Monday, 25 March 2013



Yeay! A weekend in which we see W O O L!
This weekend, we went to Somerset House to see the Wool House exhibition by The Campaign for Wool. What a *fab* event: room after room furnished almost entirely in natural wool fibre and plenty of mannequins sporting British tweed, too. Even the carpet runners had been crafted for the exhibition, as had this felt-covered chair by Claudy Jongstra:
We loved the light and the natural colours in Josephine Ryan's Natural Room, inspired by her Irish roots:
The chairs are covered in Aran jumpers!

This free exhibition was jam-packed, too, showing how many people care about just what things are made of. As well as these 'still life' rooms, there was a room with bowls of yarn including my Hiking Hat favourite, Debbie Bliss' Blue Faced Leicester Aran, as well as Rowan Pure Breeds and Blacker yarn from the Falklands. Sadly none for sale, though! Not every room showcased the practical, utilitarian uses for wool: there were sculptures, tapestries, bed-steads . . . all showing just how useful but also beautiful and decorative woolly things can be! Twitter tells me that the exhibition has hosted classes in knitting and weaving, too, and that yesterday they held a Tweed Tea-Party. Hurrah for The Campaign for Wool - a great show.

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