About Carey Fleiner
- I learnt embroider, knit, and crochet whilst still in single digits, and I has been spinning and weaving for about 30 years.
- I have experience with and am available to demonstrate (in character or modern day) spinning, weaving, and other textiles at heritage sites and museum from Roman through to WWII
- I have exhibited award-winning work in many fibre shows mainly in the United States including the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
- As an historian of Classical history (University of Winchester) I am keen on the history of spinning and weaving, especially in Classical Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, and have given public talks on sheep, wool production, and wool in Classical culture and society.
- Craftswork focuses on long-draw wool spinning, cotton spinning, Nalbinding, Working with exotic fibres, Nalbinding
Heritage site talks and demonstrations – spinning, weaving, and other crafts
I have a wide experience of demonstrating textile arts in a heritage setting; these include spinning, weaving, nalbinding, and sprang. Site experience includes
- medieval (the Campus Galli in Germany, an experimental archaeology site where historians, academics, and experienced craftspeople are recreating a 9th century Carolingian monastery)
- Renaissance (having been a Tudor at Renaissance festivals with my great wheel and spindle)
- Early modern (regular appearances at Little Woodham, a 17th century living history experience in Gosport, Hampshire)
- Victorian and WWII (at Manor Farm, Botley, Hampshire)
I am comfortable acting in period dress and speaking of contemporary textile work from the Roman period through to World War II. I have completed a number of workshops on textile practice, including work with ancient and prehistorical textile techniques, nettle-work, and medieval spinning/distaff spinning.
My background professionally is an historian — a senior lecturer in Roman history at the University of Winchester), and I am a confident public speaker. I am fully insured and DBC certified.