Plots and Spangles exhibition
Sep21

Plots and Spangles exhibition

Auckland Castle will host a display of lavishly embroidered garments brought together for the first time in 340 years. The embroidered vestments chart the spellbinding tale of one woman’s religious devotion in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot that tore her Catholic family apart. Helena Wintour was just six years old when her father and two uncles were hanged, drawn and quartered for their part in the notorious terror plot to kill...

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Woolfest 2015
Jun27

Woolfest 2015

Woolfest 2015 got off to a great start and by mid morning the venue was full of eager crafters. The small stands were crammed with yarns, threads, finished goods and equipment. Hand turned wooden drop spindles sat alongside inkle looms, rigid needle looms and spinning wheels. This time I was accompanied by a partially sighted friend and one of her first comments was “does this piece of card say do not touch?” Yarn crafts...

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Woolfest set to celebrate all things wool
May16

Woolfest set to celebrate all things wool

Woolfest 2015 is taking shape after a huge response to its call for stallholders and with a plan to make even more of its sheep breed connections. “Every year we wonder if the growth trend in wool crafts will continue,” says Marion Woolcott, one of Woolfest’s organisers, “but the demand for stalls has been as strong as ever.” ” We were about 45% over subscribed this year and there are some wonderful new businesses coming...

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Richard III coffin pall
Mar26

Richard III coffin pall

Kind Richard III’s coffin was draped in an elaborately embroidered black velvet funeral pall during the reception service for the monarch at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday 22 March. Created by artist Jacquie Binns, the black velvet pall is beautifully decorated with an intriguing mix of images created with stitches and techniques which themselves date back over 500 years. Along the length of each side are featured a knight in...

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Proper Woolly Fibre Craft Festival
Jan16

Proper Woolly Fibre Craft Festival

Proper Woolly is a new two day fibre event coming to Holsworthy’s new livestock market in Devon this May, bringing together producers, exhibitors and fibre lovers from all over the country into the South West. There will be exhibitors covering fibre production from sheep to jumper and every stage in between. Livestock displays, shearing demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops and hands on demonstrations are sure to provide plenty...

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