2014

basket made by Mel Bastier
Stalls       Workshops

Stalls

yarn and felt produced by Dunja RobertsAll In A Spin - Dunja Roberts
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Celebrating our wonderful native breeds of sheep, Dunja produces beautiful hand-spun yarn from fleece and other fibres, and runs workshops in spinning, weaving and needlefelting on her farm in the Black Mountains. Also supplies fleece, rovings, spinning wheels and equipment for hand spinners.
Black SheepY Ddafad Ddu /
                           The Black Sheep

A co-operative of designer-makers in Mid Wales using locally sourced materials and fabrics from Welsh mills.
Olwen Veevers' needlefelt penguinBorder Bears
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Border Bears is the craft side of Graig Fach sheep farm, which is situated in the Monmouthshire hills. Farmer Olwen Veevers runs a flock of coloured Corriedale, Bluefaced Leicester and Romney sheep, specialising in the production of fine fleeces for hand spinners and felt makers. Home-grown fleece is also used to make a variety of hand spun and felted goods, as well as small needlefelted animals, on farm.
Chrysalis business cardChrysalis
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Chrysalis 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
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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.
De Mont and Wright merino fabricDe Mont and Wright Studio
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Woven textiles as art, magic, functional and decorative pieces. We celebrate Creativity, Excellence and Enthusiasm in Textiles, Music & Education.
felted scarf made by Su PascoeDolyfelin Designs
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Dolyfelin Designs is run by Su Pascoe. Su loves to make beautiful, unique handcrafted items such as gloves, hats and scarves made out of felt and pieces of jewelery, often upcycling pre-owned materials.

Su makes her felted items using techniques such as Nuno and Wet Felting. She makes her items using Merrino Wool, Silk Tops, Blue Face Leicester and local Welsh Fleeces.
Dyed in the Wool knitted topDyed in the WoolBeautifully hand-crafted textiles including hand-knitted jumpers, hats, socks etc, most of which are from wool dyed by Sue. Textile recycling.
Essence of Tranquility felted bootsEssence of Tranquility
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All her 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 her slippers are painted with natural latex made from tree sap, which water proofs, prolonging the life of the soles and preventing slipping. Also selling slippers, scarves, fairies, felted animals, crochet hats and felted boot kits.
fox scarf made from feltFoxes and Fables
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Based in Mid Wales, Foxes & Fables is the creation of Amy, an artist with a passion for fashion and felt. Specialising in beautiful and unique nuno felted scarves and shawls, Amy combines silk, handmade felt and even sequins to create something that is not only wearable but also a piece of art.
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.
Peplum Jacket by Sasha KaganSasha Kagan Knitwear
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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 Kittus waistcoatKaotic Kittus
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Quirky re-designed, up-cycled clothing & accessories. Hand crafted cards & gifts, all with a Kaotic Kitty feel! Plus up-cycled dog coats for sighthounds.
basket made by Lois GrindyKibsey Craft
by Lois Grindy – a basketmaker with over 25 years experience who specialises in bespoke baskets.
green top hat made by Cassandra LishmanCassandra Lishman
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Cassandra lives in the Preseli mountains in a handbuilt strawbale roundhouse. Here she grows her own willow, from which she creates sculptures of many shapes and sizes. She weaves the willow into herons, dragons, wild boars and much more. She also makes traditional and contemporary frame baskets.

“I find felt making a wonderful contrast to willow, in both texture and colour. I enjoy creating ‘felt couture’ hats and waistcoats, scarves and a variety of accessories. I needle felt animals and angels, creating sculpture in miniature from natural materials.”
Fair Isle knitting by Margaret HughesMolliMade

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Etsy shop
Margaret Hughes runs MolliMade – the home for all things crochet. She sells made up items and takes custom orders on her website or her Etsy shop. She also teaches widely – both one-to-one and to groups. For the Wool and Willow Festival Margaret will have a selection of hand-spun and and-dyed wool, unique patterns and kits for sale.

