Knitters, crochéters, felters, weavers, spinners – in fact, anyone with a passion for crafting things out of wool and yarn can pick up great new skills at this year’s Wool @ J13 festival, courtesy of a host of fabulous workshops.
With no less than 27 artist-led workshops planned for the festival on 12th and 13th May at Lower Drayton Farm near Penkridge, Staffordshire there is literally something for everyone – as co-organiser, Staffordshire wool artist, Ingrid Wagner, explains:
“Our workshops last year were a huge success and for our second year we were determined to build on this and offer even more choice. For 2018 we really do have a cornucopia of topics; with courses suitable for complete beginners teaching how to get started with knitting or crocheting right through to advanced techniques that will see accomplished crafters create something totally unique during their session whilst honing new skills.”
Workshop topics this year include felting a mini guinea pig from a piece of knitting, creating crochet shawls with beads, adventures with the big boy of broomstick crochet, learning how to darn (a forgotten skill), making your own knitting & crochet accessories, Dorset button making, drop-spindle & dizzy sheep spinning, Go Big or Go Home arm knitting with giant yarn, in a whirl with mandalas & how to crochet them, lace shawl knitting & reading patterns, left-handed crochet (because the world is not solely right handed), beginners’ guides to both knitting and crochet, needle, Nuno and wet felting animal pics & a flower garden, pegloom weaving, hearing all about how to shear an Angora rabbit, tackling tapestry & tunisian crochet, and creating a flower brooch using weaving sticks. So genuinely something for everyone – but with advance booking essential to avoid disappointment!
Workshops cost from £10.00 per hour including materials, on top of show entry, with advance booking essential to avoid disappointment. Full details of all workshops alongside options to book places on them and also buy show entry tickets can be found at www.wool-j13.uk