Woolscape Project at St Abbs

Woolscape Project workshops which took place at The St. Abbs Visitor Centre throughout this summer
Woolscape Project workshops which took place at The St. Abbs Visitor Centre throughout this summer

It’s time for the autumn St Abbs Wool Festival again on Saturday, October 25, so plan a day out to the beautiful Berwickshire coast.

There’re plenty of interesting seaside distractions for any accompanying family, leaving wool enthusiasts to feast at this fabulous little festival.

This autumn’s Wool Festival features the culmination of a summer of workshops at the St Abbs Visitor Centre that have created the Woolscape Project - a woolly recreation of the coastal wildlife around St Abbs Head - there’s fish, plants, birds and mammals - all knitted, crocheted or felted in the heart of this lovely coastline that forms the Nature Reserve and Voluntary Marine Reserve.

The collected works will be displayed in and around St Abbs at the Festival. Take a look at some examples on display and pick up a pattern or two to knit or crochet some starfish, jelly fish, corals, limpets, or cockles, a little seaweed - maybe felt a fish or two! It is hoped to have some patterns to make some birds - puffins perhaps, or how about a kittiwake? There will also be a whale!

There’s also a Fleece Sale with quality raw fleeces from a variety of rare or unusual breeds of sheep and The British Wool Marketing Board will be on hand to tell you all about the finer points of wool gathering, assessing and grading.

The festival’s market is shared between the Ebba Centre and the Visitor Centre where regional professional craftspeople including spinners, dyers, weavers, felters, knitters and crocheters are offering fibres, yarns, handmade garments, furnishings and accessories and all the paraphernalia that belongs to wool crafting.

Jennie Howes said: “Our special guest this year is the British Wool Marketing Board, who are coming to talk about the importance of wool in the British Isles, come and have a chat with David Swinton and if you are interested enough, you can arrange to go for a tour of the sorting depot in Galashiels to see what happens to all of those fleeces.”

Find the full list of exhibitors on the website. Included in the small admission contribution of £2 (under 16s free) is entry in a free raffle.