If you want to develop your skills in crochet colour work or learn how to use those graphics that often accompany crochet patterns, Margaret will also be running two workshops (see Workshops page) - book your place now!
picture coming soonNaturals Myra Mortlock
 
Out to Learn WillowOut to Learn Willow
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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.
Masked Booby made by Ruth PackhamRuth Packham
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Ruth is a textile artist and maker, living in the seaside village of Borth.

Ruth uses British wool fibre in her work, making wet felt pictures using wool as a drawing tool, sculptural 3D vessels and needle/dry felted ‘soft sculpture’ creatures.

Inspired by the beauty of her surroundings - colour; landscape; the sea; nature; birds; animals … all feature in her work.

Ruth teaches felt-making workshops and takes part in ‘wool’ events around the world; she is a member of the International Feltmaking Association.
Plant Dyed WoolPlant Dyed Wool
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“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
Maureen PreenMaureen Preen
Specialist in spinning Doghair. Producer of locally-made peg looms/weaving sticks/lucets/workwork boobins. Rugs, mats, etc. made from handspun exotic yarns and materials.
Woven willow sculpture by Catherine PudnerCatherine PudnerCatherine is based in Pembrokeshire and is keen to push the boundries of willow as a sculpting material. Her work mainly takes shape as abstract forms but also creating more figurative pieces, taking inspiration from the natural world.
Rag ArtRag Art Studios
Rag Art website

Zalingai website
Rag Art sells the recycled textile creations of Sue Clow and Ruby Roberts including pictures, rugs, hats, bags, brooches and the specialist tools and materials needed for rag rug making.
felt picture by Ali Scott, felt artistAli Scott, Felt Artist
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Ali is an experienced feltmaker with a passion for transforming fleece into vibrant felt ‘paintings’. Ali exhibits widely, sells work through a variety of Art and Craft outlets, runs workshops and welcomes commissions.
woollen slippers made by Spirit StarSpirit Star

Spirit Star
Ianto and Gail Roberts are based in Dinas Mawddwy in the Snowdonia National Park, where they produce high-quality, handcrafted products made from natural materials, sourced as locally as possible. These include hand-crocheted woollen slippers, in every size, from new-born to size 13 adult, and can also be tailor-made.

They also produce natural scented candles and a range of SLS and Paraben-free bath and beauty products using the highest quality ingredients, organic where possible.

They also undertake commissions - please contact them to discuss.
felt bowls by Sue TerreySue Terrey
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A Fine Artist for 40 years and a Feltmaker and Dyer for the past 18 years. Sue is exhibiting Felt products and Felting equipment, dyed and un-dyed fibres and yarns and some work in other media. Felt products using a range of sheep, other animal and plant fibres, Wall hangings, Three dimensional Hollow Work, Nuno Felt, Flat Felt. Felting equipment, dyed and undyed fibre and yarns.
a range of Wild & Woody's productsWild and Woody

Wild and Woody.
Hand-crafted by Rosie Larmour-Jones in Mid Wales, knitwear including quirky toys, hats and jumpers made from 100% wool, some hand-dyed. Also producing handmade baskets and trays, and a selection of hand and face creams.
waistcoat by Grace BarkerWithering Sheep WoolgatheringHand-crafted goods from a small family group: knitters, crocheters, spinners, wood-turners, felters. We offer simply -designed functional products: waistcoats, scarves, shawls, hats, bags, yarn and accessories sold in finished form or simple kits. We promote the use of British wool and the idea of craft as good therapy.

This year's invited textile group is Spin A Yarn.

Spin a Yarn was set up about two years ago, when the Brecon and Radnor Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers folded. It is an informal group where people can meet on a weekly basis to spin, weave, knit, embroider etc. in a friendly atmosphere. Meetings are held at The Old School, Cwmdauddur, Rhayader, on Thursdays from 11.00am to 3.00pm or any time in between. Contact Yvonne Rea on 01597 810 937 for more information.


