2013 Events involving British Wool
Chronological listing of events involving British wool, sheep and other British fibre animals.
I'll list events I know about or come across, but please let me know about all those I'll inevitably be missing, especially smaller local events that might not be advertised outside their immediate area. British wool enthusiasts will travel!
Criteria for listing an event here - that it involves British wool and/or sheep or includes at least some stockists that sell British wool products.
Get your knitting needles and crochet hooks out and join us for two days of knitted fun!
From 13th April to 4th May the Winds of Change Gallery will be hosting an exhibition with a "woolly" theme, including pictures, sculpture, British Wool needle felted work and much more.
The very popular BIG KNIT, SHEEP COMPETITION for children and much more.
The Cotswold Journal reports that the Town Hall will be filled with all manner of craft activities during the day, with many workshops and displays exhibiting a diverse range of techniques and textiles.
Visitors will first be greeted by sheep and lambs outside the building, before stepping inside the building where they can get involved with many demonstrations, such as spinning weaving, knitting and rag rugging.
The Festival takes place in The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes at the heart of beautiful mid-Wales. There are many events taking place during the festival, and a wide range of crafts on display and for sale. Please browse this site for more information.The Festival in 2013 will run from 1st June to 29th June inclusive. Open seven days a week as usual from 10.30am to 4.30pm. This is a free event so please come along and support our exhibitors, the majority of whom are local artisans.
NSA North Sheep organisers are also reflecting their firm commitment towards encouraging all students and youngsters involved in practical sheep management activities by staging the third NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award. New for 2013 will be a sheep shearing competition. Stockjudging and lamb selection will continue.
The event is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship and this was recognised in 2012 when Woolfest won the Cumbria Tourism Award for Event of the Year.
a showcase of talents
a wealth of advice
a bank of knowledge
a treat for the senses
and a treasure trove of natural fibres
Learning to make best use of our local resources and appreciating out local skills. A community event to inspire people to try new crafts, food, and enjoy sharing.
A place where everyone can meet - from prospective customers and consumers to small independent businesses promoting themselves to the wider crafting community. We offer advice, and demonstrations encouraging visitors to learn about the production of wool and other fibres and to acquire new skills in working with them and textiles that can be created from them.
Glastonbury’s wool festival demonstrates the cycle of sheep and alpaca rearing to produce fleece from field to fashion, interior products and a myriad of other offerings.
Each year we commence with our annual sheep and alpaca run down our High Street and always offer different additions to the event each year. This year we are offering the Rare Breed Society and Shetland Breed Societies with their exhibitions and a demonstrator’s hall. In addition we are hosting a produce fair on Sunday with many local producers that use Sheep and alpaca products!
If you are one of the talented and creative craft workers who use British wool, to spin, weave, knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, hand dye, make felt or any other textile process, or you simply enjoy exploring the textile treasures produced by these craft workers, a visit to this show will be a delight.
Explore the stands full of treasures for the textile craft worker, or treat yourself to a hand crafted pure wool item. Watch the entertaining Sheep Show Man shearing a sheep, or visit the Alpacas.
Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year.
The popular Masham Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for charity, and filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment.
Events include an action packed programme on both Saturday and Sunday, with a Sheep Show, Sheep Racing, Craft Market, Bishop Blaize Procession, Fleece Stalls, Wool Competition, Sheepdog Demonstrations, Hand Bell Ringers, Morris Dancers, Art Exhibition and Tours of Theakstons & Black Sheep Breweries, as well as the Old Time Children's Fair. The them for the flower display in St. Mary's Church will be "A Material Harvest" - there'll be someone spinning, weaving and dressmaking along with displays of knitting, lace and embroidery.
Held at Skipton Auction Mart – Yarndale is an exciting new event for established and new creative talents.
