Regular readers of my blog will know I'm a bit of a woolly enthusiast. I love all the myriad breeds of sheep, I love their fleece and I love working with yarn made from wool. Let's face it I just adore wool. There I've said it.
If you want to try and understand my obsession check out all the woolly gorgeousness that is going on next week. The Campaign for Wool is celebrating Wool Week, which officially starts on 6th October with a whole range of activities.
The interiors collection exhibition at Southwark Cathedral will no doubt be amazing if previous events are anything to go by. You will be blown away by the quality and creative inventiveness of the designers and makers that use wool in a thousand different ways. It opens this Sunday 5th October and runs until Sunday 12th October, 10-7 daily with a late night on Thursday until 8pm, admission is free. Click on the CFW link above for more information.
Today I finally started on my woven rug project, which incidentally was inspired by a visit to Somerset House during a previous Wool Week. I set up a peg loom with some natural jute to create my warps which I have woven through with my washed and carded Ryeland fleece. It is a very exciting process and at the moment it's all looking good. And the best bit is just twisting the fleece into place without having to spin it, creating a very organic and artisan look. I'll post some pics soon so you can see the effect.
I'll sign off today with a little wool flick to get you in the mood. The Uist Wool Project uses restored carding and spinning machines from the 19th century and 1950s. Click here to view.
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