2015

willow dinosaur made by Cassandra Lishman
Exhibitors       Workshops

Exhibitors

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’. Her 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.
All In A Spin - 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. As well as spinning and weaving to commission, she also supplies fleece and stocks Ashford equipment for hand-spinners and weavers.
Olwen Veevers' needlefelt bear and catBorder Bears

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Farmed by Olwen Veevers, Graig-Fach sheep farm is situated in the Monmouthshire hills. Olwen 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 needle felted animals.
willow dinosaur made by Cassandra LishmanCassandra Lishman
Willow Sculpture, Baskets & Felt Couture

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Cassandra has been creating beautiful things from natural materials all her life, and strives to make her living ‘from the land’ in an Eco-village in the Preseli hills.
She annually hand-coppices all her own naturally-grown willow. Drawing inspiration from the beauty and drama found in nature, she creates willow animal sculptures, sculptural baskets and traditional ‘Cyntell’ baskets.
Cassandra also loves the contrast of working with the colours and softness of wool. She designs and creates ‘Felt Couture’ clothing including ‘bodice’ waistcoats, ‘pixie’ and ‘top’ hats, cloaks & brooches. She uses UK-sourced wool and organic merino. She also makes needlefelt animal sculptures.
Cheryl and Simon Hamer's crochet workCheryl & Simon Hamer
Cheryl is a craft lover and can crochet anything. Baby shoes, bunting and all types of blankets and throws are Cheryl's specialities. Commissions will be welcomed.
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 double clothDe Mont and Wright Studio
Steve Attwood-Wright

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Steve works with a 60” wide 16-shaft cloth loom and a heavy rug loom. He is intrigued by unusual fabric structures and effects and uses traditional and modern materials to create double cloths, 3 dimensional and double-sided cloths. Inspiration comes from many sources, including the rhythm and colours of the changing seasons, poetry and music. Steve has run workshops for children and adults for 30 years, including 20 years as weave tutor at Middlesex University. He has been exploring outdoors art-works made with found objects and making labyrinths. He bought a small woodland plantation in 2005, where he is creating pathways and clearings for art projects.
felted scarf made by Su PascoeDolyfelin Designs
Su Pascoe

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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 Merino Wool, Silk Tops, Blue Face Leicester and local Welsh Fleeces.
selection of Dyed in the Wool productsDyed in the Wool
Suzanne Dolman
Dyed in the Wool offers hand spun, dyed and plied yarn, knits and kits. Suzanne’s craft is focused on wool and she seeks out beautiful colour and texture to inspire creativity. The kits are designed with the beginner in mind and include hand-spun yarns and easy instruction.
Essence of Tranquility productsEssence of Tranquility
Caron Williams

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Felted Boots, Fairy Wings, Hand Painted Silk Cushions & Silk Scarves.
All my slippers and boots are made from either Alpaca or sheep fleece. I enjoy making felt from these amazing fleeces. I wet felt many layers of alpaca/sheep fleece and then embellish the final layers with wool and silk.
Felting involves fibre, water and natural olive oil soap - so the whole process is environmentally friendly. All of my slippers are painted with natural latex made from tree sap which water proofs, prolongs the life of the soles and prevents slipping.
Wool felt is a natural dirt and odour repellent. These felted slippers are very warm without making your feet sweat, lightweight and massage your feet as you wear them and can help to improve circulation. They are the most comfortable shoes you can ever wear around the house.
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.
Jenny Cook's yarnsJenny Cook

Hand-dyed yarns, plus clothes and accessories knitted from the yarns. Jenny is fascinated by sumptuous, vibrant colours, and aims to inspire artists and craftspeople with her hand-dyed and painted fibres. She produces wools, alpaca, silk and cashmere, and kid mohair in various weights and textures. Knitted children's and adults' clothes and accessories are available, with patterns for some of the styles.
Kaotic Kittus waistcoatKaotic Kittus
Samantha Boulanger

