Wonderwool Wales This Weekend

See the fabulous community knitting project Above and Below the Waves at Wonderwool Wales. Photo: Alison Murray.

See the fabulous community knitting project Above and Below the Waves at Wonderwool Wales. Photo: Alison Murray.

In just a few short days, crowds of our fiber fellows in Britain and beyond will make their way to Builth Wells in Mid Wales for an exciting annual event. Wonderwool Wales was established in 2006 with the help of a grant from the European Union for the purpose of promoting Welsh fiber production and fiber arts. The event was a success, continuing to evolve and grow over the years. Now in its eleventh year, over five thousand visitors are expected to gather at the Royal Welsh Showgrounds over the weekend.

Visitors to the 2016 event on April 23 and 24 will have many great classes available and a burgeoning vendor hall with over two hundred exhibitors. For those of us just too far away to join the fun, check out this video of the 2014 Wonderwool Wales. It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s fiber adventures!

The Ryeland Flock Book Society will be exhibiting at Wonderwool Wales. Photo: J. Donovan.

The Ryeland Flock Book Society will be exhibiting at Wonderwool Wales. Photo: J. Donovan.

A few woolschool highlights:

Selecting Fleeces for Processing with Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns.
“Sue will talk about choosing appropriate quality and type of fleece for the wide range of possible end uses. This will include hands-on review of samples brought by participants and of a selection of different fleeces brought by Sue.”

Learning to Spin on a Drop Spindle with Mair, Marianne, and Jo of the Gwent Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers (South Wales).
“Mair, Marianne, and Jo will demonstrate and explain how drop spindles produce spun yarn. Then the three tutors will give everyone considerable practical help and encouragement to learn the techniques themselves. Everyone will leave with the knowledge of how to spin, which they can then practice at their leisure.”

Jenny Barnett will lead a Woolschool showing how to make a needle felt fish brooch. Photo: Jenny Barnett.

Jenny Barnett will lead a woolschool showing how to make a needle felt fish brooch. Photo: Jenny Barnett.

Visit the Wonderwool Wales website for directions, schedules, tickets, or other details.

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