The exhibition features rare books and documents from the cathedral library and archives and includes photography by the renowned Herefordshire businessman, Alfred Watkins, a traditional shepherd's smock and a nineteenth century spinning wheel. To compliment the exhibition practical textile demonstrations, talks, and a sheep trail will also take place.
As Reverend Canon Chris Pullin says: “Every time I robe myself in a cassock I’m putting a woollen garment on, and it reminds me of the long connection of this cathedral and its ancient estates with the rural life and economy of Herefordshire and Shropshire. The exhibition makes innovative links through time between a great church and one of England’s most iconic products. More than one bishop of Hereford served as Lord Chancellor of England – and what does the Lord Chancellor sit on in the House of Lords? A woolsack!”
“A Stitch in Time; Wool’s Mark on History” is displayed within the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibitions, open Mondays - Saturdays: 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) and closed Sundays with admission prices at £6.00 for an adult and £5.00 concession. Family rates also apply. For more information please contact: telephone: 01432 374225/6 or email: library AT herefordcathedral.org
Our exciting variety of mini-workshops can be viewed in our 'workshop' page.
Now in its fourth year, Shetland Wool Week is a celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, Shetland’s textile industries and rural farming communities.
For farmers, spinners, felters, knitters,
weavers & wearers of British wool
Stands and stalls representing all aspects of commercial wool products, including carpets, looms, spinning wheels and crafts will be on display at a large unit at K Village, The Lakes Outlet. Outside at Netherfield Place there will be livestock, walks and talks.
A wool trail of support events and displays will be held at Kendal Town Hall, Museum of Lakeland Life, Kendal Museum, Quaker Tapestry Exhibition and other participating retailers, and a guided wool walk will take in sites in the town where the wool trade flourished. Linked fun events in the town, like a knitting blitz and other have-a-go activities in the shopping precincts are being organised by Williams Wools, of Kirkland.
The events are not-for-profit and organised by volunteers, although there will be a need to cover its expenses.
Growing in participants and momentum, 2013 sees The Campaign for Wool take over the UK during Wool Week, with a variety of exciting events and inspiring initiatives with the aim of highlighting wool as a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre. - See more here
The marketplace will be home to independent vendors, including Old Maiden Aunt, HilltopCloud, The Yarn Yard, Abstract Cat, A Peppermint Penguin and and.sew.to.knit. The Yarn Cake stand will also be selling Drops yarns, local yarns including New Lanark and Jamieson & Smith, Ashford spinning wheels and supplies, along with a wide range of needles and notions.
Expert tutors including Amy Singer of knitty.com and Liz Lovick of northernlace.com will be offering workshops including Fair Isle, Shetland Lace, silk spindling and lace design. Spinning and fibre expert Deb Robson will also be there introducing her new book, The Field Guide To Fleece.
we look forward to welcoming you to Blackbirds Moor (off St John’s Road, Boxmoor) for a weekend of community events. Our inaugural Wood, Wool and Food Festival in 2012 proved to be so popular that we will be building on that success and holding it again this year. Celebrating local produce and crafts, there is bound to be something for everyone, from freshly-made bread, locally grown vegetables and plants, wood carving, shearing and spinning demonstrations, and livestock including our own Norfolk Horn sheep! Saturday 19th October, 11am-3pm
On the Sunday, come and compete at our annual Conker Festival, where the titles of Conker Champion and Junior Conker Champion 2013 will be hotly contested. While you wait for your turn to compete you could try your hand at archery or pottery, browse the charity and community stalls or chill out to the music of the Jolly Jazzers. Sunday 20th October, 12 noon-3pm FREE ENTRY
for more details go to www.boxmoortrust.org.uk or call 01442 253300
Learn how to knit or polish your existing skills with our fabulous knitted blanket design made up of individual colourful squares, and don’t forget to visit our pom-pom station to add your handmade creation to the vibrant display.
There will also be the opportunity to see a variety of different knitted garments and homeware pieces on display, and to learn more about the different types of sheep breeds which are used in the wool industry.