Who we are and how we started:

Summerisle Spinners and Weavers, Inc. consists of a group of volunteers who demonstrate spinning and weaving for the purpose of educating the public. The idea for our organization was born when our current volunteers got together and set up camp at the 1998 Florida Renaissance Festival in Hollywood, Florida. For five weekends eight volunteers camped and lived in the days of King Henry the VIII.

We cooked our meals over an open fire, baked bread in our own brick oven, churned butter, and demonstrated the carding and spinning of wool on the drop spindle and spindle wheel, and the weaving of wool and linen on the inkle loom and four-harness loom.

Our clothing:

While not all of our clothing worn at demonstrations is handspun or handwoven, we do insist that volunteers wear clothing appropriate for the period of history in which they are demonstrating. We use fabric and construction methods appropriate for the period.

Our demonstrations:

Summerisle Spinners and Weavers are available for demonstrations for schools and events.

Picture Gallery

Information for Volunteers

Schedule of Appearances and Events

Our 13th century loom project

Recommended books on historical fiber arts

Call or write for further information: (561) 340-3399 or e-mail

Links:

Florida Renaissance Festival - Deerfield Beach, Florida

Spin to Weave - Home page for the Spin to Weave e-mail list

Tasha Tudor Fan Page


This Site Last Updated: May 21, 2003