Our latest Needlecase trip was to Wool Fest.
The show celebrates everything from “wool, to spinning, dyeing, knitting and all things associated with this wonderful part of the textile world” and we really do mean everything! This year there was a great atmosphere in part thanks to the great live music that was playing all day long as we perused many exciting stands full of wool, yarns and other memorabilia.
The stands and stalls were full of new and unusual items and kept us busy all day long, we even bumped into Helen Jordan our crochet teacher who was behind a stand that was absolutely ‘buzzing’ with activity which was great to see.
As well as there being stalls full of interesting knitted and crocheted items there was also an opportunity to see the source of all that different yarn!!
The Materialistics was a display of scenes from children’s story books which were entirely represented in kitting, crocheting, embroidery and felting work and really inspired us with the capabilities of a few simple techniques done well on a large scale. That’s one of these reasons we visit events like Wool Fest and the Sirdar open day we attended earlier in the season, we always come back inspired and full of ideas for our own wool, yarn and sewing stock as well as ideas for new courses and classes. So watch this space, maybe we’ll have a Materialistics inspired event on in the future!
Possibly our favourite exhibition at Wool Fest was the Weaving With Nature display, a lovely idea where visitors get involved and get creative by taking part in making free form woven panels using seasonal materials such as: leaves, flowers, herbs, willow, natural dyed wool and gathered items. So of course, we made sure we had a go and you could even take your weaving home with you if you wanted.
Eventually we finished our day with ewe’s milk ice cream to round off a really great day out!