Workshops

 

needle-felted badger made by Ruth PackhamSaturday 31 MayNeedle-felted BadgerRuth Packham
Using British wool fibre, textile artist Ruth Packham will guide you through the process of 3D needle felting. Shaping the wool fibres and using images as reference you will make a soft sculpture of a badger.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £35, plus materials : £5
peg loom weaving by Sue DolmanSunday 1 JunePeg Loom WeavingSue Dolman
Learn how to use a Peg Loom. Make a rug or project of your own choice using locally-sourced fleece and recycled materials. Try out our different size Peg looms, We also have  large looms  specially made by us to enable you to make a large rug in a day. We have a selection of looms and materials for you to buy if you wish.

Level: suitable for all levels. Students will go home with a substantial rug or project of their choice. Cost: £35, material costs are up to £10 depending on the amount of fleece or material used.
nuno felted stole made by Chrissie MenziesMonday 2 JuneNuno Felted WrapChrissie Menzies
We will be producing a nuno felted Wrap using various fabrics and wool fibres. You will be shown how to lay out the wool fibres to form the base of the Wrap and add decorative fabrics on top. You will then be shown how to work the piece so that the fibres felt through the fabric to form a beautiful finished Wrap.

Materials: £5.00 per 100g if you do not have any. You will need a selection of silk materials to cut up and add to the wool fibres, manmade fabrics can also be used but all fabrics need to be fairly open weave and fine so that the fibres can travel through. You will also need approx 100g+ of merino fibre.

You will need to bring:
Large towel to put on the table under your bubblewrap
Jug for water and a plastic milk bottle with holes in the lid
Foam pipe lagging approx 3’ long & approx 3” diameter (I will have some for students to borrow on the day)
* Bubble wrap – approx 2’ x 3’ minimum
* Thin plastic sheeting (decorators’ dustsheet)

* These items can be purchase on the day if you are not able to obtain them.

Level: Beginners upwards. Cost: £35, plus materials: £ see above.
Fair Isle crochet by Margaret HughesTuesday 3 JuneFair Isle CrochetMargaret Hughes
Learn how to create Fairisle patterns in full colour in crochet. This is based on Tunisian colour work. Bring your own DK yarn or pay up to £25.00. 5.5 mm Tunisian hook also required.

Level: medium to advanced; participants MUST be able to do basic Tunisian stitches. Cost: £35, plus materials: £ see above.
willow basket by Lois GrindeyWednesday 4 JuneDecorative Willow BordersLois Grindey
This class will concentrate on making a tray or small basket, but finished with a beautiful plaited or deep border to give it that little bit of something special.

Level: some previous experience is helpful but not totally necessary. Cost: £35, plus materials: £6
traditional rag rug by Sue ClowThursday 5 JuneTraditional Rag Rug Making using Recycled WoolSue Clow
Make a cushion pad, a picture or a hat from recycled jumpers, blankets and yarn whilst exploring a variety of rag rug making tools and techniques.

Bring sharp scissors.

Level: all. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
knitting with colour by Sasha KaganFriday 6 JuneKnitting with ColourSasha Kagan
Knitters, learn how to enjoy using colour working with stripes, Fairisle and Intarsia techniques. A fun workshop with a wonderful colour selection of luxury fibres to play with.

Sasha Kagan's website.

Level: Intermediate. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
Adding Layers to Felt with Chrissie MenziesSaturday 7 JuneAdding Layers to FeltChrissie Menzies
We will be producing a sample piece using wool fibres and layering techniques, which will illustrate how laying the fibres in different directions can affect the elasticity and manipulation of the felt. You will be shown the different ways and combinations of laying out the wool fibres and use plastic as a resist to add layers to your felt piece.

Materials: You will need to bring:
Merino wool in your own choice of colours – minimum 200g (but better to bring more)
Large towel to put on the table under your bubblewrap
Jug for water and a plastic milk bottle with holes in the lid
* Bubble wrap – approx 2’ x 3’
* Foam pipe lagging approx 18” long
Thin builder’s dust sheet plastic from which to make resist templates
Scissors

* These items can be purchase on the day if you are not able to obtain them.

