Ickworth Wool Fair  30th – 31st May

Took the Fibre Workshop out for a trip to the second Ickworth Wool Fair, held at Ickworth Hall, Bury St Edmunds on the 30th and 31st May. Our second outing touting our fibrey goods for sale.

Took a frantic few weeks of dyeing, carding, spinning and knitting building up to a crazed demented level of panic by Friday and screams of “I’m not ready”… however, a deadline is a deadline and we were all good to go resplendent in our new gazebo.

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A bit worried about the weather – sunny but windy on Saturday and very wet and very windy on Sunday – gazebo does not like wind.  I think we tested it to its limits.

The Wool Fair was relaxed, but busy and packed with loads of stalls and attractions.  The Fibre Workshop stall was really busy and I only got to take a brief dip into the things on offer.  I managed to catch the tail end of Sean the Shearers Sheep Show giving his very funny shearing demo and dancing sheep display (a bit risque but very very funny).  Other country traditions and entertainments, included morris dancing, archery, and a singalong with whatserface from Frozen (wow! ear bleedingly loud and shrill singing!).

Lots of lovely things to buy in the main marquee,  highlight was Native Yarns, natural dyed yarns based in Suffolk.  Sue was great to chat to, her colours were gorgeous.  Great for beautiful handknits, felted items and hanspun yarns (prices and quality variable from rock bottom up to stratoshperic – still can’t get a handle on how to price yarns and knitted items). Had a fascinating chat with Orfordness Shepherd, Andrew Cappell, who had some White Faced Woodland and Manx Loaghtan fleece and carded batts. Also represented were Gedgrave Wensleydales, also of Orfordness.

Sadly not a lot of fleece or fibre to be drooling over, which was a little disappointing as I was hoping to come home with some goodies to spin.  Mostly rare breeds in natural colours.   And only one place to play with and buy spindles and beautiful colourful batts – yes it was the Fibre Workshop.  So I managed to virtually sell out of my batts and spindles. Which was a great boost to my morale – yay people liked them!

All in all I met lots of really lovely and interesting people including the lovely folks from Bury Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.  They all had matching aprons – now there’s an idea to take back to the Guild…

Thoroughlyy enjoyed it and will definitely go back again next year.

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