Wonderwool Wales was wonderful!
In the rural setting of the atmospheric Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, three enormous halls (hangars?) housed an inspiring collection of talented exhibitors from Wales and beyond, covering all aspects of Felting, Knitting, Weaving, Spinning, Crochet and Textile Art. So many things to see, and so many ideas to take away.
There were fabulous raw materials, equipment, books and finished products on sale (yes, I bought a few things – I’ll share them with you another time!) There were also product and fashion demonstrations, and a selection of animals on display including sheep, alpacas and angora rabbits. Refreshment stands and seating areas were also popular!
A number of workshops were also available to book in advance, and I was excited to secure a place on Jenny Barnett’s Felted Fish workshop. Jenny provided a kit containing a selection of items to get us started on our felting adventure, and generously shared her tips and suggestions with us, as we got to grips with techniques and possibilities. Our concentration was so intense that I didn’t even start the chocolate snack that Jenny thoughtfully included in our bags!
The results were amazing, and everyone produced a lovely brooch to take home – all so different and unique. I would definitely recommend Jenny’s workshops if you have an opportunity to attend.
Want to see my fish brooch? The pound coin is to give a sense of scale (no fish pun intended!) …
Thank you Jenny 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, and it made an excellent show truly wonderful!
How about you? Have you attended any craft-related shows or workshops recently? I’d love to hear about them!
Ooh, first Knit British chatting about the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and now you enthusing about Wonderwool Wales… I’m quite green!! Sadly, this type of event is few and far between here, though we did find one small one last October in Zug and if the last couple of Knit-in-Public Days went well perhaps there’ll be another one in May (I think it’s May). I see I will have to travel a little further if I want to experience one of the bigger shows! And save madly… 😉
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Maybe we could meet up at Yarndale or Woolfest for a long weekend? It would take some planning (and saving for!) for both of us, but it’d be fab! 🙂