Guilds volunteer in the Skills Zone at Woolfest in Cumbria, England.

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Members of the Eden Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, The Lancs and Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, The Guild of Long Draw Spinners, and The Online Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers will participate in the Skills Zone at Woolfest on June 22 and 23, 2012. They will be among the fourteen scheduled demonstrators at the festival, which is held in Cockermouth, Cumbria, in the north of England each year. The late Carolyn Rawlinson is credited with the initial vision of a Maryland Sheep and Wool-type textile show held in one of England's most beautiful counties. Carolyn and her fellow artisans at The Wool Clip, an arts cooperative of fifteen local wool workers, sought to "celebrate all aspects of wool-from hill farming and rare breed fleece animals to the latest craft techniques and creations." Almost ten years later, Woolfest is still organized by The Wool Clip with the help of over one hundred volunteers, many of whom are from guilds around the UK. In addition to crafts demonstrators, sheep breeders will display a wide range of fascinating sheep breeds including Hebridean, Ryeland, Coloured Ryeland, Jacob, Herdwick, Wensleydale, Teeswater, Shetland, Gotland, North Ronaldsay, and Manx Loaghtan.

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Eden Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers.

Photos courtesy of Sally Seed. 

An international group of fleece buyers: Barbro (Finland), Madin (Finland), Christina (Germany) and Sarah-Jane (USA living in London.)
The Woolfest Spin-in.
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