We are really excited to be taking part in a new event for us called Wool On The Wall at Greenhead on Sunday the 10th July from 10 am until 4 pm.
This biannual event is run by a a group of volunteers who are passionate about British sheep and their wool and have come together to organise wool on the wall at the Hadrian's Wall Farmers' Market at Greenhead. The organisers all live and work in landscape of Hadrian's Wall and describe themselves as having a wide range of backgrounds and interests which include sheep farming, spinning, weaving, dyeing, felt making, knitting and all things textile! They are also all committed to trying to buy local, recycle and use environmentally friendly technologies as much as possible.
Stall holders include -
Ellie Langley - a felt maker who will have a variety of her hand made products for sale.
The Knitting Gift Shop will be selling their range of wool made with fleece which they buy from farms throughout the north of England and then have spun in Yorkshire. They also have knitting related gifts all produced by themselves or made for them by local County Durham companies.
Eden Gotland Sheep - selling raw Gotland fleece and carded Gotland wool.
Liz Reed - a designer and maker who makes delightful little people from driftwood and clothes them in knitted garments made from British sheep's wool.
Natural Born Dyers - a small indie-dying business offering high quality yarns and fibres dyed with natural dyes which they extract from plants that they grow themselves, harvest locally from sustainable sources or purchase in dried form from UK suppliers.
Julie Owens selling her handspun wool.
Jennie Howes of skybluepinkdesigns will be selling her hand spun and dyed yarns that come from British sheep along with her own patterns, hand knitted garments and knitting kits.
Magali Pettier - director and film maker of 'Addicted to Sheep' to this year's event. Meet her life sized needlefelted Swaledale sheep. You will also be able to buy DVDs of the film, minature versions of needlefelted Swaledale sheep and lambs and other 'Addicted to Sheep' merchandise.
Tarset Shetlands (trading as Deneburn Meadows) will be bringing fleeces, yarn, carded wool and handmade items from their Shetland Sheep grazing at Wark and Tarset.
Janet Matthews of Hole House Farm Wensleydales will be seling Wensleydale and Wensleydale blend slivers for spinning and felting, together with dyed locks and batts. Janet will also have some black Blue Faced Leicester fleeces for sale along with some interesting crosses!
Sue Gill a small, indie dyer using UK wool for her fibre and yarns.
Lizzie Ross will be selling yarn and knitted items made from her Alpaca flock (Stony Pasture) just north of Hexham.
There will also be demonstrations from The Tour of British Fleece and Spinning and Weaving interactive demonstrations with the Gilsland Fibre Friday Group and their friends. There will also be sheep from Moss Peteral Farm, Greenhead.
We do hope you will join us to learn about all the things you can do with local Northumberland wool and, of course, buy locally grown food and crafts from the Farmers' Market.
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.