Monday 18th of January 2010

Joint working for Woolfest workshops

The organisers of Woolfest 2010 (June 25 and 26), Cumbria's international celebration of nature's finest fibres, are working with the team at Higham Hall to create Master Classes in the days before this year's event.

"We have had to re-think our workshop programme for 2010 as the Learning Centre at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre won't be available this year," said organiser, June Hall of The Wool Clip. "Higham Hall already has a fantastic reputation for its short courses and beautiful accommodation near Woolfest in Cockermouth so this partnership should offer something a bit special for our visitors."

The Master Classes will be led by Galina Khmeleva from the USA and by Helen Ritchie from Swaledale.

"Galina is famous for her work on Orenburg lace shawls," said June, "and she will cover two practical aspects of this fine work over the two days: Spinning for lace knitting on Wednesday 23 and Designing lace shawls on Thursday 24. Visitors can enrol for one or both days and there will also be a public evening lecture on the Wednesday evening."
Heather Ritchie from Swaledale is already a familiar name to Woolfest visitors and she has taught and lectured around the world on traditional techniques for making hooky and proddy rag rugs.

June Hall

"Heather will cover both techniques over the two days," said June, "and this will make a fantastic introduction for a beginner or a source of new ideas and approaches for anyone who has already given rag rug-making a try."

"We are really pleased to be working with June and the Woolfest team," said Higham Hall Principal, Alex Alexandre. "We have an established programme of arts and crafts courses and these wool-based Master Classes will make a fascinating addition to our Summer programme."

Booking for both courses is now open and full details on prices, accommodation and other details can be found at or by calling the Higham Hall team on 017687 76276. Woolfest 2010 takes place at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June 2010. Further information is available online at or from members of The Wool Clip on 016974 78707.

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