Cumbria's Woolfestwelcoming spinners from far and wide
|Woolfest also hosts a Spin/Knit In on Friday night, so bring your wheel! Photos courtesy of Woolfest.|
|Vistiors from Japan found lovely fleeces during Woolfest 2013.|
|Many breeds, both common and rare, will be represented at Woolfest, including Rough Fell pictured here.|
The wonderful weekend that is Woolfest begins today. Fiber folks from around Britain and elsewhere in the world are headed to Cumbria in northwest England for a fun weekend of workshops, demonstrations, and serious stash enhancement.
Before the wool auction on Saturday, Peter Titley from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust will offer a presentation on sheep breeds. Mr. Titley is a longtime member and former president of RBST, the United Kingdom's organization for the conservation and protection of rare breed livestock. He has kept a number of rare sheep breeds on his small farm in Staffordshire but has a particular interest in the preservation of North Ronaldsay sheep. Click here to see a video of Mr. Titley discussing RBST, the purpose of rare breed conservation, and the challenges of this important work.
A wool auction will be held on Saturday in the main arena. Handspinner and Spin-Off contributor Sarah Wroot has helped to create several leaflets for wool producers to better prepare and market fleeces to handspinners. Produced with assistance from Woolfest and the Wool Clip, the goal of these free publications is "to encourage and improve links between UK wool producers and handspinners." You can see them here, along with information for handspinners on washing those beautiful fleeces once purchased.
Woolfest is open Friday, June 27 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Cockermouth, Cumbria. More information can be found on the Woolfest Facebook page.