I was invited to take part in the first Sheep and Wool Day at Cotswold AONB, which is based at the Old Prison, Northleach.
I took my ‘Portaloom’, a four-shaft floor loom, threaded with a warp, the wool for which was donated by Abbey Home Farm. They keep a flock of Organically-reared Lleyn sheep whose fleece is spun into yarn by the Natural Fibre Company in Launceston, Cornwall. The weft was hand-spun provided by the Northleach Weavers and Spinners group.
I demonstrated weaving different patterns, explaining how the loom worked, and displayed samples of my weaving. I brought a simple home made micro-loom to give Children the chance to try weaving for themselves!
My commendation was in the British Wool Section, for which I entered a Geometric design in monochrome, with two additional development designs. This is the third time I have entered this prestigious competition, which gives students an opportunity to experience a range of types of British Wool. Last year I was an award-winner which led to valuable experiences and opportunities.