Back now from staying just outside Brecon... stunning, totally stunning is all you can say about the Beacons.
We decided to wrap a few days away around a visit to Wonderwool. The show itself I found a little disappointing and I think I will wait for it to develop more before I visit it again. I was hoping to find stalls and exhibitors there using wool not only in the 'normal' way ( knitting, crochet, felting& weaving etc ) but in innovate ways. I know there are, for example, small businesses in Wales using fleece as duvet fillings etc. It was, essentially a selling show, stall on stall of hand dyed sock yarn! It was nice to see some of the smaller guilds attending, in particular the Longdraw spinning guild, had a go... great fun.... I am still resisting the offer of 2 free spinning wheels... another obsession in the making I think.
This was the IDC stand, the college is in Worcestershire and offers course on Fashion Design, Theatre Costumes and Hand Knitting and Felting etc. their display was from the C&G level 1 Felting course. The standard of the design work was very high and the finished objects showed unique fabric formations and textures. This college is just starting the C&G Hand Knittng course which will be run fortnightly throughout the coming educational year.
The photo on the right is one of the winning entries of the Wonder of Wool competition. It was entitled Forever Blowing Bubbles and was a beautifully rendered 'felt painting', sadly I did not write down the name of the creator on the day and there is no information in the show guide about the competition and its entrants.
I did, however take some great photos of the stock sheds(I seem to be in an 'building phase!)... here are a couple.
Blogger seems to have a mind of it's own on placement of pictures today... sorry if they are a little haphazard.