Exhibitors 2020

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Although the 2020 Festival has been cancelled, we have left the list of exhibitors below for your interest, and in case you might want to contact any of them.

knot weaving by Alice ThomasA.H.T. Designs

Alice Thomas

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Alice Thomas is a Welsh artist based in the Dyfi Valley, near Aberystwyth.

She began creative knot weaving many years ago, working mainly in embroidery threads and beading, creating jewellery and small pieces. Over the past few years her work has grown and she now creates on a much larger scale, using mainly jute twine and recycled cotton cord.

“I use only natural, biodegradable, ethically-sourced materials. I am always searching for new ways to weave more from this land in to my creations. Using a combination of found objects - nuts, seeds, drift wood and cones. With natural dyes - nettle, birch, gorse, oak, alder. I am creating pieces that resonate strongly with my surroundings and are rooted here in this land.”

Bardsey Willow and Wool basketBardsey Willow and Wool

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I lived on Bardsey Island for 11 years.  During the isolated winter months I used willow from the traditional island withy beds and wool from the island sheep to weave baskets and rugs.

Now based on the Llyn Peninsula, this has developed into a willow and wool weaving cottage industry.

Olwen Veevers' felt puffinBorder Bears

Olwen Veevers

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Border Bears is the craft side of my small sheep farming business. Graig-Fach, an all-grass farm in the hills of east Monmouthshire, is home to my flock of coloured Corriedale and Romney sheep. I specialise in the production of fine fleeces, in a variety of colours, for sale to hand-spinners and felt-makers.

In order to ensure that I can keep my sheep in the manner to which they are accustomed, I also use their wool to spin, felt and needle felt a range of woollen articles for sale. These include hand-spun yarns, sturdy shopping bags, slippers, cushions, personalised place-mats and all sorts of small needle-felted creatures. I also enjoy running needle-felting workshops and doing my best to convince the world of the merits of wool.

woven willow basket by Beryl SmithCrafts Mid-Wales

Beryl Smith

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Wool and willow products, hand-woven scarves, cushions and rugs using natural fleece. Willow baskets, garden products, living willow structures and willow coffins. Workshops in both willow and textiles.

Cwmchwefru Wool productsCwmchwefru Wool

Lesley Wickham

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Designer knitwear, woven throws, organically tanned sheepskins, all from my flock of sheep, specially bred over many years to produce high-quality coloured wool.

products made from Cwmstwrdy Fibre Farm woolCwmstwrdy Fibre Farm

Debbie Francis

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Fine mohair and wool from my Angora goats and Bowmont and Shetland sheep. Raw and washed fibre, spun yarn in natural colours and plant-dyed ready for all your crafting projects.

Handwoven and knitted items such as cushions, blankets, scarves, hats and socks using my own fibre and re-homed commercial yarn.

My workshop on 20th June is ‘An introduction to weaving on a 4-shaft loom’. Please see the Workshops page for further details.

selection of Dyed in the Wool productsDyed in the Wool

Suzanne Dolman

Spinning, dying, creative knitting and weaving. Yarns for weavers and creative knitters. My yarns are inspired by the natural world, full of texture and native colour. They are ideal for the more creative project, hand-spun, dyed and plied in my studio. These yarns are mainly wool with a little extra where a texture or sparkle is needed.

Faithful EweFaithful Ewe

Hazel Steer

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I make Peg looms, weaving accessories and weaving kits with my dad in his workshop. I also hand-spin my own yarns. I make beaded stitch markers and gifts, hand-woven rugs and shawls, using local wool were possible, and I dye my own yarns. I'm on Etsy, Folksy & Facebook – search for ‘Faithful Ewe’.

a Sarah Fisher felt birdSarah Fisher Feltmaker

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Sarah Fisher is an experienced feltmaker, working mainly with merino fleece. She often dyes her own fibres, and blends colours to create felt which is vibrant and exciting. She incorporates a range of different materials, in particular silk which can add shine and produce a strong and fine fabric for luxury clothing. Her products range from small items such as jewellery, vases, flowers and book covers, to hats, bags, scarves and wraps. She also creates 3D sculptural pieces.

Great Oak BooksGreat Oak Books

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A range of new, second-hand and out-of-print books, as well as calendars, greeting cards etc. Specialising in local books and maps, books on green and ethical issues, children's books and craft books.

Helyg Lleu willow basketHelyg Lleu

Eirian Jones Muse

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Mae Eirian yn cynhyrchu basgedi helyg o’i chartref yng Ngharmel, Dyffryn Nantlle. Defnyddir pren helyg o ffynhonnell adnewyddadwy, gan eu cyfuno gyda defnyddiau Cymreig fel brethyn traddodiadol a chregyn mor, i greu basgedi lliwgar a thrawiadol. Dyma gyfuno ymarferoldeb a chrefft i greu gwrthrych sy’n ddefnyddiol a hardd. Maent wedi cael eu dylunio er mwyn cael ei defnyddio, fel basgedi siopa, basgedi ar gyfer y beic, i storio neu fel addurn.

