2012

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

Stalls

Black SheepBlack Sheep
Black Sheep website

Y Ddafad Ddu / The Black Sheep is the home of Tregaron Black Sheep Association, a charitable organisation which fosters textile skills and various crafts related to indigenous materials including Welsh fleece and hardwoods. There are currently 30 exhibitors at the Black Sheep Shop, which is part of the new complex next to the Talbot Hotel in Tregaron. Normally open on Mondays (11-5) and Wednesday-Saturday (10-5).

Olwen Veevers' needlefelt bearBorder 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.

Chrysalis business cardChrysalis - Chrissie Menzies
Chrysalis website

Chrysalis Alpacas Wales is based near Welshpool, and is a working farm, breeding and selling alpacas and also supplying fibre for hand spinning. The Studio offers unique hand-felted designer ‘Art to Wear’ and accessories, together with embroidered wall hangings and gifts.

woven willow deer headCrafts Mid-Wales
Crafts Mid-Wales 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 their own sheep, beautiful sheepskin rugs.

De Mont and Wright merino fabricDe Mont and Wright
De Mont and Wright website

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-sourced wool and willow. Recycled materials are also used, to make individual items of clothing, soft toys and furnishings.

Essence of Tranquility felted bootsEssence of Tranquility - Caron Williams
Essense of Tranquility website

All their slippers and boots are made from either Alpaca or sheep fleece. Many layers of alpaca/sheep fleece are wet felted and then the final layers embellished with wool and silk. All their slippers are painted with natural latex made from tree sap, which water proofs, prolonging the life of the soles and preventing slipping.

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.

a felt bag by Pat JohnsonPat Johnson - Feltmaker

Hand-felted bags, scarves, jewellery and art work by South Wales feltmaker Pat Johnson. Each piece is individually crafted using traditional felt methods and modern Nuno techniques. Most of the items use Merino fleece combined with silk fibres and recycled fabrics.

Sasha Kagan's stall 2008Sasha Kagan Knitwear
Sasha Kagan 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.

Kaotic KittusKaotic Kittus
Kaotic Kittus website

Quirky re-designed, up-cycled clothing & accessories. Hand crafted cards & gifts, all with a Kaotic Kitty feel!

Lin Lorien jumperLin Lorien

Beautifully hand-crafted baby knits, with handspun natural fleece, all chemical-free fibres.

Organic Textiles WalesOrganic Textiles Wales
Ystrad Traditional Organics website

Llynfi Textiles website

This organic farm in rural Carmarthenshire specialises in traditional breeds of sheep to produce fleece of quality, versatility and natural colour, hand-dyed wool craft packs, worsted and woollen spun yarns, woven throws and organic fabric – all to Global Organic Textiles Standards.

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.

Plant Dyed WoolPlant Dyed Wool
Plant Dyed Wool's website

“Everything I make is plant dyed, and if not made of felt, it is woven on a Brinkley loom. I run workshops teaching people all the wool skills I know. The inspiration for all my work is my garden and the plants I grow in it, and the wild landscape around us.” - Jane Meredith

Rag ArtRag Art
Rag Art website

Rag rug making is having a resurgence in popularity, both as an art form and a fantastic way to recycle. Rag Art supply the knowledge and equipment you need to enjoy the craft of rag rug making.

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.

Ianto and Gail RobertsIanto and Gail Roberts

Ianto and Gail Roberts have a family-run business, based in the Snowdonia National Park, producing high-quality, handcrafted products made from natural materials, sourced as locally as possible. We make luxurious hand-crochetted slippers from UK sheepswool, mainly locally dyed by Sue Terrey. The slippers have thick Welsh shearling sheepskin insoles and suede soles from upholsterer's offcuts.

felt picture by Ali Scott of Suali TextilesSuali Textiles - Ali Scott
Suali Textiles website

Ali Scott is a feltmaker and one half of Suali Textiles. She has a passion for transforming fleece into felt, producing colourful pictures inspired by the glorious Welsh landscape. Ali has exhibited widely, sells work through a variety of Art and Craft outlets, runs workshops and welcomes commissions.

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.

Sue Terrey felt wall hanging titled Butterfly KissesSue Terrey
Sue Terrey website

Sue has been an avid Feltmaker for the past 17 years. and also uses soft pastels, water-colours and oils to describe the Land around her. She will be showing wall-hangings and Nuno felted scarves and stoles. Since 2001 she has been teaching Feltmaking and a variety of Art and Craft classes.

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 pictureWoolgathering

Throws, wraps, garments for adults and children, pictures and hangings. Designs based on themes in the natural world.

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The Montgomeryshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be our guest Guild this year.


Workshops

Nuno Felted ScarfTuesday 5 JuneNUNO FELTED SCARFChrissie Menzies
Produce a nuno felted scarf using organza fabric and wool fibres, with silk fibre decoration. You will be shown how to lay out the wool fibres onto the organza fabric, add decorative silk fibres on top, work these fibres to felt through the fabric, and work the edges of the piece to form a beautiful finished scarf.

