A Great Day at Spitalfields City Farm yesterday

Tess at the Sheep and Wool Fayre with her stall

Stall at the Sheep and Wool Fayre

We had a lovely sunny day out at Spitalfields City Farm Sheep and Wool Fayre yesterday…. We said hello to the animals, watched sheep being sheared and cheered on the human ‘sheep’ who took part in the sheep race at the end of the day… I sat on a hay bail watching a fashion show by a student from the London College of Fashion and was nearly jumped on by a Southdown Sheep being led round the ring by one of the models, when it suddenly decided it wanted to leave!

The Felt Sheep brooches went down very well.  I’m considering making  pigs as well – I adore them almost as much as sheep…

Watching the people at the stall next door cooing over skeins of beautiful individually dyed wool it was obvious that there is a wide network knitters who communicate regularly in person and via the internet…

Maybe feltmaking could be the next big thing!!

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Sheep and Wool Fayre at Spitalfields City Farm

On Sunday 15th I am doing a stall at the Spitalfields City Farm Sheep and Wool Fayre 12.00-5.00…Poster for Sheep and Wool Fayre 15 MaySounds like a fun event.

  • They will be shearing their rare breed sheep
  • You can have a go at using their wool by learning how it is spun into yarn, then knitted or crocheted into garments. Make felt  (someone else is doing this although I will be demonstrating on my stall) and see how the yarn is woven on a table loom to make cloth.
  • Children can take part in the activities as well as making toy sheep and badges, get their faces painted like a sheep and the best dressed sheep or farmer will win a prize on the day!
  •  You can also enter the “guess the weight of the fleece competition” and the now famous “Spitalfields Sheep Stakes” is taking place this year in a slightly different format.
  • Also students from the London College of Fashion will be displaying an assortment of their knitted creations.
  •  There will be refreshments, live music and loads of craft stalls (including me) and all their other friendly animals to say hello to.

Hope to see you there….!

Hello Highgate….

Hello to anyone who came to my stall yesterday at Lauderdale House and bought something or talked to me and John.  Thanks for all the generous comments about my work…..

John refused to let me take a photo of him in his silly sheep hat, but here I am with the stall (I must remember to wear some blusher next time I do an outside stall in a strong wind!!)

Tess with stall

Me in front of my stall in my May Day Hat

Demonstrating feltmaking on a windy day was  ‘interesting’-  keeping the light plastic templates and fluffy pulled fleece on the table long enough to weight them down with some soapy water was the first challenge!

Tess making Felt at May Day Fair 2011

Me making felt at Lauderdale House on May Day

I  managed to make three snall bags – they are still a bit damp in the picture below  so the colours may change as they dry.

I particularly like the one on the right.  I incorporated quite a lot of ”dyed silk hankies’ which I bought last year at the Knitting and Stiching Show at Alexandra Palace.

They made such a  lovely almost stained glass effect that I didn’t want to cover them up with a thin layer of wool as I originally intended and so the bag is quite fine in texture.   Alas – I believe the company I bought the silk from were visiting from New Zealand so I will have to see if I can find them online!!

Three small felt bags made at a Craft Fair

My three new bags

Stall at Lauderdale House May Fair tomorrow

I have decided to go ahead with the stall at the Lauderdale House May Fair in Highgate tomorrow 2nd May, despite having to pull things together at the last minute.

My first experience of demonstrating to the public as well – no pressure then!

I am just hoping that it isn’t too windy as we have an outside stall.  It seemed sensible as there will be soap and water involved…