Arts & Craft Demonstrations
As the key theme of the event is wool, the festival aims to illustrate the qualities and versatility of this natural product through demonstrations and exhibitions.
You will be able to watch the spinners work wonders with wool as the felter and the hooker transform this wonderful fibre into a work of art before your eyes. The festival is also featuring the work of very talented wool and related textile artists that can be found within the Dales and surrounding areas.
In order to illustrate the diversity of wool, don't miss the display in the Exhibition Hall called '101 Things That You Can Do With Wool'. This is the work of the young children who attend Upper Wharfedale Primary School. You will also find the talented work of the very local Buckden Art Group on display in the Hall. Not only are we showcasing the wonders of wool but also we are providing local people with opportunity to share their work with others.
Yvonne Le Mare
Yvonne creates individual handcrafted pieces of textile art by various wet felting techniques using wool, silk, and plant fibres. Items include beautiful lightweight Nuno felted scarves and stoles, garments, gossamer scarves, brooches, book covers, handbags, vases and vessels, as well as landscapes, and abstract wall art.
She just loves making felt, delighting in both the process and the materials - it is an immensely exciting adventure, giving a creative freedom to use an infinite combination of shape, pattern, colour and texture.
Carole Rennison/Hooked by Design
Rug hooking, a popular 19th century craft in Britain and America has caught the imagination of people today and is experiencing an exciting revival. Hooking is as easy to master as cross-stitch, embroidery, tapestry or any other sewing related craft. The technique is simple: just pull loops of yarn throught the hessian weave and create beautiful rugs, cushions or pictures in next to no time.
Spinning and Weaving
Craven Guild of Spinners and Weavers
The aim of the Craven Guild of Spinners and Weavers is to promote interest and achievement in these crafts. Craven are a friendly group which meet monthly in Skipton and we have around 40 members with a range of skills and abilities. We have spinners who use wheels and spindles, weavers using weavettes, rigid heddle looms and looms with four and eight shafts. Some of our members dye using modern chemical dyes and others use natural plant materials. We also have equipment to dye with indigo. We regularly have workshops and practical sessions to improve our skills and learn new techniques with visiting speakers and experts.
Alastair is one of the few traditional Coopers in the country, who practice the art of making wooden barrels. He will be strategically placed at the side of the beer tent. You will be able to watch a real artist at work whilst supping and savouring that real taste of Yorkshire.