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Funky, unique, upcycled, foraged fashion.
Melindwr Textiles scarfMelindwr Textiles
Jan Armstrong
Melindwr Textiles is a small business based in Mid-Wales, producing home and fashion accessories for adults and children using both recycled and new fabrics, wools, and buttons.
Crochet jacket by Margaret HughesMolliMade
Margaret Hughes

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Margaret Hughes has been crocheting and teaching crochet for 45 years and has taught on two different continents. She enjoys playing with colour and texture and likes to stretch the boundaries of crochet, but always with an eye to practicality.
Out to Learn WillowOut 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.
Rag Art Studios productRag Art Studios
Sue Clow

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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 bag by Sarah FisherSarah FisherSarah 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, jewelery and book covers, to hats, bags and wraps. She also enjoys making hollow 3D sculptures and 2D abstract or semi-abstract hangings.
Peplum Jacket by Sasha KaganSasha Kagan Knitwear

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Sasha Kagan will be exhibiting her latest collection of designs for hand knitting.
For 2015 the colours are bright and cheerful, using natural fibres, flower and leaf motifs on shapes that are classic, feminine and easy to wear.
Both readymade garments and knitting kits will be available and a custom-made service can be used for special commissions.
woollen slippers made by Spirit StarSeren Yspryd / Spirit Star
Gail Roberts

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 bowl by Sue TerreySue Terrey

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Sue’s passions are landscape painting in felt, pastels, watercolour or oils. She will be exhibiting a range of work including felt wall-hangings, 3D hollow felt sculptures and functional items, together with work in other media. On sale too will be a selection of fibres (sheep, other animal and plant), felting equipment, yarns and some second-hand books and magazines.
Over the past 15 years she has taught felt-making, art and many crafts at every level from Pre-school through to Higher Education, and to people with a range of physical and mental abilities.
throw by Wittering SheepWittering Sheep

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Wittering Sheep is a family group of craftspeople spanning three generations. Our hand-made good 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.
weaving by Maureen PreenWood Cymru
Maureen Preen

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Maureen’s peg looms and weaving sticks have been made in Mid Wales since 1987, selling in their 1000s to schools, groups and individuals worldwide. Her booklets are best-sellers and people enjoy coming to her old cottage to learn how to weave, using everything from bin bags and tinsel to fleece and hand-spun dog combings. Semi-circular and round weavings are a speciality.
Woolcraft Wales yarnWoolcraft Wales
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Charlotte spins, dyes, weaves and tints her wools from her house in the Welsh hills. The fleece is sorted and gets a primary washing. Once dry, it is carded and spun, then plyed and wound off into a skein. The wool is then immersed in water with the mordent and dye-stuff, and heated very slowly until the colour is fast. The skeins are then stretched, dried and labelled ready for sale. The natural colours are inspiring to creators: weavers, knitters and crocheters.

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

knitting by Sasha KaganSaturday 30 MayDesign for Hand-KnittingSasha Kagan
Sasha will teach you how to design your own motifs to make your hand knits truly original. You will learn her famous intarsia technique and knit a swatch using top quality yarns. A fun workshop for adventurous knitters wishing to expand their skills with colour work.

Level: intermediate. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5
off-loom weaving by Sue TerreySunday 31 MayOff-Loom WeavingSue Terrey
Experiment with various forms of Off-Loom Weaving: Peg-Loom Weaving, Stick-Weaving and Card Weaving. These three techniques are a brilliant way to use up fibre, yarn and cloth. You'll have a chance to explore a variety of effects for creating a wide range of items - rugs, scarves, bags, sculptural ideas. Please note: Card Weaving will be a type of Tapestry Weaving not Tablet Weaving - sometimes these words are used interchangeably.
A very wide range of fibre, yarn and cloth will be available to use. Please do bring anything you would like to add to the work.

