Spinning fibres into yarns is an ancient craft dating back at least 200,000 years, when string yarns were used to make skirts and fastenings.
Weaving and embroidery can be traced to around 30,000BCE, providing fabrics easily fashioned into clothes and furnishings were sometimes decorated using different coloured yarns. The invention of the loom around 4,000BCE brought an era of superior woven fabrics which could be made into a variety of essential and decorative items. Knitting, lace making, and crochet were relative late comers, reaching Europe at intervals via different trade routes.
Until last century, yarns were spun from natural plant and animal fibres. The 1900s saw both the addition of man-made yarns such as rayon and nylon, and the mechanisation of yarn crafts. Traditional yarning methods were left to some professional crafters and a growing army of amateur enthusiasts.
Enter ‘Yarn Addicts’, a new Rotherham u3a pilot group initially meeting for 10 weeks starting in September. Each two-hour, weekly session costs £2.50pp.
Yarn Addicts is especially designed for anyone who enjoys or would like to try one or more yarn crafts: sewing, knitting, crochet, patchwork, embroidery, applique work for example. Like other creative activities, yarning releases feel-good hormones, relieves depression and anxiety, and improves the immune system.
Whether a beginner or an experienced ‘yarner’, being in a group of fellow enthusiasts is a great way to pick up useful tips, to learn and to try new skills, with the additional bonus of meeting different people and making new friends. To book a place or for further information, contact Angela on 07711 290829.
Learn more about Rotherham u3a at www.u3asites.org.uk/rotherham.