June 24th I visited Cumbrian Wool Gathering just south of Kendal. I had a fantastic morning/through lunchtime and obviously spent too much! 😄 well maybe not, the lovely wool will get used in the kits and projects coming up.
Adelaide Walker (it was lovely to meet Simon and Angela) they had plenty to offer and I did make a bee line to stock up on their lovely wools, also a new one for me was Hill Radnor which I believe is a welsh mountain sheep a rare breed so I am keen to see how it felts, it is a top so a lovely feel to the wool. They were also able to provide me with my Southdown top, Swaledale and some colours I needed.
I also visited Threshing Barn's stand, they have some beautiful blends and I topped up on some humbug -the colours do remind you of the humbug sweets, along with some Corridale roving, and shades of green.
I also met Trish and her daughter at Artisan (formerly Norwegian wool) who had many samples which were useful when searching for a particular colour, they were kept very busy when as I popped by.
I also met the lady who has Ullswater Felt Art and could not resist her new addition of coasters, there were Herdwick and Red squirrel designs, these were her own art on the coasters and are fab, I'm very happy with this purchase!
Other stands I purchased from were Coastal colours, wonderful blends and Velvet Sixpence, also blends for top coats.
I didn't get any photos as I was too busy taking in all the fibres and wonderful items on display. When I was outside with my new wool stash I sat for a while and enjoyed the sunshine, I got talking to a lovely couple up from Manchester who had also enjoyed their day and were packing their car boot with fleece (that was my one disappointment, I didn't find a Herdwick fleece) the lady said it was a much better event than the one held near them as you could browse easily and plenty to see with many choices, I hadn't much to compare with as the last one I went to was Woolfest which is sadly no longer running.
So, the next one will be Yarndale, in Skipton, very excited about this one in September, if you are going then you may need to pre book a arrival time. I'm sure there will be plenty more fibres needed by September.
Happy felting !
Hi Again !
Just a brief update as we head into the Summer, I expect that you are all enjoying the warm weather which seems to have been a long time coming this year . It has been quite dry and pleasant where we live, but a cool Easterly breeze has often kept the temperature quite low , which is nice when out walking or busying in the garden . and we have had a couple of nice walks up the local fells recently the last one was Dale Head which we ascended from the Honister Pass .
On to the workshops, we have recently completed two at Quirky Workshops in May , the Herdwick doorstop , and hares , thank you to all who attended , it was lovely to see everyone for another couple of enjoyable days . This week there are two more , Herdwick on the 15th of June , and the ever popular hares again on the 17th . I look forward to seeing you if you are attending .
We have also added a new picture kit to the range available on the Etsy shop , it's a while since we did so , and Richard came up with the Barley Field , ( no doubt inspired by the current Summer sunshine ) .Just click the picture at the bottom for more information .
Unless I have something to report , I'll be back with a newsletter as we enter the season of Autumn as another year rolls on , so enjoy the Summer , and have fun being creative !
Bye for now !