2017

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Exhibitors

products made by A Crafty Goat ClubA Crafty Goat Club

01686 411313

A Crafty Goat Club was set up in 2016 by a group of friends, Debbie Francis, Deb Birks and Kay Dalloway, from the Welsh and West Angora Goat Club. Between us we supply a full range of mohair fleece and products, including raw and washed fleece, processed tops, hand dyed fleece and ringlets and hand spun yarns for kitting and weaving. We also make hand-knitted cushions, felted goods, hearts and other keepsakes.
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’. “My work is a response to the wild and beautiful places that abound here in Wales. The seasonal shifts, changing light, colours and textures of the landscape provide endless inspiration.”.
Ali is primarily a ‘wet felter’ and enjoys the challenges of this process, often incorporating fibres, fabrics and yarns into her work.
Ali exhibits widely, has work in several private collections and is a member of The International Feltmakers’ Association.
Olwen Veevers' felt dormouseBorder 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.
weaving by De Mont and WrightDe Mont and Wright Studio
Steve Attwood-Wright

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I am a textile designer, artist and tutor with a studio in the Kerry Hills on the Wales-Shropshire border. I design and weave on a 60 inch wide cloth loom. I am intrigued by unusual fabric structures and effects, and use traditional and modern materials to create double cloths, three-dimensional and double-sided fabrics. My inspiration comes from the rhythm, energies and colours of the changing seasons, music and poetry.
felted hats made by Su PascoeDolyfelin Designs
Su Pascoe

Dolyfelin Designs is run by Su Pascoe. Su loves to make beautiful, unique handcrafted items such as gloves, hats, scarves and beautiful evening wraps made out of felt and she also enjoys creating pieces of unique jewelery, often upcycling pre-owned materials.

Su creates her felted items using mainly the wet felting techniques of Nuno felting and resist felting.

She often uses wool yarns to embellish her creations.
Dragons shopDragons Wool Craft
Suzanne Dolman

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Dragons is a community interest company based in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. We have a wide range of art and craft produced by people from the surrounding area. Our wool crafters have come together to exhibit at The Wool and Willow Festival. The shop opened in September last and so far we have held workshops and events. Our aim is to support new crafters and artists, also to strengthen the local economy. Dragons also supplies fibers, kits and yarns to wool crafters.
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.
Great Oak BookshopGreat Oak Bookshop

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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.
garments by Kaotic KittusKaotic Kittus:
the Accidental Up-cyclist

Samantha Boulanger

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Samantha is an artist and self taught up-cyclist, a forager and rescuer of textiles, trying to save unwanted clothing from ending up in landfill. She enjoys revamping and recreating them into unique, funky upcycled eco finery, giving them a brand new lease of life.

Her labels include ‘Kaotic Kittus’ upcycled women’s wear and ‘Guto the Whippet’ upcycled hound wear. Samantha also likes to encourage others to do the same by running workshops.
crochet by Maggie OliverMaggie Oliver

Aged 5, and fed up with knitting, I was given a very fine crochet hook by my great aunt, who showed me how to use it. I never put down my hook! I soon realised that there was an Aladdin's Cave of British wool breeds, all with different qualities and colours. I learnt to spin, and also about breeding and husbandry, and how they affect the fibre. Never daring to let go of my hook, I have taken to weaving on nail looms and I am looking to combine the two!
I can offer full fleeces, 1st. clip, lambswool, mainly in the grease. Also Jacob and Alpaca from Championship flocks.
items made by Maureen PreenMaureen Preen

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In 1987 I introduced Weaving Sticks to this country and continue to specialise in selling them as well as peg looms and instruction books. I will be demonstrating these simple weaving methods every Wednesday at the Wool and Willow Festival. I also supply Peg Loom rugs and hand-spun yarn. My speciality is hand spinning dog combings for customers. I also sell spinning wheels.
Scarf by Margaret HughesMolliMade
Margaret Hughes

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Etsy shop
Molli Made is all about crochet. Margaret has been crocheting and teaching for over 45 years. She enjoys playing with colour and texture and likes to stretch the boundaries of crochet but always with an eye to practicality. Her latest introduction is the skill of reversible, interwoven items with different, two-colour designs on each side.

