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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’. “My 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.
Olwen Veevers' sheepBorder Bears
Olwen Veevers

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Border Bears is the craft side of my small sheep farming business. Graig-Fach, an all-grass farm in the hills of east Monmouthshire, is home to my flock of coloured Corriedale and Romney sheep. I specialise in the production of fine fleeces, in a variety of colours, for sale to hand-spinners and felt-makers.

In order to ensure that I can keep my sheep in the manner to which they are accustomed, I also use their wool to spin, felt and needle felt a range of woollen articles for sale. These include hand-spun yarns, sturdy shopping bags, slippers, cushions, personalised place-mats and all sorts of small needle-felted creatures. I also enjoy running needle-felting workshops and doing my best to convince the world of the merits of wool.
woven willow basket by Beryl SmithCrafts 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.
weaving by De Mont and WrightDe Mont and Wright Studio
Steve Attwood-Wright

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I am a textile designer, artist and tutor with a studio in the Kerry Hills on the Wales-Shropshire border. I design and weave on a 60 inch wide cloth loom. I am intrigued by unusual fabric structures and effects, and use traditional and modern materials to create double cloths, three-dimensional and double-sided fabrics. My inspiration comes from the rhythm, energies and colours of the changing seasons, music and poetry.
felted hats made by Su PascoeDolyfelin Designs
Su Pascoe

Dolyfelin Designs is run by Su Pascoe. Su loves to make beautiful, unique handcrafted items such as gloves, hats, scarves and beautiful evening wraps made out of felt and she also enjoys creating pieces of unique jewelery, often upcycling pre-owned materials.

Su creates her felted items using mainly the wet felting techniques of Nuno felting and resist felting.

She often uses wool yarns to embellish her creations.
Dragons shopDragons Wool Craft
Suzanne Dolman

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Dragons is a community interest company based in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant. We have a wide range of art and craft produced by people from the surrounding area. Our wool crafters have come together to exhibit at The Wool and Willow Festival. The shop opened in September last and so far we have held workshops and events. Our aim is to support new crafters and artists, also to strengthen the local economy. Dragons also supplies fibers, kits and yarns to wool crafters.
selection of Dyed in the Wool productsDyed in the Wool
Suzanne Dolman
Spinning, dying, creative knitting and weaving. Yarns for weavers and creative knitters. My yarns are inspired by the natural world, full of texture and native colour. They are ideal for the more creative project, hand spun, dyed and plied in my studio. These yarns are mainly wool with a little extra where a texture or sparkle is needed.
FfolkyFfelt, wren made by Emma BevanFfolkyFfelt
Emma Bevan

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I live in the Brecon Beacons, which acts as my inspiration. I began my journey with printing, pencil drawing and photography, training at The London University of the Arts.
I discovered felt-making during treatments for cancer - it provided me with some practical ‘therapy’, and discovered that felt-making allows me to explore my relationship with nature and the environment, to create art whilst being hands-on and immerse myself in its tactile and soothing processes.
I mainly use local hand-dyed wools, which creates another link between myself and the landscape. I enjoy knowing the story behind my fleece, and the farmers who provide it. I love to combine traditional skills with contemporary designs and all my creations are lovingly hand-crafted in my studio.
As a qualified tutor and artist, I also love to teach workshops and courses.
I am a member of the International Feltmakers Association and the Campaign for Wool.
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

Jenny specialises in hand-dyed luxury yarns in exciting vibrant colours, inspiring creativity in knitting, crochet and felting. A wide variety of fibres is available, including pure wool, kid mohair, alpaca and silk. The various weights of yarn include laceweight, sockweight, 4-ply, DK, Aran and chunky, dyed in plain and variegated colours, and can also be ordered.
There is a range of knitted items both for sale and to demonstrate the qualities of the yarns: shawls, scarves, tunics and cardigans. Patterns are available for some of these garments. Jenny hopes her yarns will inspire your creativity!
crochet by Maggie OliverMaggie Oliver

Aged 5, and fed up with knitting, I was given a very fine crochet hook by my great aunt, who showed me how to use it. I never put down my hook! I soon realised that there was an Aladdin's Cave of British wool breeds, all with different qualities and colours. I learnt to spin, and also about breeding and husbandry, and how they affect the fibre. Never daring to let go of my hook, I have taken to weaving on nail looms and I am looking to combine the two!
I can offer full fleeces, 1st. clip, lambswool, mainly in the grease. Also Jacob and Alpaca from Championship flocks.
Scarf 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.
Rug made by Maureen PreenMaureen Preen

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I spin dog-combings for customers, teach spinning, simple weaving and natural dyes at my yesteryear country retreat near Welshpool. I weave with rags, plastic, tinsel, yarn and of course hand-spun dog-combings, specializing in circular mats.
Willow basket made by Mel BastierOut 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 & Ruby Roberts

