Spinner returns to Glenesk Retreat for Heritage Week

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On Sunday, September 6, the Glenesk Folk Museum will be humming with the sound of spinning as acclaimed Kay Anderson returns to demonstrate and share her craft.

‘Keeping The Thread’ is an event which welcomes people to bring and work on handiwork of all kinds. It returns, by popular demand, as part of Angus Heritage week.

The Glenesk Folk Museum is hugely popular for its displays of life in the glen shown in reconstruction rooms, with dressing up for children and adults and a rich and fascinating archive of stories.

It is housed at the Retreat visitor centre, which is only nine miles up the Glenesk road from the B966 between Edzell and Fettercairn.

Museum volunteer Maria MacDonell said: “Last year people of all ages came and sewed, spun, embroidered. They came with tapestry and lace making and knitting and crochet and darning and mending and sat together enjoying tea and a chat, sharing ideas and skills.

“It was a lovely atmosphere. “We are delighted that Kay Anderson is returning to spend the day spinning at the Retreat, showing people a skill which was once well known in the glen.

‘‘She has so much to pass on and to share. People of all ages are always so pleased to meet and watch her and even to have a go. There will also be drop spindles for people to try.”

Kay will be spinning from 11am to 12.30pm and from 1.30 to 30pm.

The event is free and very informal with people sitting anywhere they like to continue their handiwork, or just chat.

Any enquiries can be made by phoning the Retreat on 01356 648 070. The Retreat, with its museum, café , shop and archive facilities, is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and to 6pm at weekends.