Items supplied include kits, patterns and hand dyed yarns and Celtic designs are a speciality.
Willow basket made by Mel BastierOut to Learn Willow
Mel Bastier

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Out to Learn Willow provides both living willow and dried willow courses and workshops for adults, children and young people within a variety of educational and community settings.
wool spun by Pat BrownPat BrownI am a member of Bridstow Spinners and the Hereford Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. I enjoy spinning all sorts of fibres, especially alpaca, which I mix with silk and use to weave scarves etc. I find spinning both creative and peaceful and the designing of yarns and finished goods endlessly absorbing.
Rag Art Studios productRag Art Studios
Sue Clow & Ruby Roberts

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We are textile artists living in mid Wales and specialising in Creative Textile Recycling. We make rag rugs, wall hangings, pictures, bags, hats and much more. Using old clothes, unwanted textiles and colourful junk we love to experiment with different recycling techniques. We travel around teaching workshops and exhibiting at galleries, festivals and fairs throughout the year. Ruby’s work includes a wide range of creative recycling. Ruby loves taking commissions and making your ideas come alive, however weird and wacky. See more of Ruby’s work on RubyJaneTextiles. and on her Facebook page. Sue runs monthly workshops at the National Wool Museum, Dre-Fach, Felindre, nr. Newcastle Emlyn and sells her work in the Shop at Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth.
Our website sells rag rug-making tools and kits, and has lots more information.
by Sarah FisherSarah Fisher

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Sarah Fisher is an experienced feltmaker, whose central passion is colour. She dyes her own fibres and loves the way in which colours blend and migrate in the feltmaking process. Working mainly with merino fleece, she makes a fine, dense felt, and often incorporates hand-dyed silk. This creates a particularly delicate yet strong fabric which is vibrant and patterned. She often combines wool with other fibres such as bamboo, alpaca, cotton scrim and velvet to add decoration and subtle variations of texture. Her products range from small items such as flowers, jewellery and book covers, to hats, bags and wraps. She also enjoys making hollow 3D sculptures and 2D abstract or semi-abstract hangings.
bag by Tessa GavinTessa Gavin

01547 510637

Tessa is a trained fashion designer but these days is far more interested in creating colourful textiles in many forms. She has explored felt making, spinning, weaving and dyeing and her most recent work is all about colour. Using acid dyes she brings new and vibrant life to vintage wool blankets and uses the fabric to make wonderful throws, cushions, bags and monsters!
throw by Wittering SheepWittering Sheep

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Wittering Sheep is a family group of craftspeople spanning three generations. Our hand-made goods include functional products for e.g. throws, waistcoats, scarves, shawls, hats, bags and accessories in finished form or in simple kits. Our materials are all sourced in Britain and we promote traditional crafts, including spinning, knitting, crochet and wood-turning.
Woolcraft yarnWoolcraft - Charlotte Lodge

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Charlotte Lodge lives and works on the family farm in the hills in Mid-Wales. She sorts fleeces, and spins and dyes her wool for various purposes, including knitting, crochet and weaving. Colours are very important to Charlotte, who finds natural dyes result in colours which blend in pleasing and creative ways in her work. On sale this year are lots of skeins of natural-dyed wools, along with shawls, waistcoats, and woven rugs.

Workshops

interwoven (double-sided) crochet by Margaret HughesSaturday 10 JuneInterwoven (double-sided) CrochetMargaret Hughes
Would you like to crochet something amazing with a different design on each side? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn to make tablemats / coasters / scarf or start a blanket, with two different colours and a different design on each side, all worked and interwoven together. Two into one does go!

Level: not suitable for beginners.

Materials: £5
Needle Felt Penguin Chick made by Olwen VeeversSunday 11 JuneNeedle Felt Penguin ChickOlwen Veevers
Learn to needlefelt a cute little penguin chick, using pure wool fleece. This is a dry technique and you will be using undyed, naturally coloured fleece from my Monmouthshire flock of Corriedale sheep. Students may bring their own needles if they wish.

Level: beginner

Materials: £5
upcycled garment by Samantha Boulangerupcycled brooches by Samantha BoulangerTuesday 13 JuneIntroduction to Upcycling 1Samantha Boulanger (Kaotic Kittus)
During this workshop, we will start by making a woolly brooch or two to help us get warmed up, then we will look at different ways to extend a woolly top/jumper into a tunic/dress and/or turn a jumper/cardigan into a funky cropped/tailed waistcoat.
For this workshop, you will need to bring an electric sewing machine, basic sewing kit, sharp scissors and a small selection of close knit/felted woolly jumpers/cardigans/etc you wish to chop up, any trims/extras you may have that you wish to use. I will bring a good selection of woollies, threads, scissors etc. which you will be welcome to use. (£5 charge, payable on the day).

Level: beginner/intermediate.

Materials (if used): £5
standing wool pincushion and cushion by Sue ClowWednesday 14 JuneStanding Wool Pincushion and CushionSue Clow
Make a pin cushion and a cushion pad from recycled woollen blankets using rag rug making techniques. Old woollen blankets are a wonderful textile resource, dyed and cut into strips they can be recycled into fantastic rugs.
This workshop will explore different rug making techniques including standing wool, hooking, braiding and prodding.
We will start the day making a standing wool pincushion. After a demonstration of various techniques including use of a rotary cutter you can design and make a cushion pad. This workshop will cover all the techniques needed to make larger rugs at home.

