Wool fair returns to village this weekend

Herdwick sheep by Jane Jackson.
Herdwick sheep by Jane Jackson.

North Northumberland residents will have the chance to learn about the area’s shepherding heritage and traditional crafts at a special event this weekend.

Building on the success of the last two years, Alnmouth Wool Craft Fair and the Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns exhibition is returning to the Hindmarsh Hall on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.

This is a great opportunity to view the much-acclaimed exhibition, which is a visual and oral record of the history of sheep and shepherding in north Northumberland, learn more about our traditional wool crafts, showcased by some of our finest producers artist and crafters – and do some shopping into the bargain.

Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns is a small charity whose aims are to promote, explore and celebrate the cultural and heritage traditions of shepherding and its associated industries such as traditional and contemporary wool crafts through the provision of exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and events.

The exhibition draws together memories, photos, stories, music, traditional craft skills and local archives to create a rich visual and oral record for present and future generations in these changing times.

It is complemented with demonstrations by weavers, spinners, knitters, felters, dyers, rug-makers and textile artists. These highly-skilled local producers, artists and crafters will also have lots of woolly items for sale – in plenty of time for Christmas.

Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

For more information on the project, visit www.sheep tales.org.uk