Wales to welcome knitted garden

Natty Knitters create woollen garden

This year's Wonderwool Wales extravaganza is to feature a knitted garden.

The wool and natural fibre festival is always a must-see craft calendar event and this year's annual show is hoping to celebrate creativity with the knitted flowers surrounded by a picket fence.

Held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on April 27th and 28th, the event will feature around 175 stalls selling designer-made products covering all the fibre crafts such as weaving, knitting, crocheting, spinning and felting.

It will also showcase a wide selection of yarns, fibres, books and craft tools, Smallholder.co.uk reports.

The knitted garden will come from Yorkshire stallholders Woolyknit.com and its inaugural exhibition at Gallery Oldham.

It measures 2.5 metres by 1.5 metres and was originally commissioned by Oldham Council to help highlight its Spring Into Wellbeing project at Oldham Library in march.

Chatting to the publication, Jacinta Bowie from the group explained that it took nine people six weeks to knit and crochet the garden.

Ms Bowie added: "The garden contains knitting, crochet, Tunisian crochet and felted items made from Woolyknit wools. At Wonderwool Wales we will also be selling a knitting pattern for some of the knitted flowers."

Visitors can book themselves on to Woolschool workshops, giving them the chance to learn new fibre and craft skills from experts.

This includes a two-hour session with Sirpa Mantyla from Finland who will be demonstrating how to make felted mittens and wrist warmers, while Pat Johnson from the International Feltmakers Association is leading an exciting workshop on how to make jewellery from felt.

Other sessions include how to spin on a drop spindle and an introduction to dyeing.

Fashion will also be on the cards, with the ever-popular Sheepwalk providing a woolly take on the traditional catwalk and a competition to find the best whacky but wearable woolly hat.

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