2011

Wool & Willow Festival in Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes
Stalls       Workshops

Stalls

Olwen Veevers' needlefeltBorder Bears
Olwen Veever's webpage

Presenting a range of felted and needlefelted goods including, bags, purses, hangings, brooches, pincushions and small model animals. Most of the products are made using wool grown on-farm, by a flock of coloured sheep.

close-up of one of Beryl Smith's rugsCrafts Mid-Wales
Crafts Mid-Wales's website

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 Farm Wool ProductsCwmchwefru Farm Wool Products
Cwmchwefru Farm website

Fleece, yarn, garments, throws all in naturally coloured wool from own sheep, beautiful sheepskin rugs.

De Mont and Wright StudioDe Mont and Wright
More information about De Mont and Wright

Woven textiles as art, magic, functional and decorative pieces. We celebrate Creativity, Excellence and Enthusiasm in Textiles, Music & Education.

Dyed in the Wool Wild and WoodyDyed in the Wool with Wild and WoodyCreations made from locally source wool and willow. They also use recycled materials to make individual items of clothing, soft toys and furnishings.

Esgair FibresEsgair Fibres
Esgair Fibres website

Handspun Alpaca knitting kits, handspun and knitted shawls and scarves etc.

Great Oak BookshopGreat Oak Books
Great Oak Books website

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.

GreenweedsGreenweeds
Greenweeds website

Felted home and fashion accessories showcasing the diversity of British wool.

Lois Grindey's basketsLois Grindey
Lois's website

Traditional baskets made using tecniques and patterns that have survived for hundreds of years.

Sasha Kagan's stall 2008Sasha Kagan Knitwear
Sasha Kagan's website

Renowned British Knit and Crochet designer Sasha Kagan brings you her world of Fibre Art Textiles. Through her books, workshops, kits and custom-made pieces she offers a classic craftsman-made style to suit all ages.

Maria Lalić, Textile ArtistMaria Lalić
Maria Lalić's website

Maria Lalić is a freelance Writer, Tutor and Textile Artist.

Jenny OliverJenny Oliver

Jenny Oliver's website

Ceramic and handmade felt figures and dolls. Also tiny felt dresses, gloves, stockings etc. Needlefelted Animals.

Out to Learn WillowOut to Learn Willow

Out to Learn Willow website

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.

Poppycock woolPoppycock

Poppycock showcases colourful, exciting and unique hand-dyed yarns by Jenny Cook and handmade buttons by Patricia Baggott. They sell a range of original knitting patterns and ready-made garments, featuring their yarn and buttons.

Prue ThimblebyPrue Thimbleby
Prue Thimbleby website

Prue Thimbleby is an interactive artist, working in willow and recycled materials to create sculptures and working with groups and individuals to tell their stories

The Rainbow RoomThe Rainbow Room
Rainbow Room website

Bringing you colourful handmade art and accessories by British designer Clara Luna. A kaleidoscopic collection of funky felted jewellery and felting supplies to inspire your creativity.

Ruth PackhamRuth Packham
Ruth Packham website

Textile artist working and living on the wild west coast of Wales. Ruth has been screenprinting fabric for ages now, and has recently found the joy of feltmaking.

Tecstiliau Melindwr TextilesTecstiliau Melindwr Textiles

A small business based in Mid Wales, producing home and fashion accessories, many of them one off pieces, using both recycled and new fabrics, wools and buttons.

WoodcymruWoodcymru
Woodcymru website

Peg looms, weaving sticks, clockwork bobbins, lucets and rugs.

Wool and Willow ShopThe Wool and Willow Shop
Wool and Willow Shop website

Knitwear, throws, cushions, yarns in wool and other natural fibres plus craft equipment. Based in Hay-on-Wye

Meg Dixon wool picture 2008Woolgathering

Throws, wraps, garments for adults and children, pictures and hangings.

Zalingai - the Art of RecyclingZalingai Creative Textile Recycling
Zalingai website

Hooked fleece rugs from various items made from recycled clothing etc.


