning fibre- I must work on my drop spindle skills!
an amazingly strong fibre- if time consuming to get… but we did have a hell of a good time and will try this again later in the season after more sun has been absorbed into the scotchbroom