Sunday, 25 April 2010

Wonderwool Wales - fun day!

We don't often go off adventuring, but yesterday we were on the road by 9am!

Wipso and I tuned the satnav to "Royal Welsh Showground" Builth Wells and set off.

I wanted to head off via Clun and Knighton and my satnav immediately told me to do a U-turn as she had planned my route via Newtown!! Needless to say I ignored her and off we went.

Eventually the satnav caught up and we had a delightful run along quiet country roads. Its a wonderful time of the year to ride steadily past fields, scattered with sheep and tiny lambs and enjoy the hedgerows, just turning green and decorated with primroses, cowslips, anemones, lady's smock and violets. Overhead the buzzards were circling and as we reached Builth Wells a red kite soared, just above the car, pointing the way to the showground!

We were ushered to a parking space, only to find that we were as far away from the event as we could possibly be and had a very long walk to the venue - not good for a wobbly knee - but we made it.

Wonderwool Wales is a festival of wool and natural fibres. The halls were packed with trade stands and demonstrators linked to everything woolly!

Our first call was to see Sara's Texture Crafts and meet our blogger friend Sara. We spent quite a while choosing some gorgeous wool rovings for our textile work and filled a bag with some of Sara's fab blends and colours. It was lovely to meet her and she very kindly stored our bag until we were ready to leave.

The rest of the day was just a delight, spent checking out all the goodies on each stall.

We bought some silk velvet from Oliver Twists and on the right are some dyed pre-felt pieces.

These colourful curls came from The Threshing Barn.

There were lots of spinners and weavers busily working and some amazing creative work from a wide variety of different textile artists. We gleaned a few ideas for crafty activities and had lots of giggles as we moved around the halls, ending up with such busy heads from all the fab stuff we had seen.

To complete our day, we journeyed back via Newtown and shared out our gorgeous goodies.
Thanks Wipso for being great company and sharing in our fun day.
We are so lucky to enjoy the same hobbies and interests.

Watch this space to see what we make with all our purchases.


Jackie said...

That looks a lot more my kind of thing than the show I was at which was mostly card crafts. I went to Woolfest at Cockermouth last year in June and it was tooooo hot. This is a much more sensible time of year fro a wooly event.

Wipso said...

Brill blog sis. We are so lucky to enjoy each other's company like we do. Here's to many more fun days together.
A x

tammykingdon said...

All that fibre under one roof - yummy! I like Builth- having been told it was an awful dive, I enjoyed its air of yesteryear.

SueH said...

Just look at all those fantastic colours, you're going to have fun playing with them!


Annie said...

How beautiful this all is. My ramble through here reminds me of the fiber fair I went to a few years ago. It was all so inspirational. Now as retirement is finally within shouting distance, I'm thinking of trying my hand at some simple weaving projects.

her at home said...

sounds like a delightful day out.

Lyn said...

oh might have to look that one up next year!
Looks very interesting!

Felted House said...

I'm jealous, but very pleased for you that you had such a good day!! It would be a bad idea for me to go though because I'm sure I'd overspend vastly. xx

Shelly said...

Isn't having a sister to adventure with just the best thing in the world? Your trip looked exciting and profitable...lots of great working materials...the wools are such gorgeous colors...Shelly

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Aww I wish I could go to that. It looks fabulous. Great to see Sara's stand. She has been a great online friend for a few years now. Love what you bought too : )

Gez said...

Sounds like you both had a fun day. Love your new goodies. The colours are FAB. Can't wait to see what becomes of them. Have a great week. Gez.xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah a great day. Your post reminds me how much I miss my Sissy Dunnit.



Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Hey Twiglet... Was lovely to meet you and Wipso. I can't wait to see what beautiful work you dream up with your wonderful finds.

dottycookie said...

Ah, my sister went last year and was heading back this year - I am ever so mildly green with envy!