The Wonders of Wool

The Folk & Costume Museum at Saumarez Park will be exploring the intriguing story of Guernsey’s wool industry.

Imagine being able to pull a woollen knitted stocking through a finger ring. Such was the quality of Guernsey woollen stockings, that between 1700 – 1800 the Island was producing and exporting exquisite woollen stockings all over Europe; the must-have clothing accessory for the wealthy social classes.  

The fine art of hand-spinning wool on beautifully crafted machines is still practiced today and will be demonstrated on Friday 19th April, using several different spinning wheels. There will be a tactile display of different wool samples and visitors can try their hand at spinning.

The museum will tell the story of Guernsey’s iconic knitted item, the guernsey, lovingly-fashioned for Guernsey fishermen by kinfolk. Various features of the guernsey will be explained. Written information on the history of spinning and knitting in Guernsey will be provided, free to take away and read at your leisure.

To complement the story of the guernsey, visitors are invited to explore the museum’s Costume Exhibitions for 2019, which include a rare and handsome 100 year old guernsey. The newly decorated and expanded shop at the museum, now stocks guernsey’s, which can be purchased at a special price on Friday 19th April.

Free entry for all visitors.

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