Level: suitable for all levels. Cost: £38, plus materials: £9.
crochet by Margaret HughesMonday 1 JuneImprover's CrochetMargaret Hughes
This workshop is designed to cater for anyone who already knows the basics of crochet. There will be a range of five or six projects, of varying levels of difficulty, and participants are encouraged to choose one or two projects which will develop their skills in new directions. Projects can involve Broomstick lace crochet, Tunisian crochet, Mobius twist cowls, Fair Isle crochet, 3D crochet involving popcorn and cables and more. If you have a particular project in mind please ask for it to be included.
If participants wish to bring a work in progress which they need help with they are welcome to do so.

Level: improvers. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5 - 20, depending on project. Participants are also welcome to bring their own materials.
crochet corsages by Sasha KaganThursday 4 JuneCrochet CorsagesSasha Kagan
Learn how to crochet beautiful corsages to embellish your knits. From simple roses to a bunch of flowers, Sasha will guide you on a journey of discovery into the world of 3D crochet, using top-quality yarn and simple stitches.

Level: beginner to intermediate. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5
wet felt picture by Ali ScottFriday 5 JuneWet-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 carrier bag to carry wet work home and an old sponge and towel to keep your work area dry.

Level: beginner / intermediate. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5.
willow sculptures by Cassandra LishmanSaturday 6 JuneWillow SculpturesCassandra Lishman
In one day you can make large willow daisies or a dragonfly or a bee for your garden. More advanced sculptures are possible by arrangement.

Starts at 10am

Level: beginners / intermediate. Cost: £38, plus materials: £6
needle-felted panda by Olwen VeeversSunday 7 JuneNeedle felted PandaOlwen Veevers
Spend a day learning needle felting and sculpting pure wool, to produce your own unique, perfect little Panda.

Level: intermediate / enthusiastic beginners. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5. (Students may bring their own needles and sponges if they have them, and just pay for fibre.)
wet felt picture by Ali ScottMonday 8 JuneWet-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 carrier bag to carry wet work home and an old sponge and towel to keep your work area dry.

Level: beginner / intermediate. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5.
felt hat by Cassandra LishmanTuesday 9 JuneFelt HatsCassandra Lishman
Make a gorgeous ‘felt couture’ hat in either ‘classic’ or ‘pixie’ style using a template and resist method. Sculpt British and organic merino wool into a bespoke hat.

Level: beginner / intermediate. Cost: £38, plus materials: £8
rag rug by Sue ClowThursday 11 JuneBraided Rag RugsSue Clow
Make a braided cushion pad or place mat from recycled woollen fabric.

Level: any. Cost: £38, plus materials: £3
woollen accessories by Samantha BoulangerFriday 12 JuneIntroduction to upcycling:
Woolly Accessory Making
Samantha Boulanger
We will spend the day creating funky accessories including snoods, hats, bags, corsages, flower brooches plus much more. For this workshop you will need to bring your own sewing machine (modern electric preferred) and sharp scissors. All materials provided.

Level: beginners. Cost: £38, plus materials: £7
willow basket made by Mel BastierSaturday 13 JuneWillow Frame Basket MakingMel Bastier
Weave an oval frame basket using traditional methods and a variety of coloured willow.

Starts at 10am.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5
Needle Felted Rabbits made by Olwen VeeversSunday 14 JuneNeedle Felted RabbitOlwen Veevers
Learn needle felting and use clean, dry fleece to make a tiny rabbit or even a whole warren full!

Level: all. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5 (Students may bring their own needles and sponges if they wish and only pay for fleece.)
willow plant support made by Beryl SmithMonday 15 JuneWillow Plant SupportBeryl Smith
Make a spiral plant support from willow to grow sweet peas or beans up, or smaller ones to stop your plants from flopping over. This will be your own creation and you will be using some traditional basket making techniques too. We will also be discussing properties of willow and all of its versatilities during the day.

