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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The Weaver’s Idea Book
Jan14

The Weaver’s Idea Book

The Weaver’s Idea Book, Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom by Jane Patrick and published by Interweave Press is a comprehensive book for all rigid heddle loom owners, those new to weaving or wishing to progress their design skills. One of the most common comments about the rigid heddle loom is that it only creates plain weave fabrics and is just for beginners, but nothing could be further form the truth.  With a little...

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Shetland Sheep
Jan03

Shetland Sheep

According to The Shetland Sheep Society, Shetland Sheep are a very hardy breed, easy to lamb, make great milk mothers and have the highest quality fine fleece, tasty, sweet meat and a gentle nature. Shetland sheep – breed history Archaeological evidence suggests that primitive sheep of the Soay type were kept in Britain by early Neolithic farmers over 4500 years ago. Horns of the Soay type were found during the excavation of...

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York quilt museum to close
Jan03

York quilt museum to close

The Quilters’ Guild have announced that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York will close on 31st October 2015. The Quilt Museum and Gallery Is Britain’s first museum dedicated to quilt making and textile arts but trustees have stated that it has proved financially unsustainable and since opening in June 2008 has been heavily subsidised through donations and from subsidy from The Quilters’ Guild. The donated funds are now...

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Fabric die cutting
Mar27

Fabric die cutting

Die cutting machines are becoming increasingly popular for quilting and applique and over the next few months we will be looking at models and features available. Die cutting Magazines and trade fairs are awash with devices to make the crafters’ life easier.  Top among the products currently available are die cutting machines which offer a faster alternative for cutting repetitive or awkward shapes. Originally designed for paper...

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Craft show success
Mar13

Craft show success

The Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft show took place in Glasgow from March 6-9 and by midday on Saturday the show halls were packed with eager crafters visiting the exhibitors from the world of knitting and stitching, beading, textile art and papercraft. Visitors were treated to a display of colourful costumes from the latest film adaptation of Les Miserables.  Created by Oscar nominated Paco Delado for an all star cast including...

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