Workshops

The Art of RecyclingFriday 3 JuneThe Art of RecyclingPrue Thimbleby
Basketry traditions have always been evolving and incorporating new materials. Find out how to harvest aluminium and plastic and weave them into containers.
Level: Beginner/Intermediate. Cost: £30, cost of materials: £3 Maximum number of students: 8
willow basketsSaturday 4/Sunday 5 June2-Day Beginners' BasketsBeryl Smith
ONE PLACE LEFT after cancellation, but there is a second course on 13th/14th June. A two-day beginners basket making course. Come and learn how to make a traditional basket to take home.
Level: Beginner Workshop: £60 Cost of Materials: £8 per basket. Maximum number of students: 8
Note time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
willow basketsMonday 6 JuneWillow and Paper LanternsBeryl Smith
Willow and Paper Lanterns
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of Materials: £6 per item. Maximum number of students: 8
fleece to felt Tuesday 7 June From Fleece to FeltLorraine Pocklington
Learn how to make felt using the wet felting technique. Leave with a useful item and lots of ideas.
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of Materials: £3. Maximum number of students: 8
rigid heddle weaving Thursday 9 JuneRigid Heddle WeavingJoanna Kingston
Learn how to warp up and weave a scarf in a day.
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: up to £12. Maximum number of students: 6
Folk Dolls Friday 10 JuneMaking Folk-style Cloth DollsMaria Lalic
Maria Lalic is known for creating beautiful folk style cloth dolls out of reclaimed or vintage fabrics. For this workshop, Maria will provide her original and exclusive patterns for you to make either one of her 'Mumma' dolls or a 'Welsh Lady' doll. A sewing machine will be available but you may wish to bring your own.
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 8
Herb Platter Saturday 11 JuneHerbal PlatterLois Grindey
Make a beautiful herbal platter in just a day using willow weaving skills.
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 8
willow basketsSunday 12 JuneWillow Sculpture and StructuresBeryl Smith
Hands on session creating garden sculptures and structures, making flowers and obelisks.
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of Materials: £8 per item. Maximum number of students: 8
willow basketsMonday 13th/Tuesday 14th June2-Day Beginners' BasketsBeryl Smith
A two-day beginners basket making course. Come and learn how to make a traditional basket to take home.
Level: Beginner Workshop: £60 Cost of Materials: £8 per basket. Maximum number of students: 8
Note time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Spinning a Yarn Thursday 16 JuneSpinning a YarnJoanna Kingston
Learn to spin and make use of the natural bounty of Wales: our wool
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: up to £12. Maximum number of students: 5
Big Easy HatFriday 17 JuneBig Easy KnittingSasha Kagan
Come and learn to knit with big needles and big wool. Have fun and make a new hat!
Level: beginners. Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 8
Frame BasketsSaturday 18 JuneFrame BasketsOut to Learn Willow
Introduction to frame baskets. A great introduction to basketry, weave an oval framed basket for the kitchen or garden using coloured willow.
Level: beginners. Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 6
pegloom weavingSunday 19 JuneTricks with Weaving SticksMaureen Preen
An opportunity to make cords, belts and gifts using recycled yarn and frippery. Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: £3 Maximum number of students: 8
rag rug flowersMonday 20 June Rag Rug MakingSue Clow
Taking names for an extra session, for information. Learn the traditional rag rug hooking and prodding techniques. Experiment with different materials and tools. Take home a small finished item and lots of ideas for working on larger projects at home.
Level: Beginners Workshop: £30 + £3.50 materials. Maximum number of students: 8
Improvers BasketsTuesday 21st JuneImprovers Basket MakingLois Grindey
A one day course for those that have mastered round baskets and would like to make an oval. Improve technique and learn a little of the history of basket making
Workshop: £30 Cost of materials: £10 Maximum number of students: 8
Please note timing: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Domino and Fairisle KnittingThursday 23 JuneDomino and Fairisle KnittingSasha Kagan
Learn how to make colour work for you using Fairisle and domino knitting techniques.
Level: intermediate. Workshop: £30 Cost of Materials: £5 materials Maximum number of students: 8
felt teddy bearsFriday 24 JuneBountiful Brooches in NeedlefeltOlwen Veevers
Learn to needlefelt a decorative 2d brooch, then build on yours skills to create a second brooch in 3d or relief
Level: Beginner Workshop: £30 Cost of Materials: £5 . Maximum number of students: 8
rag rug flowersSaturday 25 June Rag Rug MakingSue Clow
EXTRA SESSION. Learn the traditional rag rug hooking and prodding techniques. Experiment with different materials and tools. Take home a small finished item and lots of ideas for working on larger projects at home. Special price for a slightly shorter session on the last day of the Festival: 10.30am to 3.30pm. Book Now!
Level: Beginners Workshop: £25 + £3.50 materials. Maximum number of students: 8