This is a photo of "Blossom" a new picture I have created specially for Woolfest. Blossom is a much loved member of the Whistlebare herd of Angora goats owned by Alice Elsworth at her farm of the same name in North Northumberland. Read more about Whistlebare below.
"Blossom" is so new that I haven't even had her scanned for printing yet, hence just a photo for now. Unfortunately there definitely isn't going to be time to get some cards produced in time for Woolfest next week, but I will have some £12 & £25 prints by then. If you want to see more of my print & card images click here.
Woolfest is a celebration of natural fibres and of all things wool, The aim is to celebrate all aspects of wool - from hill farming and rare breed fleece animals to the latest craft techniques and creations. Visitors and stallholders come from across the world, many of them every year, to meet and catch up with friends and to share ideas and inspirations and sell their work.
Woolfest 2016 | Friday 24th (10am - 6pm) & Saturday 25th June 2016 (10am - 5pm)
Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre,
CA13 0QQ Cockermouth
Alice Elsworth produces a lovely range of soft, lustrous and natural knitting & crochet yarns from her Wensleydale Sheep and Angora Goats, which she will be selling at Woolfest. All Alice's wool is spun in Yorkshire and then hand dyed in an array of brilliant colours back at Whistlebare Farm. Here is an extract from Alice's About Us page on her website www.whistlebare.co.uk.
"On our small family farm in North Northumberland we keep pedigree flocks of Angora Goats, for their fine mohair fleece and Wensleydale Sheep for their high lustre longwool. Every attention is paid to our animals' care from planting mixed swords of grass and herbs, keeping their hooves neatly trimmed, patrolling 'maternity' through the night at kidding / lambing time and housing them in thick straw beds through the cold winter months. Any feed that is required in addition to that grown on the farm is sourced from our local mill. Here at Whistlebare producing yarn is entirely a family affair. Every stage of the process is in our hands from selecting the livestock to labelling the last skein of yarn. When you buy natural yarn from Whistlebare you know that it has been produced with the utmost care; both for its quality and beauty, and its concern for animal welfare and environmental impact."
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.