Level: beginners. Cost: £38, plus materials: £7
wool prepared for spinning by Dunja RobertsTuesday 16 JuneSpinning: Compare and ContrastDunja Roberts
We will start with an overview of the down-type fleeces and the best ways to prepare and spin them, followed by time to prepare fleeces using a variety of tools and spin samples with your projects in mind. Then we will consider the longwool and lustre fleeces and their preparation and spinning methods, with lots of opportunity to use different preparation tools such as wool combs and flick carders, with time to spin samples. A good range of fleeces will be available for workshop participants to use, including coloured and rare breed fleeces from Dunja’s farm in the Black Mountains.

Course participants must bring their own spinning wheel and bobbins or drop spindle. Please also bring carders or wool combs if you have them. All other equipment will be provided.

Level: improvers (must be able to spin a continuous thread). Cost: £38, plus materials: £7
wire crochet jewellery made by Margaret HughesThursday 18 JuneCrochet with WireMargaret Hughes
This workshop is designed to enable those who are already familiar with the basics of crochet develop their skills using different materials. These will include beads and wire, sometimes with wool and sometimes without. Projects will include bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Patterns will be provided free but there will be a small charge for materials, depending on what people make.

Level: ? Cost: £38, plus materials: up to £10
Star lanterns made on a course run by Beryl SmithFriday 19 JuneWillow & Paper Star LanternBeryl Smith
Come and learn how to make a willow and paper Star Lantern to hang in your garden or take on a parade. Other shapes can be made during this workshop also.

Level: beginners. Cost: £38, plus materials: £6
3D hollow felt product by Sue TerreySaturday 20 June3D 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. This course is suitable for all levels. 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 levels Cost: £38, plus materials: £10
embellished felt products by Su PascoeSunday 21 JuneEmbellished merino scarf, scarflette or neck ruffleSu Pascoe
Participants will complete an embellished felted project of their own design using a wet felting technique. Materials can be made available on the day – merino wool tops in various colours and a wide selection of embellishing wools. Participants can bring their own materials if they wish.

Level: beginners / intermediate. Cost: £38, plus materials: £7.50
willow baskets made by Lois GrindeyMonday 22 & Tuesday 23 June Basketmaking for BeginnersLois Grindey
A 2-day course to make a simple handled basket using traditional techniques and materials. You will learn about the history of baskets while you work and have notes to take home with you.

Please bring a pair of sharp secateurs with you.

N.B. Course starts at 9.30am.

Level: beginners. Cost: £70, plus materials: £10
heddle loom weaving by Dunja RobertsTuesday 24 JuneWeaving at Warp SpeedDunja Roberts
Come and learn how to weave in a day. As well as it being fast and fun, you can achieve really fantastic, top quality results with a rigid heddle loom. It’s ‘proper’ weaving! This workshop covers: weaving terminology, choosing your yarn, warping the loom, weaving your cloth, finishing the fabric. By the end of the day you will have produced a length of fabric suitable for use as a runner or scarf.

Level: beginners and improvers. Cost: £38, plus materials: £7.
upcycled garments made by Samantha BoulangerThursday 25 JuneUpcycling 2:
Woolly Jumper deconstruction
Samantha Boulanger
During the course of the day we will turn a woolly jumper into a shrug/cape and/or waistcoat. For this workshop you will need to bring your own sewing machine (modern electric preferred) and sharp scissors, and a close knit/felt jumper or two to deconstruct. All other materials provided.

Level: Beginners. Cost: £38, plus materials: £5.
recycled fabric sunflower by Sue ClowFriday 26 JuneRag Rug SunflowersSue Clow
Make a giant sunflower from recycled fabric using rag rug-making techniques of hooking and prodding.

Level: any. Cost: £38, plus materials: £3
small felt handbag by Su PascoeSaturday 27 JuneEmbellished Small Felt HandbagSu Pascoe
Participants will complete an embellished felted project of their own design using a wet felting resist technique. One mastered, this technique can be used to make larger handbags and hats and other 3D projects. Materials can be made available on the day – merino wool tops in various colours and a wide selection of embellishing wools. Participants can bring their own materials if they wish.

Level: intermediate or advanced. Cost: £38, plus materials: £7.50