Exhibitors 2022

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knot weaving by Alice ThomasA.H.T. Designs

Alice Thomas

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I am a Macramé Artist making woven textile wall-hangings, plant hangers and other items using recycled and natural materials. I am also exploring natural dying in my work and use this process in my textile hangings.

I teach locally and sell my works in Machynlleth, Aberystwyth and Cardigan.

My work is deeply rooted in this land, inspired by nature and created with sustainability at the forefront of my practice. Ethical and sustainable art – art with heart.

For more information see my Facebook.

Aphaea productsAphaeaDesigns

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Hi, I’m Sarah, Llani girl, full time accounts manager and Mum and, of course, crochet fanatic. I love working with wool, and have been doing it for about 10 years, although I have been crafting for many, many more. I started making jewellery at age 12 and did my first Craft fair at 14 years old. Over the years my jewellery flourished, and I have picked up many crafts along the way, including tiaras, then cards, sewing, etc. Crochet came last, but I cannot stop! It’s as meditative as it is creative, and I adore being able to just pick up a ball and hook and begin something with no pattern or knowing where it is going to lead! I use mixed fibres mostly but do experiment with all textures. I’m also a keen gardener and happy ‘allotmenteer’ - again, another past time that is hugely beneficial to wellbeing. I’m all about doing what feels good and comes naturally. I get a lot of inspiration for colour from my allotment and surrounding countryside here in mid Wales. I'm very lucky to live here and be inspired every day.

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.

garments by Samantha BoulangerSamantha Boulanger, Artist

(Kaotic Kittus)

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Fine Art with a woolly feel, upcycled woolly clothing and accessories.

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.

selection of Dyed in the Wool productsDyed in the Wool

Hand spun yarns, dyes, wool craft supplies (locks and fleeces).

Esgair Fibres productsEsgair Fibres

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I am a weaver, knitter and spinner, working primarily with Rigid Heddle weaving and working with 100% natural fibres. I also teach weaving, knitting, spinning and sewing from my workshop in Llandeilo. I have been inspired throughout my lifetime by the saying “good quality cloths last a lifetime”. Since moving to Wales I have been inspired by colours and surroundings and I aim to produce good quality items that will last through many seasons and years: hand-woven scarves and shawls, many in Fairtrade yarns; a range of homewares which include cushion covers, throws, table mats and coasters as well as upcycled wool and cotton rag rugs; small woven wall hangings. I also have a range of my own designed knitting and weaving kits as well as yarn packs – suitable for both adults and children. To find out more, visit my website.

a Sarah Fisher felt fishSarah 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 BookshopGreat 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 productsHelyg Lleu

Eirian Jones Muse

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Willow Rucksack, baskets, bird houses, bird feeder, Christmas stars and trugs. My ISP is using a strip of Welsh tweed as a decoration in some of my work.

My work can be seen on my Instagram.

Jenny Knoll Yarns woolJenny Knoll Yarns

Helen Roberts

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Jenny Knoll Yarns produces luxury yarns from our small herds of Alpacas and Angora Goats. Our animals graze happily in the South Shropshire hills, never having to worry about ending up on someone’s plate. The fine fibre these beautiful animals produce is spun in Wales and then hand-dyed into a wide range of colours inspired by nature and the changing seasons. We offer a full bespoke service, so yarns can be dyed to order and simple winter accessories can be knitted and crocheted. We also produce ‘make your own’ kits, a fully contained mini project or gift.

Julie the StitchJulie the Stitch

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Materials and tools for embroidery, notably Appletons Crewel Wool, and kits using this. I choose to use and supply items of the best quality from sustainable biodegradable sources, and also use British manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible to minimize air miles.

knitwear by Sasha KaganSasha Kagan Knitwear

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Sasha Kagan will be exhibiting her latest collection of designs for hand knitting.
The colours are bright and cheerful, using natural fibres, flower and leaf motifs on shapes that are classic, feminine and easy to wear.
Both readymade garments and knitting kits will be available and a custom-made service can be used for special commissions.

Lucy LadymanLucy Ladyman

textile art by Maria LalićMaria Lalić

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Etsy shop

Maria Lalić is a textile artist and dollmaker whose work is inspired by the legend, landscape and people of Wales. She uses a variety of techniques - from free-form knitting to the making of slow-stitched poetic maps – as a response to her walks along ancient tracks and empty mountains. Maria makes cloth dolls in a range of styles including art, contemporary, country/folk and homespun. More information about her exhibitions and projects can be found on her website and Etsy shop. Maria is a member of the Heritage Crafts Association, promoting the historical practice of dollmaking as an expression of folk art rather than simple toy making.

