Tuesday 15th of November 2011

The Wool Clip has followed its colourful September installation with an unusual take on Christmas decorations. A coppiced willow has been set up outside the shop in the Priest's Mill at Caldbeck and members of this successful craft cooperative have decorated the tree with a selection of unique and unusual woollen Christmas decorations, from a crocheted angel for the top to silk and wool fairies and festoons of felted wool chains.

"The work that was on show in September for our tenth birthday and for Wool Week attracted lots of visitors and plenty of positive comments," said Jan Hicks, the group's chairperson for 2011. "A Christmas tree at Priest's Mill seemed the obvious follow up and there were plenty of ideas for decorations. The group has a range of different skills and this is something where we can all contribute - and it is also proving a great showcase for our work with some of the decorations also available to buy in the shop."

One of the most popular ideas in the autumn was a crocheted spider's web and the creator, Marion Woolcott of Penrith, is hoping that her angel for the Christmas tree will prove just as popular.  christmasangels.jpg

"I was surprised by how many webs I sold in the months up to Hallowe'en," said Marion, "and I hope that the Christmas decorations will prove just as popular. It's great when people buy but it's also encouraging for us to get the questions about how we've made things and which wools and yarns will give the best effects - there's a real enthusiasm for wool and for crafts at the moment and it's good to be a part of it."

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