Northumberland prepares for acclaimed yarn exhibition

Hellen van Rees designs dresses from leftover yarn (thinkstock)

A highly-acclaimed yarn exhibition is heading to Northumberland this month, bringing together a range of crafts and information about the history of wool.

Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns will be visiting Alnmouth in the last weekend of November, providing a visual and oral record of the history of sheep and shepherding throughout the local area.

The Northumberland Gazette reports that it will use photographs, stories, music, traditional craft skill displays, local archive material and anecdotes to weave together a rich tale of regional wool.

Visitors can wander through the in-depth display taking in the information all around them before viewing a variety of top notch demonstrations from spinners, knitters, weavers, felters, dyers, rug makers and textile artists.

Following all this, people can ask questions to the experts and learn more about new skills which they perhaps may never have tried themselves.

This includes more unusual ways of working with wool, such as traditional felting or spinning, which many modern knitters overlook.

Felting in particular can be a great skill to learn in time for Christmas, especially if you have aspirations of making presents such as bags or purses.

There's plenty to appreciate at the event, with woolly items for sale from talented textile artists such as Jane Jackson, who recently won a poster competition for the Alnmouth Arts Festival.

Ms Jackson will be showcasing her brightly coloured wall hangings, which are made from a range of tweeds and Welsh wools and primarily use the ancient technique of hooking.

She describes her designs as being inspired by vintage textiles, the land and the seascapes of Northumberland, using vivid shades and traditional construction methods.

The display will be part of the Wool Fair and exhibition being held at the Hindmarsh Hall in Alnmouth on Saturday November 24th.

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