Level: Beginners upwards. Cost: £35, plus materials: £ see above.
Layered felted Kindle case made by Ruth PackhamSunday 8 JuneWet felt a gadget case of your choiceRuth Packham
You will learn how to wet-felt a seamless 3D case for your own gadget – Kindle/mobile/laptop/iPod - using British wool fibres.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £35, plus materials : £5
tools used in hand-spinning workshop by Dunja RobertsMonday 9 JuneHand Spinning - prepare your own unique fibreDunja Roberts
Learn how to prepare fibre direct from fleece. You will have the opportunity to experiment with longwool and lustre fleeces, downland fleece and alpaca among others, preparing them in different ways for woollen or worsted spinning. Hands-on experience of the wool picker, drum carder, flick carders, hand carders and wool combs. Spin samples to take away with you for inspiration for your next spinning project.

NB: Course participants must bring their own spinning wheel or drop spindle. If they own hand carders or wool combs please bring these too. All other equipment will be provided.

Level: Improvers (must already be able to spin). Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
Brinkley loom weaving with Jane MeredithTuesday 10 JuneBrinkley Loom WeavingJane Meredith
You will learn to warp up and weave on the very simple-to-use Brinkley loom. Warping the loom takes less than 10 minutes. We will be using plant-dyed yarn and fleece and by the end of the day you should have a length of fabric which could be a table runner, a scarf maybe, or a wall hanging. Anyone can learn. Children under 12 need to be with a parent.

Plant Dyed Wool website.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £35, plus materials: £7.50
woven products by Steve Attwood WrightThursday 12 JuneDyeing Wool and Silk with Acid DyesSteve Attwood Wright
Bring along fabrics, fibres and yarns of wool and silk to create a spectrum of colours dyed with acid dyes. This dying method uses cheap dyestuffs and requires low energy inputs.

This workshop does NOT take place in the Minerva Centre, but at Steve's studio in Sarn, about 20 miles away.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
traditional rag rug by Sue ClowThursday 12 JuneHooking with FleeceSue Clow
Discover the traditional rag rug technique of hooking and locker-hooking using unspun fleect to make rugs, cushions and pictures.

Level: all. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
 made by Sue TerreyFriday 13 JuneUsing Design and ColourSue Terrey
In this workshop we will be using a variety of media to explore the effects of colour, line and tone. My aim is to create a fun and supportive environment in which we can experiment with design, negative and positive space, and the ‘mood’ we want to convey in our work.

Please bring a notebook and selection of pens (biros, felt, etc).

Level: Beginners and upwards. Cost: £35, plus materials: £6
 made by Sue TerreySaturday 14 June3-Dimensional Hollow FeltSue Terrey
Learn how to make seamless 3-D felt and create a bag, bowl, phone/laptop case, or hat. A wide range of sheep, other animal and plant fibre plus yarns will be available for your use. Please bring a tape measure, notebook and, if you are making a hat bring along some examples of designs you like and/or a hat which you like to wear.

Level: All. Cost: £35, plus materials: £10
Felt Polar Bear by Olwen VeeversSunday 15 JuneNeedle Felt Polar BearOlwen Veevers
Using the needlefelting technique, learn to sculpt a small Polar Bear from pure, clean fleece.

Level: Beginners / Intermediate. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5 : students may bring their own needles if they wish.
exotic fibres used by Dunja RobertsMonday 16 JuneSpinning Exotic FibresDunja Roberts
A chance to experiment with new and different fibres and blends such as yak, bamboo, cotton, flax, silk and more … Spin samples to take away to inspire you to design your own speciality blends.

NB: Course participants must bring their own spinning wheel or drop spindle. If you own hand carders or wool combs please bring these too. All other equipment will be provided.

