From 1pm to 3pm, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life’s handloom weaver and spinner, Celestine Scanlon, will be working with Palacerigg’s sheep shearer to demonstrate how wool becomes cloth.
Sheep shearer Paul Rigby says: ”There will be lots to see and do all afternoon. Watching the rare breeds being shorn is interesting and fun, and a great way to find out more about the animals at Palacerigg.”
The rare breeds at Palacerigg are the source material for Celestine’s fantastic weaving events which take place at Summerlee on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Weaver Celestine commented: “It’s a real treat to be invited to come and work with the sheep here in the beautiful surroundings of Cumbernauld. If you have never seen weaving or spinning first hand, now is a great time to learn more.”
Celestine has also woven a rural scene of Palacerigg using wool from sheep there, and this will be presented to the park on the day to hang in the visitor centre.
If you’d like to create your own masterpiece, you can do your own weaving from 1pm to 3pm at a small cost of 50p per person. Just drop in – there’s no need to book.
For more information contact Ann McKillop, senior operations officer, North Lanarkshire Council on 01698 402097 or Lu McNair, learning and access manager on 01236 638352.