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We are textile artists living in mid Wales and specialising in Creative Textile Recycling. We make rag rugs, wall hangings, pictures, bags, hats and much more. Using old clothes, unwanted textiles and colourful junk we love to experiment with different recycling techniques. We travel around teaching workshops and exhibiting at galleries, festivals and fairs throughout the year. Ruby’s work includes a wide range of creative recycling. Ruby loves taking commissions and making your ideas come alive, however weird and wacky. See more of Ruby’s work on RubyJaneTextiles. and on her Facebook page. Sue runs monthly workshops at the National Wool Museum, Dre-Fach, Felindre, nr. Newcastle Emlyn and sells her work in the Shop at Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth.
Our website sells rag rug-making tools and kits, and has lots more information.
by Sarah FisherSarah Fisher

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Sarah 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, jewellery and book covers, to hats, bags and wraps. She also enjoys making hollow 3D sculptures and 2D abstract or semi-abstract hangings.
an example made with West Wales Willows' rodsWest Wales Willows

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West Wales Willows offers online supplies of willow cuttings and rods for basket weaving, living structures (outdoor wicker furniture, domes and tunnels), bee fodder, ornamental use and short-rotation coppicing for individuals or community projects. We have close to 300 varieties on our smallholding in West Wales.
throw by Wittering SheepWittering Sheep

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Wittering Sheep is a family group of craftspeople spanning three generations. Our hand-made goods 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.
Woolcraft yarnWoolcraft - Charlotte Lodge

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Charlotte Lodge lives and works on the family farm in the hills in Mid-Wales. She sorts fleeces, and spins and dyes her wool for various purposes, including knitting, crochet and weaving. Colours are very important to Charlotte, who finds natural dyes result in colours which blend in pleasing and creative ways in her work. On sale this year are lots of skeins of natural-dyed wools, along with shawls, waistcoats, and woven rugs.

Workshops

3D needle-felted bird by Emma BevanSaturday 4 June3D Needle-Felted BirdsEmma Bevan
Learn how to needle felt with native wools, and create a beautiful bird. You can choose from a wren or a robin, a blue tit or an owl, for example.

Level : Suitable for beginners and improvers

Cost of materials: £6
Felt bag by Sarah FisherSunday 5 JuneExperimental Felt - Small Bag or Flat FeltSarah Fisher
Using the wet felt method explore different techniques for embellishing the surface. Participants can create spikes, dangles, frills, lumps, craters, etc., as well as exploiting contrasts of colour and texture using multi-coloured scraps of scrim and silk. The tutor will bring along a treasure trove of bits and pieces. If people would prefer to make flat felt rather than a bag – perhaps embroiderers would like to make an exciting base into which to stitch later – this will be fine. Adventurous beginners are welcome – this is an excellent way of understanding how feltmaking works and exploring its endless possibilities.

Level: Any

Materials: £7
willow baskets made by Mel BastierSaturday 11 JuneWillow Basket WeavingMel Bastier
What could be more satisfying then making your own willow basket? On this course we will learn how to make a garden trug using traditional techniques. The materials that you will be working with are all completely natural and the processes have been passed down through the generations. Your basket will be practical, strong and robust, and completely individual to you.

Level: suitable for beginners or improvers.

Materials £5
wet felt picture by Ali ScottSunday 12 JuneCreating a 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: Beginners/intermediate

Materials: £5
Nuno felt wrap by Su PascoeSaturday 18 JuneNuno Felt WrapSu Pascoe
Participants will complete a hand felted project of their own design using the nuno felting technique. Materials can be made available on the day - merino wool tops in various colours and a wide selection of scarves, organza or silk. Participants can bring their own materials if they wish, however, it is advisable to discuss your choice with me beforehand.

Level - intermediate to advanced

Cost of Materials: £10.00 - £15.00 for Silk
rag rug by Sue ClowSunday 19 JuneRag Rug MakingSue Clow
Make a small mat, cushion pad, decorative panel or picture whist learning the rag rug making techniques of hooking, prodding and locker hooking using yarn, local fleece and recycled woollens both knitted and woven.
Needle Felted Rabbit made by Olwen VeeversSaturday 25 JuneNeedle Felt Relaxing RabbitOlwen Veevers
Discover the versatility of needle felting and learn how to sculpt your own little resting rabbit, using pure wool.

Level: Suitable for beginners and improvers

Cost of materials: £5.00
willow spoons made by Mel BastierSunday 26 JuneWillow Spoon CarvingMel Bastier
Carve yourself a beautiful rustic spoon out of green willow. You will learn basic safe knife techniques to shape the spoon blank into a design of your choosing and how to finish the spoon either using a knife or sandpaper. You will also learn about the selection of woods for spoon carving, and which oils are food safe and where to source them.

Level: suitable for beginners.

Materials £5
modern Celtic crochet by Margaret HughesSaturday 2 JulyModern Celtic CrochetMargaret Hughes
This workshop will open up the world of three dimensional Celtic crochet stitches. You will learn to make the braids and interlaces that knitters generally make (that I have been told are impossible in crochet!). You can learn that they are relatively easy. This class is not a beginners’ class - you need to know your basic stitches and be comfortable with them.

Some patterns will be given out free in the workshop. There will be others to buy if you wish. We will be working on stitch patterns from the Celtic Quilt - which will be on display at the Festival. By the end of the workshop you will have made a good start on your own Celtic pattern throw.

Level: Some experience of crochet required.

Materials: Bring DK or Aran wool and a size 6 or 7mm hook. I will have some to buy if you cannot - at a cost of £6.00.