Tickets for Festiwool Workshops 2017,

Saturday, November 11th



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Entrance to Festiwool at a reduced price of £4


Workshop 1:  SpinSpired - Beginners' Weaving.

Location: Dance Studio

Time: 10.30 - 12.30

Tapestry Workshop

Many of us have seen the huge and complex woven tapestries hanging in stately home and castles. Why not have a go at learning this traditional skill on a much smaller scale and with a more modern twist?

Using a small tapestry frame and a wide variety of interesting yarns and threads, Anna from Spinspired will teach you the basic techniques to create your own unique woven textile piece. Participants will be able to purchase a frame for a discounted price if they wish.


Workshop 2: Jen Best (Beaker Buttons) - Dorset Buttons

Location: Conference Room

Time: 10.30 - 12.30 

         Dorset button posy brooches

         Dorset button posy brooches

Dorset button posy brooch workshop. These beautiful little button brooches were popular in the 1940's and are delightful to make today. They also make really fancy buttons for clothing and other craft projects. Workshop includes materials and lasts about 1.5 - 2 hours. Taught by Jen Best, author of four Dorset button books and with countless button making hours under her belt.



Workshop 3: Cancelled

Workshop 4: Spin Inspired - Drop Spindle Spinning


Location: Dance Studio

Time: 13.00 - 15.00 


Using a drop spindle is a great introduction to spinning your own yarn. Anna from Spinspired will show you how to spin fibre into yarn using a small, portable drop spindle - you can take it anywhere with you! Come and do an hour's introductory class and stay for longer if you are smitten. The drop spindle you use for the class is yours to keep.


Workshop 5: Monica (The Knit Knacks) Fair Isle

Location: Conference Room

Time: Starts at 13.00

Do you love knitting and want to face new challenges?

Learn how to create Fair Isle patterns;

Change colours without having large loops at the back of your work
Design your own simple patterns
Use Fair Isle to work as a border for garments and accessories
Use colour to create patterns effectively

There will be an opportunity to buy patterns, kits, yarn and books on the day

Workshop 6: Kaye McGown (The Studio at Number 30) Machine Sewing


Location: A1

Time AM: Starts at 10.30

Time PM: Starts at 13.00 

Make an Orla Keily Washbag


Get to grips with a sewing machine!, this session will be full of tips and tricks including how to pop in a zip in a super simple way, to make a gorgeous box wash bag.

SKILL LEVEL: Prior experience using a sewing machine would be an advantage but is not strictly essential.

Workshop 7: The Green Room - Meet the Bloggers, Sandra, Ali, and Sam

Location: The Green Room

Time: 1-5pm

Join us  in the Green Room ( podcast and blogger meet up area ) Meet and Greet session from 3pm to 5pm. 

Share your festival goodies and show us your Festiwool bags. Enter your bag into the Bag-Along Competition.

Podcasters and Bloggers: Arrange to meet up with your crafting buddies here.

Workshop 8: Jaqui (The Spotted Sheep) Crochet a snowflake.


Time: 10:30 - 12:30

There will be two different snowflake patterns, one a granny snowflake and another more intricate snowflake design.

                      Crochet a snowflake

                      Crochet a snowflake

Snowflakes are quick and fun to make and versatile. They are great for tree decorations. String them together to make bunting, make Christmas card toppers with them, or a gift tag that can then go on the tree. They are lovely as seasonal coasters and if you make a selection, they look lovely sewn together and placed in the dining table as a festive table runner. 

Jaqui will be bringing sparkly snowkissed yarns for the snowflakes, in white, Christmas red and Christmas green. 

Workshop 9:  British Fibre Art Magazine,  The Craft Business


Time: Starts at 13.00 

Join Rainy Williamson, the editor of British Fibre Art Magazine, for an informal presentation and discussion about selling your handmade fibre creations. What selling platforms are available to you, the importance of marketing, and why a Unique Selling Point is crucial to making yourself visible amongst a sea of other crafters. 

Anticipated duration - 1 hour

A talk on the business of selling hand made items.