Early on Saturday morning, I had a Facebook message from fellow-blogger Dawn of Doing It For Ourselves in Wales blog. She had just noticed that Narberth was hosting Woolfest that day, and was I interested in going? Well, show the dog the rabbit - of course I was. We had a wonderful time and I had to hide my purse for fear of spending all my Malvern money on wool!!!
The INCREDIBLE deer head above was worked purely from wool, by needle-felting (I am going to clear out my craft corner-cupboard today to find my felting needles). I don't doubt this took days and days to make but WOW! Rustic revolution have a website where you can see more of their work in the gallery, and I noticed they also do courses. Oh my, I would LOVE to go on one.
An overview of their stand - unfortunately I forgot to press the flash, but you will get the general idea from the individual photos below.
What a brilliant idea - a lovely knotty piece of wood with a barn owl peeping out. I'd love to have a go at something like this.
Woody Woodpecker. We have one who visits our nut nets in the winter.
I love the use of these lovely old bits of wood to showcase the needlefelting. This green man is beautifully showcased.
Next door, some colourful flowers, lovely clothing , bags etc.
Then some needle-felted animals and birds and a chance to buy kits to make your own.
Rag-rugging - here is a lovely one with Pentre Ifan burial chamber on it. I can do that, I told myself!
Above and below, a Great Wheel. It was good to see a young man using it, and he knew his stuff.
Needle felting seemed to be the theme throughout the exhibition, and in all sorts of different techniques. Here are some amazingly colourful needle felt pictures in a style which reminded me of the paintings of Eric Kincaid.
Below: BIG knitting. Not for me, but I can imagine it knits up incredibly quickly.
A selection of lovely Paisley pattern materials.
A wet-felted handbag. Isn't it gorgeous?
A selection of more felted bags and some lovely scarves. Note the little dogs!
Colombian knitters and spinners. There were some hanks of naturally-dyed wool which interested me and I was tempted but managed to resist temptation. . .
These woven scarves were SO soft and warm. The ones on the right were coloured with natural dyes.
A chance to win some lovely things in the tombola. Dawn won a ceramic bowl which held your wool and needles, I "won" a toffee!
I bought myself some coloured tops for wet felting, a large bar of olive soap (ditto), a yarn gauge in the shape of an Alpaca in light wood, and a Lucet, which I have been playing with. It is based on an Anglo-Saxon tool for making cord. Now I've got the tension right, it is simple to use.
Malvern post tomorrow. I am still recovering from a busy and very enjoyable weekend! Thanks to Dawn for letting me know this was on!