Level: Improvers (must already be able to spin). Cost: £35, plus materials: £7
Felt picture made by Ali ScottTuesday 17 JuneFelt PicturesAli Scott
Learn the basic ‘wet’ felt-making techniques to create a design or landscape scene using colour wool tops, pre-felts and a range of yarns and fibres. Bring along an image, design or just your imagination and have fun!

Ali Scott's website.

Level: Beginners & Intermediate. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
willow sculptures by Catherine PudnerWednesday 18 JuneWillow SculptureCatherine Pudner
In this one-day workshop you will learn the basics of willow sculpture - building simple forms from scratch into a finished piece; try your hand at making a shape of your own design with assistance from sculptor Catherine Pudner. Previous delights to have come out of the workshop include birds, globes, dragonflys and windmills.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £35, plus materials: £8
hat made by Sam Boulanger
hearts made by Sam Boulanger
Thursday 19 JuneIntroduction to Upcycling, part 1Samantha Boulanger
(Kaotic Kittus)
We will start by making simple corsage flower brooches using wool jumpers/blankets etc, then move on to making other funky accessories and items. All materials provided.

Students will need to bring their own sewing machine (modern electric preferred) and sharp scissors.

Level: All. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
willow frame basket by Mel BastierFriday 20 JuneWillow Frame BasketMel Bastier
Weave a beautiful oval frame basking using traditional methods and a variety of coloured willow.

Out to Learn Willow. Also lots of photos on Facebook.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5.

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED; due to its popularity, we have now arranged a second day of the same workshop on 25th. June.
Willow basket made by Beryl SmithSat 21 June / Sun 22 JuneTraditional Basket MakingBeryl Smith
The two days will be devoted to creating your very own round basket to take away and use, exploring grading, selection, construction, borders and handles (time permitting). This will be using traditional basket making techniques and a selection of willows.

Level: Beginnners or Improvers. Cost: £70 (2 days), plus materials: £10
Needle Felt Teddy Bear by Olwen VeeversMonday 23 JuneNeedle Felt Teddy BearOlwen Veevers
Make your own tiny, jointed teddy bear using washed wool fibre. There will be a choice of pure, natural, undyed colours of fleece, all produced by the sheep on my Monmouthshire farm. It will be a busy day but with coffee, tea and biscuits plus plenty of good company and hard work, students will complete a unique, old-fashioned teddy bear.

Level: Beginner(if prepared to work hard) or intermediate. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5. OR students can use their own needles & sponges if they wish.
decorative crochet trim by Sasha KaganTuesday 24 JuneCrochet Borders, Trims, etc.Sasha Kagan
Learn how to crochet easy flowers, borders and trims to enhance your hand knitting, make stunning corsages and unusual finishes with versatile crochet stitches.

Sasha Kagan's website.

Level: Intermediate. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
willow frame basket by Mel BastierFriday 25 JuneWillow Frame BasketMel Bastier
Weave a beautiful oval frame basking using traditional methods and a variety of coloured willow.

Out to Learn Willow. Also lots of photos on Facebook.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
upcycled waistcoat by Sam BoulangerThursday 26 JuneIntroduction to Upcycling, part 2Samantha Boulanger
(Kaotic Kittus)
We will spend the day reconstructing a wool jumper/cardigan into a funky waistcoat.

Students will need to bring their own sewing machine (modern electric preferred), sharp scissors and a wool jumper/cardigan as a base garment (and optionally few other ones to chop up ). Other materials are provided.

Level: All. Cost: £35, plus materials: £5
crochet pattern by Margaret HughesFriday 27 JuneUnderstanding and Writing Crochet Charts and PatternsMargaret Hughes
Learn how to read, understand and write both patterns and charts in crochet. Both stitch charts and colour charts will be covered. This class is always popular when given elsewhere - so early booking is advisable.

Level: participants need to be able to do basic crochet stitches, so this is not really a beginners class. Cost: £35, plus materials: £8, or bring your own wool.