The Story of Wool

Sunday 14th April

After the success of this event last year we are delighted to start our 2019 open season with it this year.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust shall once again be in attendance bringing several rare breed sheep. This in addition to our own rare breed sheep is a great chance to see several breeds all in one place.  Their members will be here to tell you all about the important work they do. If you would like to find out more about the Rare Breed Survival Trust before you visit click here.

The York Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be taking over our  large Function Room space and will be giving demonstrations of several spinning wheels, carding, rigid heddle loom weaving, peg loom weaving and braid making. Several of these you’ll be able to have a go at. If you would like to find out more about the York Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers click here.

This year we are delighted to welcome the Battle of Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project who are creating a tapestry to comemorate the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066. It is being stitched by a team of volunteers under the direction of Shirley Smith, a professional textile artist and Minster broderer. The intention is for it to become a national heirloom for Britain, in the same way as the Bayeux Tapestry is for France. To find out more information about the Stamford Bridge Tapestry Project please click here.

As well as this we are excited to have a stall from the historical craft shop Nidavellnir. The author of ‘Nalbinding for Beginners’ will be showing the historical wool craft of Viking Age knitting,  nalbinding. As well as this there will be a chance to buy wool related things from the stall. To find out more about Nidavellnir click here to go to their Facebook page.

Penelope Hemingway the author of ‘River Ganseys’ will be demonstrating spinning on a great wheel. She will also be happy to let you have a go at it yourselves! To find out more about Penelope and her work click here.

As well as this the Derwent Valley Light Railway will be running trains on their 1/2 mile of tract throughout the day and the cafe will be open all day selling drinks and light snacks.

All of this is included in your standard admission price.