Hilandia

HAND SPINNING AND WEAVING

Spinning with wool is the creation of yarn from the sheep’s fleece. This yarn originates from the sheep’s fleece and ends up in beautiful garments or ornaments. Weaving is the interweaving of threads to achieve the fabric.

In Hilandia, we want to weave experiences. Ask us for the garment you want and we will weave it in the color of your choice.

Spinning is the process of creating the thread from the fleece. This thread is born from the sheep’s fleece and ends up in beautiful garments that wrap and caress us. Knitting is the new yoga, knitting by hand I get to create and meditate. Weaving is not only creating clothes, it is much more. It is weaving experiences.

Hilandia is weaving experiences. Hilandia is a craft activity. To weave is to interweave threads to get the fabric.

Before getting the fleece yarn, the sheep’s wool needs an initial treatment. We have to prepare the fiber to obtain the warmest and finest yarn.

What is spinning?

Spinning is a craft activity

Spinning is a craft activity that consists of transforming several short fibres into a continuous and consistent strand, which makes it possible to obtain a thread that can be converted, once interwoven, into different types of fabric.

Handmade spinning offers the opportunity to use natural resources in a sustainable way, as well as having relaxing virtues.

A little history of spinning

Spinning with a spinning wheel is a craft activity, an intermediate step between the first spinning of animal or vegetable fibres with rudimentary instruments. The earliest traces lead us to believe that the first spinning was done with the fingers. In the Neolithic period, simple tools began to be used, such as a stick with a weight, which we call a spindle. And the loom to weave the thread resulting from spinning.

Weaving arose from the need to protect oneself from the inclemency of the weather. We begin to spin linen in summer and wool in winter.

Spinning with the spinning wheel or distaff is an evolution of previous techniques, in which the wool is twisted and wound on the spindle. This is an advance that frees the hands and makes the handicraft activity faster. This machine, so sophisticated at the time, was the forerunner of the machines that started the Industrial Revolution.

Representation of spinning in fairy tales and art

Sleeping Beauty is the tale we have in our memory in which we see the princess Aurora spinning with a spinning wheel, and when she is pricked by the spindle she falls asleep. A curiosity, reading the version “Sun, Moon and Talia” by Giambattista Basile, who captured the oral tradition of the tale, before the variants by Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, the princess pricks herself with a splinter of the linen she is spinning, not with the spindle.

In medieval times there are many representations of this technique of preparing the fiber before weaving. But it was Velázquez who immortalized spinning in the famous painting “Las Hilanderas” (The Spinners) of 1644. This painting depicts the legend of the Goddess Athena and the virtuous weaver Arachne in which the competition between them to see who can weave the most beautiful tapestry. The result, a tapestry in which Arachne immortalizes the loves of Zeus, drives Athena to fury, who turns Arachne into a spider and condemns her to weave for eternity.

Hand-spun leads us to weave experiences of all kinds, a little bit of history, a little bit of art, a little bit of legend.

Knitting anywhere, anytime, anywhere is a real pleasure

HANDKNITTING

Weaving, weaving, weaving – this is what Penelope does.

In Homer’s work, The Odyssey, which narrates the Trojan War, for 20 years, Penelope wove a shroud during the day for the funeral of her father-in-law, King Laertes, and to avoid having to marry any of the pretenders to the throne of Ithaca, she unknitted it by night what she had knitted by day.

What might seem like submission to her missing husband, Ulysses, who went to fight in the Trojan War, was the strength that made him take command of the kingdom of Ithaca so as not to bow it to his enemies.

I like this simile of weaving and unweaving, something that is very similar to life itself.

Why I knit?

I don’t compare myself to Penelope’s literature, but I do knit and unknit as a pleasurable and relaxing activity. There is a saying, “find a job you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life”. Well, that’s what I’ve done, I’ve taken up spinning and weaving by hand.

Knitting is a relaxing activity. Moreover, it can be addictive.

A friend of mine says that it is like meditating and in some cases it can even replace this activity.

SOLIDARITY KNITTING

Knitting for others

Some of the work that I knit is destined for solidarity knitting. Some of the projects in which I have participated have been very gratifying. As sharing is part of success, here are some of the solidarity projects in which I have collaborated.

In the “Seas of Solidarity” campaign organized by the IAIA Association, I knitted a beautiful alpaca blanket with circles that resembled the blue and white bubbles that the sea produces with the waves. I had the satisfaction of exhibiting my blanket at the Museum del Traje in Madrid.

I also knitted a honeycomb blanket for IAIA, an association that is very active in solidarity work, for the “Save the Bees” campaign. We also knitted small cotton blankets for premature babies to cover their defenseless little bodies. We also participate in workshops to raise awareness among children in schools about the importance of bees in the balance of our ecosystem, knitting and making bees out of wool.

For Red Madre, an association that helps expectant mothers at risk of exclusion, I have knitted some beautiful outfits for the newborns.

At Cáritas Santa María del Bosque, to contribute to the charity markets which are organised periodically, I knit for babies to raise funds.

At the Hospital La Paz in Madrid we do wool and yarn workshops with the children in the hospital to make their stay more pleasant and bearable.

Hilandia craft activity