Wedi gweithio ym maes Tecstilau am ran fwyaf o’i hoes fel athrawes D a T ym Mhen Llyn roedd troi at wehyddu hefo pren a'u cyfuno hefo tecstilau yn gam naturiol iddi.


Eirian produces willow baskets from her home in Carmel, Dyffryn Nantlle. Willow from a renewable source is used and mixed with Welsh woollen tweeds and natural objects such as shells to make colourful baskets. Practicality and craftmanship are combined to make practical and attractive products. They are designed to be used as shopping or bike baskets; for storage or as interior design objects.

After working for many years as a D and T teacher in Llyn, turning to weaving with willow and combining it with textiles was a natural step for her.

felt hat made by Hannah KempHannah Kemp

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I am a felt maker based in mid Wales, and have been felting since 2012, after discovering felt making by accident. Since then I have found a love for wet felting and love to use bold colour combinations and unusual designs. I especially like making hats and nuno felting, and experimenting with different effects, but I also dabble in needle felting.

samples of Jenny Knoll YarnsJenny Knoll Yarns

Helen Roberts

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My luxury yarns are produced on our fibre farm situated in the South Shropshire hills.

I keep Angora Goats and Alpacas that are purely kept for their fleeces, which are spun locally or by me. I hand dye them into a beautiful range of colours for knitting, crochet and weaving.

garments by Kaotic KittusKaotic Kittus

Sam Boulanger

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Samantha is a self-taught seamstress. Also known as ‘The Accidental Upcyclist’.

A forager and rescuer of all things fabric, trying to save unwanted clothing and textiles from ending up in landfill. Creatively revamping and recreating them into unique, funky upcycled eco-finery, giving them a new lease of life.

In 2009, Samantha created the upcycled clothing labels ‘Kaotic Kittus’ and ‘Guto the Whippet’.

Based in Swyddffynnon, Ceredigion, Samantha is currently studying Fine Art at Aberystwyth University, with a keen interest in Printmaking and Photography. Mostly inspired by the animal world, nature and landscapes, Samantha is also fascinated by what is seen as ordinary, recreating the mundane into something unique and beautiful, just like in her upcycled creations. “With my photography especially, I just love the ambiguity and interplay of the many shadows, reflections, silhouettes, patterns and strong contrasts that can be created from the simplest of everyday objects and subjects around us, often unnoticed by many, making them into a work of art in itself”.

textile art by Maria LalićMaria Lalić

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Maria Lalić is a Textile Artist inspired by the legend, landscape and people of Wales. She uses mixed media techniques including creative embroidery, free form knitting and free weaving. You can see more of Maria’s work on her website or by following her current project, @unlost places on Instagram.

Llety Mawr productsLlety Mawr Farm Enterprises (Jacob Wool)

Amanda Tomkins

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Moving to Llangadfan 10 years ago with my daughter and her family meant a complete change of lifestyle. We took on 17 acres of Welsh hill and bought 6 pedigree Jacob ewes. The flock now numbers 26 breeding ewes. But what to do with all that fleece? We decided to make decorative and useful items from the wool. I had a background in textile work and my daughter was artistic so we had a go. We could both spin, sew, knit and crotchet and soon added felt making to the list of skills. At the outset we decided not to use any dyes so we blend the natural colours to achieve a variety of tones. We make whatever takes our fancy and due to the nature of the raw material all items are unique.

Lovespool yarnLovespool

Tania Oakshott

I make a wide selection of original hand-spun art yarns using a variety of colours, fibres and inclusions.

My wire core yarn, which is great for sculpture, is also popular with embroiderers and jewellers.

I also have a range of hand-spun British and rare breeds yarns, carded batts and yarn bowls.

a Mainly Waistcoats waistcoatMainly Waistcoats

Elizabeth Reed

Hand knitting and crochet have been among my favourite leisure activities for many years now, and I like to create my own designs from traditional modules, whether they be triangles or squares. I usually make waistcoats, building them as I go from the bottom up. In the process I find that the garment tends to dictate its own form and shape. I particularly like mitred squares and have used this technique for waistcoats, and on a smaller scale, fingerless gloves. I use commercial yarns, predominantly a mixture of wool and silk, and am inspired by colour and texture. Each of my garments is handmade and totally unique.

items made by Melindwr TextilesMelindwr Textiles

Jan Armstrong

Melindwr Textiles is a small business owned by Jan Armstrong, based in Goginan near Aberystwyth.

Most of Jan’s products are made with natural materials – wool, cotton, silk. She also uses vintage lace, buttons etc. to embellish her work.

Up-cycling and re-cycling also play a big part in the work Jan produces, be it children’s clothing, patchwork quilts, cushions, bags and many other articles.

When not crafting, Jan bakes cakes for local cafés and has also ventured into the world of Bed & Breakfast.