Llety Mawr productsLlety Mawr Enterprises

Jacob Wool website

Pippa's Plants website

Pippa's Plants - Rustic willow baskets, decorations and other items from mostly homegrown willow of many species, giving variety and colour to the pieces. Jacob Wool - Many and varied items made from our own Jacob Wool, including sheepskin rugs. Handprocessed on the smallholding. Making the most of our homegrown resources and keeping inputs to a minimum.

Penlon Studio bowlPenlon Studio

Handcrafted in Wales. Nestled in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales, Penlon Studio is a husband and wife team creating individual pieces of art handcrafted from native hard woods. Our timber is locally sourced from Wales and the Welsh borders from managed woodlands. Every item we make is unique and its form is dictated by the wood itself. Each piece is stamped with a date of creation and unique identifier, then finished with a light natural oil or wax to enhance the natural beauty of the grain and to protect the wood.

Penlon Bowls are our signature hand-carved wood bowls, Rustic Modern in style, with clean, simple lines. As they are carved rather than turned, further character is added through their asymmetry and contoured texture.

waistcoat made by Elizabeth ReadElizabeth Reed

Original, Stylish Hand-Knits

I am enthused by the colour and texture of yarn. I started by designing waistcoats, usually building up the garment from modules – whether squares, diamond shapes or triangles. As I knitted, I found that the garment would dictate its final form as part of the construction process.

I have since diversified into small items – namely wrist warmers and scarves. One of my favourite ways of working is to deconstruct a ball of variegated yarn, leaving me with many small balls, so that in effect I end up ‘painting with wool’.

I use commercial yarn mainly – predominately a mixture of wool and silk. Each item, whatever its size, is unique and hand knitted.

felt picture by Ali Scott, felt artistAli Scott

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Ali is an experienced felt maker 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. Ali welcomes commissions and is an experienced workshop facilitator. More information on Ali can be found on her website.

Shetlands of Penlon fleeces and productsShetlands of Penlon

Penny Samociuk

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Wool & woollen items which have either been hand-dyed or in natural colours from our own naturally-coloured Shetland sheep. Tanned Sheep Skins and Vegetarian Sheep Skins. Woven rugs, throws and cushion covers. Felted items and mats. For more information see Shetlands of Penlon on Facebook.

Weaving by Anneli ThomasAnneli Thomas

Anneli is from Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant and is a traditional Nordic hand-weaver of everyday household items including cushions, throws, scarves etc. She sells work through the Willow Gallery Christmas Fair and the Dragon Collective of Llanrhaedr.

Wendy Thorner (Mid Wales Willow)Wendy Thorner (Mid Wales Willow)

I have woven anything I could find for over 50 years but have concentrated on willow for about the last 15. We grow and make all our baskets and fun stuff (my husband, Graham, is chief heart maker!). I also designed and sold kits but over the last 3 years I have published three basket-making books and am currently working on my fourth. Although it’s lovely to sell the things I make, I get more of a buzz from the feedback from people who have purchased my books and are now in thrall to basket making, from New Zealand to Finland.

WekiWool productsWekiWool

Handspun art yarns; also a range of hand-made bags or clothing items made from the handspun yarns.

For more information, email me.

Wild Welsh Wool woven piecesWild 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.

Please contact me on 01938 811 193 or me.

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.

wool by Woolly WalesWoolly Wales

Sara John

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Sara is a farmer’s daughter, who grew up in Mid Wales; now living on the Gower Peninsula and married to a farmer. She has a flock of Llanwenog sheep, and also a ‘liquorice allsorts’ flock which includes breeds such as Shetland, Blue-Faced Leicester, Ryeland, Coloured Mules and crossbreds. She is keen to produce both good meat and lovely wool at high welfare standards. Sara gained a First-Class Honours Degree in Fashion & Textiles from Carmarthen School of Art in 2018, where she concentrated on dyeing & weaving British wool in her final year. She has since been doing a Masters by Research in Swansea College of Art, part-time (completing in Spring 2022), entitled ‘Increasing the Traceability of Native Wool Through Textile Practice: Can performative and participatory approaches to textile practice positively impact knowledge of sustainable fibres and facilitate sustainable consumption?’

She currently sells small batches of farm-traceable undyed mill-spun Welsh wool; hand-dyed and naturally dyed commercially spun British wool; hand-spun Welsh and British wool; hand-dyed and naturally dyed Welsh and British fibre; and during the summer months, freshly shorn raw fleece from her flocks.