Sheep Tales will be taking over Hindmarsh Hall in the beautiful seaside village of Alnmouth on September 7th from 10 am till 4 pm. As usual we'll have lots of woolly goodies for sale and craft demonstrations upstairs. The Sheep Tales shepherding heritage exhibition and refreshments will be available downstairs throughout the day. This is always a very popular event, we hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you.
This year the following people are taking part:-
In 2019 Mavis Clark will be running 11 knitting tutorials each with a different theme. The tutorials are once a month from January to November in Wooler at a venue to be announced. The tutorials are for anyone from absolute beginners to advanced knitters and the subjects range from children's socks to Christmas decorations. Mavis is also happy to help with any project that you need assistance with.
Mavis has over 30 years experience as a professional Shetland lace knitter and specialises in cobweb Shetland Lace and Fair Isle knitting. She also designs and knits Ganseys, traditional fisherman's sweaters.
You are free to attend one, several or all of the tutorials. Yarn is provided, please bring your own needles. Cost is £35 per class including wool for the project or £100 if booking for the whole year, plus cost of wool pack per class. Numbers are limited so advanced booking is essential. To book contact Mavis Clark on 01668 281884 or .email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutorials run from 10am until 3.30pm.
See below for full schedule of tutorials.
Mavis Clark is running a series of traditional knitting workshops to help knitters grow their skills and she would love to help you sort out your knitting tangles.
Mavis is a member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild and has 27 years experience as a tutor. Mavis specialises in cobweb Shetland Lace and Fair Isle knitting. She also designs and knits Ganseys, traditional fisherman's sweaters.
Mavis will support you with your own knitting projects at her monthly one day workshops and you are free to attend one or several of the workshops. You will be required to bring your own materials and tools. Workshops will be held on the last Saturday of the month (except May & December) at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler and cost £20 per person. Numbers are limited so advanced booking is essential. To book visit our WORKSHOP page or contact Mavis Clark on 01668 281884.
Next workshop on Saturday 31st March 10 am – 3.30 pm
Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place. Wooler NE71 6BL
We are really chuffed as there's a brilliant article about Sheep Tales in this month's The Knitter magazine.
Several of our Sheep Tales woolly artisans and makers are also featured in the article including Mavis Clark traditional knitter specialising in cobweb Shetland lace, Ganseys & Fair Isle knitting, Jennie Howes of Skybluepink Designs, Jon Booker or Natural Born Dyers and Alice Elsworth of Whistlebare. You can find out more about them and all of our 21 member artisans on our Makers page.
The Knitter is described as being "the premier magazine for confident knitters who are looking for beautiful, original patterns from the world’s best designers. Each issue of this collectable magazine has more than 12 gorgeous, inspiring patterns which are aimed at expert knitters and those looking to stretch and improve their skills. The designs are supplemented by informative, in-depth articles from experts around the globe and advice on new yarns and products that are available to enhance their knitting hobby. Every month, The Knitter also delivers expert, in-depth Masterclass features which are aimed at learning new techniques and help readers to become more confident, proficient knitters. With its focus on high-quality designs and best-in-class photography, The Knitter is a hugely respected magazine within the knitting community and a must-read for all confident and creative knitters." (http://www.theyarnloop.com/the-knitter)
We're very excited as one of our talented Sheep Tales makers has been featured in this months edition of British Fibre Art magazine. Sue's often very witty needle felted work is just amazing! www.britishfibreartmagazine.org.uk
Sue describes herself as ‘a lifelong compulsive crafter and has always dabbled in creative activities. She has what she calls ‘itchy fingers’ syndrome and likes to try all sorts of crafts. She first started needle felting in 2014 and she’s been hooked ever since. Sue saw some examples of needle felting on the internet and after watching a few tutorials, sent off for a starter kit and that was it, she was a woman obsessed!
Needle felting is a technique where special (and very sharp) barbed needle are repeatedly stabbed through wool fibres and the barbs on the sides of the needle gradually tangle and felt the woolly fibres together to form felt. The technique can be used to create 2D and 3D objects. Sue says “It’s a little like welding, embroidery and clay sculpture combined.”
After finishing her starter kit, Sue decided the best way to learn was to create a variety of felted pictures and sculptures, working her way through the alphabet for inspiration. However, Sue has a cracking sense of humour and she loves a pun so she didn’t just make cute animals, she also tackled dinosaurs, fruit, musical instruments and a Volkswagen beetle. Since then she has made over 200 pieces, including old master portrait figures, scenes and food..
Sue has also recently started to compile and sell downloadable needle felting instructions/tutorials for various items - contact Sue for details..
Sue's details and a gallery of Sue’s work can be seen on on her Sheep Tales maker page.
Mavis Clark will be running a series of advanced knitting workshops throughout 2018 on the last Saturday of the month (except December). These workshops are designed to help experienced knitters who wish to learn the advanced knitting skills of Shetland cobweb lace, 2-ply lace, Fair Isle, Ganseys (traditional fisherman’s sweaters) and other forms of traditional knitting.
Mavis is a member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild and has 27 years experience as a tutor. Mavis will guide you through your own projects at these monthly one day workshops and you are free to attend one, several, or all of the workshops. You will be required to bring your own materials and tools. All workshops will be held at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler and cost £20 per person for 1 workshop or £100 for all 11 workshops.
First workshop on Saturday 27th January 10 am – 3.30 pm
Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place. Wooler NE71 6BL
Numbers will be limited so advanced booking is essential. To book visit our WORKSHOP page and find out more contact Mavis Clark on 01668 281884.
Four of our Sheep Tales makers will be running workshops at the Autumn St Abbs Wool Festival at the Eyemouth Community Centre (see map below) on Saturday 4th November. The workshops at this event are always really popular and the limited places get booked up very quickly. There are 15 Sheep Tales woolly artisans and makers taking part in this event, to see details and the full list visit our events page by clicking HERE.
The following Sheep Tales woolly makers and artisans will be selling their wares and demonstrating their crafts in the Countryside Tent at the Glendale Show on August Bank Holiday Monday 28th from 9am. Please come and say hello.
Ewetree Craft - Sue Shaw's amazing needle felted wool scuptures
Fine Fettle Fibres - local wool shop specialising in British natural fibres
Skybluepink Designs - Jennie Howe's handspun yarns & lots of knitting & crochet goodies
Helen Cowans Arts - textile art, cards, cushions and more
Bright Seed Textiles - Jane Jackson's Harris Tweed art, prints & cards
Mavis Clark - Shetland lace and hand knitted items
Biteabout Arts - Anna Turnbull's hand felted vessels, bags, pictures and wearable items
North Northumberland Spinners - spinning demonstrations
Jane Jackson - rag rugging demonstration
The Sheep Tales Shepherding Heritage exhibition will also be on display along with the Sheep Tales Educational Kist, which is available for loan to local schools.
Glendale Showfield (off A697 just south of Wooler)