Döbeln: Döbeln region: from hand weaving to spinning

Döbeln region: from hand weaving to spinning

Special craftsmen provide special insights on the weekend. Where laboratories and studios are open in the region.

She designed the scarf that Jördis Senf wears herself. Her parents Jörg and Diana Senf open their hand weaving workshop in Roßwein on weekends.
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Central Saxony. How is parrot wool made? How does a hand weaving work? And what does a spinner actually do? Interested parties can delve into these and other questions over the coming weekend. During the European Days of Arts and Crafts (ETAK), the studios and workshops are open and there is an opportunity to watch and participate. In the Döbeln region, three craftsmen participate in the campaign weekend. In total, regions and cities from 21 European countries participate in the event: 200 companies participate in Saxony alone.

Where the fabrics are still hand-woven

Combining traditional craftsmanship and modern design: this is the main concern of “Hannes Feine Manufaktur” in Roßwein. Diana and Jörg Senf open their small hand-weaving shop in Dresdner Strasse, where they make accessories and home textiles with particularly fine materials. “Over the weekend we will show how silk scarves are made. Noble fibers are still in fashion, “says Jörg Senf. Particular value is given to a timeless design, mainly developed by his daughter Jördis.

But fine wool is also worked in small weaving. The Senf family employs sheep farmers and companies in the region that produce wool. “We discovered the possibility of presenting at the European Craft Day only a few years ago. Then unfortunately came the Corona block and there were only online events, “says Jörg Senf. He is therefore particularly looking forward to being able to present hand weaving” live “at the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00: Hannes Feine Manufaktur in Roßwein, Dresdner Straße 24 shows the loom work.

How the yarn is made from wool and fibers on a spinning wheel

“I’m crazy,” says Doreen Böhme from Naunhof near Leisnig about herself. By this it means that she likes to sit at her spinning wheel and make wool from various base materials. The Naunhofen woman has been interested in history since she was a child and above all in beautiful old-fashioned dresses. For more than ten years you have been involved in various trades. After all, she was particularly devoted to the production of yarns from animal fibers.

Doreen Böhme buys shorn sheep’s wool from sheep farmers and transforms it into yarn, just as women did from the Stone Age to the beginning of the 20th century. Later she also took care of modern spinning, she also buys and processes alpaca and angora fibers. “I make sure the ‘fiber donors’ are always well-kept animals. That’s why I usually harvest the fibers myself, which means that my wool is a regional product from start to finish, “explains Doreen Böhme on her website.

To introduce other people to the old craft of spinning, she appears as a spinner and visits nurseries, schools and social institutions. Next weekend she will open the wool and spinning workshop at Naunhof no. 6e. “There are demonstrations and hands-on activities,” says Doreen Böhme. This means that visitors can not only look over their shoulder at work, but also try to shoot things on their own.

Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00: the spinner Doreen Böhme opens her workshop in Naunhof, no. 6e.

Where wool is dyed – colored like a parrot

“We love beautiful wool and we love bright colors,” says Annett Herrmann from Großweitzschen. You have been interested in crafts for a long time. Now it creates new color experiences with its hand-dyed wool. It is nature that acts as a model: each season has its own colors. But he also meets the specific needs of his customers, which he mainly meets in the creative markets. “Wool is not just wool” is the motto. Therefore, in the choice of raw wool retailers, great importance is attached to the link with nature and to the respectful management of the wool raw material. “Respect for the welfare of the current wool suppliers, the animals, is particularly important to us,” says Annett Herrmann. But plant resources are also taken into account.

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Annett Herrmann takes part in the European Craft Days for the first time. Over the weekend he will open his own workshop and show products made with hand-dyed wool. “We look forward to speaking with interested parties,” says the Großweitzschen native.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00: Show days in the wool workshop for parrot wool in Großweitzschen, Westewitzer Straße 2a.

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