Enjoy the Highland Wool Festival this weekend

Enjoy the Highland Wool Festival this weekend

An exciting new crafty event is taking place this weekend and could be the ideal day out for people who are in the Scottish Highlands - or who are willing to travel there.

The first ever Highland Wool Festival will be held at Dingwall's Mart venue on Saturday (May 24th) from 09:30 until 16:30 BST and it promises to bring together all kinds of craftspeople from the fields of wool and textiles.

Exhibitors will be showcasing beautiful tweeds, haberdashery, yarns and finished products for visitors to buy, as well as offering plenty of hints and tips.

Among those displaying their wares will be the Wool Growers Association, with members also giving talks about fleece selection and how your wool makes it from the sheep to your knitting cupboard.

Demonstrations will be running throughout the day and a fashion show is scheduled for the lunch hour, when models will strut their stuff wearing items made by local crafters.

You can learn new techniques at the many workshops on offer - and you might want to get your Simon Cowell hat on to help judge a knitting competition that will award prizes to the winners.

Anyone interested in the make do and mend spirit as opposed to today's penchant for fast fashion should also head to textile designer Angharad McLaren's space, as she will be demonstrating darning and inviting people to help her create contemporary darning samplers that could give a new lease of life to old clothes.

Entry to the festival costs £6 for the day or £3 for concessions and Highland Hospice, Myeloma UK, The Salvation Army, Alzheimer's Scotland, Unicef, Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and Munlochy Animal Aid will all benefit from the proceeds.

The organisers note that Dingwall is easy to get to by road, bus and train, so this could be the perfect bank holiday day out.

And if you can't make it to the Highlands, you can always stock up on colourful yarn from our website and enjoy a long weekend of knitting anyway!

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