Level: beginner/intermediate

Tool and materials provided: £5
wet felt picture by Ali ScottThursday 15 JuneCreate a Wet Felt PictureAli Scott
Learn the basic ‘wet felting’ technique to create a simple design or landscape using Merino wool tops, fibres and yarns. Pre-felts can be made during the workshop to incorporate into your final piece.
Bring a photo, drawing or image for inspiration, a waterproof bag to carry wet work home and an old sponge and towel to keep your work area dry.

Level: beginner/intermediate

Materials: £5
embellished fingerless felt gloves by Sarah FisherSaturday 17 JuneEmbellished, Fingerless Felted GlovesSarah Fisher
Fingerless gloves work well in felt – so cosy and decorative! Made with a resist, they are seamless and you will be shown how to create an excellent fit. Pieces of fabric can be incorporated into the felt to create a beautifully textured surface design. This can be made all the more special by adding other fibres, threads or stitch. You will be supplied with merino fleece and a variety of other materials in a range of colours so that you can make something exciting and individual.

Level: beginners welcome

Materials: £6
willow baskets  made by Mel BastierSunday 18 JuneBasket-making for BeginnersMel Bastier
What could be more satisfying then making your own willow basket? On this course we will learn how to make a basket using traditional techniques. The materials that you will be working with are all completely natural and the processes have been passed down through the generations. Your basket will be practical, strong and robust, and completely individual to you.

Level: beginners or improver.

Materials £5
Summer Rag Rug Bunting by Sue ClowMonday 19 JuneSummer Rag Rug BuntingSue Clow
Discover the old Rag Rug skills of hooking and prodding whilst making hessian bunting, decorated with rag rug flowers and/or hooked lettering.
Edged hessian triangle will be provided along with decorative fabrics and sewing will be minimal. We will aim to make a 6’ bunting strip.

Level: suitable for all.

Materials: £5
upcycled patchwork by Samantha Boulangerupcycled patchwork by Samantha BoulangerTuesday 20 JuneAnother Slant on Upcycling 1Samantha Boulanger (Kaotic Kittus)
During this workshop, we will create funky woolly freestyle patchwork frames, using various scraps of woolly fabric from old jumpers to blankets. You can stitch them together by hand using wool yarn and silk threads, use a sewing machine or both?! Purrfect for a photocopy of a favourite photo, an image from a magazine, art print or even blank for a handwritten quote/positive affirmation. A fun, relaxing and creative introduction to upcycling. For this workshop, you will need to bring an electric sewing machine (optional), basic sewing kit, sharp scissors and a small selection of close knit/felted woolly jumpers/favourite material/blankets you wish to chop up, any trims/extras to decorate that you may have and wish to use. I will bring a selection of chopped up woollies/tweeds/blankets, wool yarn/silks/threads, buttons, scissors etc that you will be welcome to use (£5 charge, payable on the day)..

Level: suitable for all.

Materials (if used): £5
needle-felted bear by Olwen VeeversThursday 22 JuneNeedle Felt a Teddy Bear or DonkeyOlwen Veevers
Learn the delights of using the dry, needle felting technique to sculpt pure wool creatures. You will be provided with naturally coloured, undyed fleece, produced in Wales, to model your own tiny teddy or diminutive donkey.

Level: beginner/intermediate.

Materials: £5
Nuno felt wrap by Su PascoeFriday 23 JuneNuno Felt Wrap / ScarfSu Pascoe
Evening wrap or scarf: Participants will complete a hand felted project of their own design using the nuno felting technique. Materials will be available on the day – merino tops in various colours and a wide selection of organza or silk scarves. Students can bring their own materials if they wish, however, it is advisable to discuss this with Su beforehand.

Level: intermediate to advanced.

Materials: £10.00 - 15.00 for Silk
random willow basket made by Mel BastierSaturday 24 JuneRandom Willow Baskets / BowlsMel Bastier
Learn how to make a basket or bowl using a random weave technique building from a simple circle to produce a beautiful sculptural piece of basketry. Handles can be added or the basket can be left as a simple bowl.

Level: beginner.

Materials £5
Embellished Felt Handbag by Su PascoeSunday 25 JuneEmbellished Felt HandbagSu Pascoe
Participants will complete an embellished felted project of their own design, using a wet felting technique. Once mastered, this technique can be used to make larger handbags and other 3D projects.

Materials will be available on the day – merino tops in various colours plus a wide selection of embellishing wools. Participants can bring their own materials if they wish.

Level: intermediate

Materials: £7.50