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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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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Wonderwool Wales 10 year celebration
Jan13

Wonderwool Wales 10 year celebration

Wonderwool Wales annual wool and natural fibre extravaganza returns to the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells for a tenth year over the weekend of April 25 and 26. The show welcomes fibre fans, felt makers, and craft lovers, from the UK and abroad to three halls bursting at the seams with activities and creativity. There will be regular demonstrations by members of the Welsh Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, the hands on...

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