Level: Beginner upwards. Cost: £30, plus materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 12
Rag RugThursday 7 JuneRAG RUG TECHNIQUESSue Clow
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: Beginner. Cost: £30, plus materials: £3.50. Maximum number of students: 8
Frame BasketFriday 8 JuneFRAME BASKETMel Bastier
Introduction to frame baskets. Weave an oval framed basket for the kitchen or garden using coloured willow.

Level: Beginner. Cost: £30, plus materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 6
Willow basket Saturday 9 / Sunday 10 JuneBASKET MAKING (2 days)Beryl Smith
Learn how to make a traditional basket to take home, or brush up on previous skills.
Please note earlier start time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Level: Beginner / Intermediate. Cost: £60, plus materials: £10. Maximum number of students: 8
wool wall hanging by Meg Dixon Monday 11 JuneCOMBINING TEXTILE SKILLSMeg Dixon
Create a picture, hanging or embellish a garment by combining techniques such as knitting crochet, embroidery, weaving etc.

Level: Intermediate / Advanced. Cost: £30, plus materials: £t.b.c. Maximum number of students: 10
Big Easy Hat Tuesday 12 JuneBIG EASY KNITTING – MAKE A HATSasha Kagan
Learn the basics using big wool and big needles. Become empowered and make a hat in a day!

Level: Beginner. Cost: £30, plus materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 15
Felt Treasure Box Thursday 14 JuneFELT TREASURE BOXOlwen Veevers
Use needlefelting and simple embroidery and beading to decorate felt squares and construct your own, unique, treasure box.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate. Cost: £30, plus materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 8
Felt BagFriday 15 JuneFELT BAG OR PURSE Pat Johnson
Make a hand felted bag, using traditional felt methods and modern Nuno techniques.

Level: Beginner / a little experience. Cost: £30, plus materials: £8.50. Maximum number of students: 10
Maureen Preen cordSaturday 16 JuneCORD MAKINGMaureen Preen
Use Lucet, Corkwork Bobbin, Spiral Cord Loom to make cords for decorating clothing or textile jewellery etc.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate. Cost: £30, materials included. Maximum number of students: 10
Note time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Needlefelt OwlSunday 17 JuneNEEDLEFELT OWLRuth Packham
Using the needle felting/dry felting technique you will make your own 3d owl from wool fibres.

Level: Beginner. Cost: £30, plus materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 15
Willow Bird SculptureMonday 18 JuneWILLOW BIRD SCULPTUREBeryl Smith
Create a bird sculpture for your garden or patio using willow in a day.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £30, plus materials: £8. Maximum number of students: 8
Willow HurdleTuesday 19 JuneWILLOW HURDLEBeryl Smith
You will make a sample hurdle and take away the skill to create your own hurdles at home, and also have the small sample hurdle to admire.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £30, plus materials: £10. Maximum number of students: 8
corsageThursday 21 JuneFUN CROCHET CORSAGESSasha Kagan
Learn how to crochet beautiful flowers and leaves to make a stunning corsage. Luxury fibers provided.

Level: Beginners / Intermediate. Cost: £30, plus materials: £5. Maximum number of students: 10
Needlefelt BearFriday 22 JuneNEEDLEFELT BEAR Olwen Veevers
Come along and make a miniature bear using pure, undyed, naturally-coloured wool.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate. Cost: £30, plus materials £5. Maximum number of students: 8
3D hollow felt cafetière coverSaturday 23 June3D HOLLOW FELTSue Terrey
Learn how to make seamless 3-D felt and create a bag, bowl, tea-cosy, etc. A wide range of sheep, other animal and plant fibre, plus yarns, will be available for your use.

Level: All. Cost: £30, plus materials: £7.50. Maximum number of students: 8
Felt wall hangingSunday 24 JuneFELT WALL HANGINGSue Terrey
Learn the following felting techniques - inlay, mosaic, cut-and-reveal - and use them to create a wall-hanging. A wide range of sheep, other animal and plant fibre plus yarns will be available for your use. Please bring images (sketches, photos, etc) to work from, and any decorative items you would like to include in your work.

Level: All. Cost: £30, plus materials: £7.50. Maximum number of students: 8
Crochet shawlTuesday 26 JuneTUNISIAN (EXOTIC) CROCHETMargaret Hughes
Includes basic instructions on how to do Tunisian crochet, plus work on a wide range (at least 7) additional Tunisian stitches and shaping details. Tools will include Tunisian hooks plus yarn, which will be supplied.

Level: Beginner / Improver. Cost: £30, plus materials (including hook): £10 . Maximum number of students: 10.
spinning spindleThursday 28 JuneSPIN WITH A SPINDLELin Lorien
Learn to spin and ply with a spindle. A craft you can take with you anywhere! Ideal for complete beginners, stay with the spindle or progress to a wheel as you wish.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £30, plus materials £3. Maximum number of students: 8
socksFriday 29 JuneSOCK KNITTING Lin Lorien
Learn how to knit socks in the round with 4 needles. How to cast on, turn a heel and graft a toe. Some 2-needle knitting experience would be useful.

Level: Intermediate. Cost: £30, plus materials £7.50 approx. Maximum number of students: 8

Montgomery Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers logo
The Montgomeryshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers was our guest Guild in 2012, with a display of their lovely artisan pieces, and there was also be a display of lovely Willow pieces by Maggie Shaw.