From learning new skills to troubleshooting woolly woes and stocking up on supplies from fabulous artisan exhibitors – all while enjoying great food and live music – visitors Wool @ J13 festival on 18 & 19 May are in for weekend of wool-filled wonder.;
Among the star attractions are workshops from the Sockmatician – AKA Nathan Taylor – who will be running hands-on masterclasses on the art of double knitting as well as hosting a pop-up Sockmashop – selling his own range yarn and badges and, his book “Guys Knit.” Book signings are scheduled on both days with Nathan happy to autograph previously purchased tomes, too. The theme of men knitting continues with the male musicians in the Punk Ukelele band, Not Quite Dead Yet (who will be providing the musical entertainment for this year’s show) taking up the challenge and learning to knit in the show’s new ‘Have a go’ zone. The band will also be offering ukulele workshops to any would-be players – that’s if they’re not too busy knitting!
Also on board as exhibitors and running workshops on both days of the show are needle felting & fibre experts, The Makerss, well known for their superb life sized needle felted animals. Jenni Stuart-Anderson, of both traditional & contemporary rag rug fame, will be offering workshops as well as her book, workshop DVD & a whole ton of tools for rag rug making from her show stand. Popping in from the Isle of Wight will be 1st Crafts with their beautifully crafted professional tools for fibre crafters and returning with their ever-popular spinning wheels, looms & drum carders will be Welsh based Hedgehog Equipment. Up from Frome, Somerset, will be Arnall Culliford Knitwear with a whole library of technique led craft books & down from Glasgow will be show favourites, For the Love of Yarn, while Somerset based business, Elegant Chaos, will be offering their eco designed & recycled clothing range & Bath based Emily Cross Ceramics will be on hand with her superbly designed yarn bowls. Lee Norton Griffiths, aka The Crochet Man will be making his 2nd appearance with his incredible collection of creatures at a show right on his doorstep.
Any visitor in a tangle with their knitting & crochet will be able to visit A & E to check in with The Knit Nurse or The Crochet Consultant to have their questions answered and The Stafford Steppers dance troupe will be presenting a fashion show of lovely gauntlets for lovely hands. Show visitors will also be able to try out very large French knitting bobbin and take advantage of visits to the animals & nature trails down on the farm at Lower Drayton, the show’s location.
Scrummy street food and a bar will keep hunger & drink pangs at bay and the WI will again be presenting their Knitted Tea Room, this year with created creatures from the farm which visitors will be able to adopt or bid for in a silent auction in aid of the survivor-led testicular cancer charity, North West based Baggy Trousers UK whose remit takes in Staffordshire in the West Midlands.https://baggytrousersuk.org/
“Val & I are very excited to welcome back so many of our exhibitors from last year,” said Ingrid Wagner, Creative Director of the show, “and to welcome new exhibitors for our audience, too. Our challenge is to keep the show new & fresh for everyone, every year and we are looking forward to presenting our vibrant offering for this year.”
Tickets are available online now, priced at £5.50 for advance day tickets (on gate £7.50) and for advance weekend tickets £9.00 (on gate £12.00). To book and discover more about the show, which will take place on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May at Lower Drayton Farm near Penkridge in Staffordshire head to www.wool-j13.uk