Returning for its eleventh fabulous year on April 23 and 24, the wool and natural fibre extravaganza Wonderwool Wales 2016 will be held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.
Wonderwool Wales is the premier Wool & Natural Fibre Festival in Wales. First held in 2006 to promote the market for Welsh wool, the festival celebrates the green credentials of Welsh wool and its versatility as a material for creative crafts, designer clothes, home furnishings and more. Wonderwool Wales has grown year on year and now covers everything from the start to the end of the creative process – from exhibits of sheep, through raw and hand dyed fibres, yarn for knitting & crochet, embellishments, equipment, dyes and books to superb examples of finished textile art, craft, clothing and home furnishings.
Fibre fans, craft lovers and makers will be flocking from all over the UK to the 2016 show, which will be bursting at the seams with stalls, special exhibitions, daily demonstrations and have-a-go sessions. The popular programme of pre-bookable Woolschools, put together by the organisers, has something to inspire everyone, whether their interest is knitting, crochet, felting, weaving, spinning or fleece preparation.
There’s a choice of six two-hour workshops, for which topics include mapuche weaving techniques; the sought-after opportunity to join the talented Jenny Barnett and learn how to make a lovely little needle felt fish brooch and a Woolschool with Sarah Enoch to create a ‘cobweb’ felt scarflet using wet felting techniques. Frances Fletcher will show her students how to use the Kool Aid dyeing process or Woolschool participants can choose to design and make a beautiful tasselled bag charm under the guidance of Vicky Pritchard or join Carys Hedd and Diane Logan for a workshop in the ever-useful life-skill of upcycling old, boring, ill-fitting square jumpers into funky, fabulous, figure-hugging garments.
The 2016 Woolschool programme also includes six one-hour workshops, covering ever-popular topics such as hand carding, spinning on a drop spindle and selecting fleeces for processing.
Visitors are urged to book early for the Woolschools, which fill up fast, but for anyone who misses out, the show provides lots of other opportunities to learn new skills including regular demonstrations by members of the Welsh Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and hands-on activities in the interactive area. It is part of what makes Wonderwool Wales a much-anticipated date in the calendar.
Opening hours: Saturday 10am – 5.30pm & Sunday 10am – 4.30pm. Tickets cost £10.00 for adults, children under 16 free. On-line booking is available, postage costs apply.