Priscilla Lowry, Medieval historian and silk expert, author and lecturer, gave a fascinating talk on the Madonna and knitting/spinning in Medieval art.
Priscilla also led a workshop on spinning silk. We examined silk in all its varieties and preparations, we spun it thick and thin and cut hanks of long tussah into little bits with scissors (gasp!) to make eyelash yarn.
All in all, a satisfying day and thanks are due to Priscilla for much entertainment and elucidation.