Come and enjoy the display of work at the Wool and Willow Festival.

MolliMade crochetMolliMade

Margaret Hughes

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I crochet. On my stand at The Wool & Willow Festival you will find clothing for adults and children, toys, accessories, bags, baby blankets, hand-dyed and un-dyed wool, hooks, innovative patterns and pattern books, crochet hooks, kits and fibre art, which is new for this year's show. If you do not see what you want, anything can be made to order.

My workshop this year will be ‘How to Make a Crochet Rug’.

Peaceful Little People dollsPeaceful Little People

Naomi Ocean

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Peaceful Little People dolls are made with up-cycled natural fabrics and filled with locally sourced, washed and carded Welsh sheep's wool. They are warm to cuddle and inspire imaginative play. Loved by babies, children and adults! And in the end, these dolls are fully biodegradable.

Phaytal productsPhaytal

Luci Ladyman

I first began experimenting with felting and creating headpieces in 2004, when I was just 16 years old. Over the years I have created bigger, weirder and wonderful headpieces, hats and fascinators, as well as developing my seamstress skills with clothing lines, and experimenting with shape as well as, more recently, incorporating screen printing into my work.

A Pippa Tee willow dragonflyPippa's Plants

Pippa Tee

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I grow many varieties of basket-weaving willow at my organic plant nursery. Using ‘green’ willow – freshly cut willow with the bark still on it – I make baskets in all shapes and sizes for countless uses. Also lampshades, trellis, tripods, pomanders and dragon flies.

Rag Art Studios pictureRag Art Studios

Sue Clow

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Sue is a textile artist based in Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion. She specialises in creative textile recycling. Using a variety of rag-rug making techniques as well as patchwork, appliqué and weaving, Sue recycles old woollen items into rugs, hats, wall-hangings, bags and brooches.

Sue designs kits to encourage textile recycling and sells tools and materials for rag-rug making and other textile arts.

Sue runs workshops and takes commissions and sells her work at the shop at the Centre For Alternative Technology (CAT), near Machynlleth.

work produced by Isobel MillardSalamander

Isobel Millard

I've worked with textiles for many years and am passionate about re-cycling, re-using and all things green. I live to spin, knit, felt, dye, cut and embellish.

The journey continues!

felt picture by Ali Scott, felt artistAli Scott

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Ali is an experienced feltmaker with a passion for transforming fleece into vibrant felt ‘paintings’. Ali is primarily a ‘wet felter’ and enjoys the challenges of this process.

Inspiration comes from a delight in the natural world and local landscape.

She welcomes commissions and is an experienced workshop facilitator.

Shetlands of Penlon fleeces and productsShetlands of Penlon

Penny Samociuk

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We use the multi-coloured wool from our small flock of Shetland sheep to produce a variety of woven products and spun wool. The range of natural colours in our flock mean we do not need to dye our wool. We also sell raw fleeces and organically tanned sheep skins.

Wild Welsh Wool rugsWild Welsh Wool

Sharon Smith

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Wild Welsh Wool was started after a move to the beautiful Welshpool area 4 years ago. Being a member of the Rare Breed Survival Trust, I decided to support rare breed sheep and am now keeping Boreray, Manx Loaghtan and Grey Face Dartmoor.

The peg loom is the main part of my small business, though I also spin and tapestry weave.

I use native and rare breed sheep wool in their natural colours from my own flock and from local farmers to get the range I need for different colours and textures.

Every item is totally hand-made by myself, from washing the fleeces in spring water (using no chemicals) to the weaving and finishing.

woven tree by WildwovenWildwoven

Liz Beasley

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I am a weaver and weaving teacher based near Rhayader.

I specialise in weaving highly-textured wall-hangings, using hand-spun yarns, scraps of fabric and ‘found objects’ gathered on my wanderings in the Welsh countryside.

I also run a fairtrade business supporting spinners and weavers in Chile, and I use my own range of hand-spun yarns in my weavings and kits.

I learnt to weave in Chile and I now teach Chilean weaving techniques, including decorative tapestry weaving, here in Wales.

For my workshop this year I will teach how to weave a decorative tapestry wall-hanging using simple textured weaving techniques.

woodcarving by Wittering SheepWittering Sheep

Grace Barker

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We are offering hand-crafted goods for sale at the next at the Wool & Willow Festival in Llanidloes and on our web-site. Crafts include woodcarving, knitting, crochet and hand-felting. Items can include waistcoats, shawls, scarves and gloves plus wooden spoons, all of which are one-off pieces. We also sell yarn and fibre both commercial and British hand-spun.

For further information please contact us via our web-site or .

wool by Woolly WalesWoolly Wales

Sara John

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Sara specialises in spinning and weaving British wool. She breeds Llanwenog sheep, which includes breeds such as Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Ryeland, Icelandic, and various crossbreeds. She is keen to produce both good meat and lovely wool, at high welfare standards.