St Abbs wool Festival returns this month with a celebration of all things fleecy on Saturday October 25.
New to this year’s event is Eta Ingham Lawrie, who will be showing off lots of woolly wonders, from wall hangings to knitwear and dolls. Eta won best in show at Woolfest Cumbria in 2012.
Also new to the event is Meg Gibson who makes beautiful cushions and corsages in Harris Tweed and knitted accessories using luxury yarns.
Special guest of the festival this year is the British Wool Marketing Board, represented by David Swinton who will talk about the importance of wool in the British Isles. If you are interested, you can arrange to go for a tour of the sorting depot in Galashiels to see what happens to all of those fleeces.
Rod from Innerleithen Spinningwheels is returning to St Abbs where he will be showing off his hand made spinning wheels and helping the public spin their own.
Eve Studd from Cornhill Crafts will also exhibit. She said: “I work mostly with natural dyes on wool, inspired by the colours and textures of the Borders.”
Alice Elsworth from Whistlebare will share her soft, lustrous knitting and crochet yarns. Alice will also be bringing Angora goats and maybe the Wensleydale sheep as they were such a hit with visitors at the spring St Abbs Wool Festival.
Margie Robinson from Moondance Wool in Coldingham is going to send along Shetland fleeces from her own flock, together with some of her super soft natural coloured Shetland yarns which she has had spun.
Jon and Clare from Natural Born Dyers will also be attending.
“We are a small indie dyeing company set up in 2010 to offer high quality yarns and fibres dyed with natural dyes,” he said. “We aim to offer a more environmentally-friendly alternative to chemically dyed yarn and fibre.”
There will also be yarn available for keen members of the public to try knitting woollen models of the St Abbs wildlife.
The festival will be held in the Ebba Centre and St Abbs Visitor Centre, between 10am and 4pm. Admission by a contribution of £2, with under 16s free.