Over the weekend some friends and I went on a Dutch road trip to the Mid-Winter Wool Festival just outside of Groningen!
It was massive and fun!
Unlike lots of fibre festivals that I go to, this one was predominantly just fibre. Lots and lots of fibre.
You could even purchase complete, and un-processed fleeces!
There were some demonstrations of felting. I thought these two were adorable!
For all my Antipodean friends, here’s a swagman with his jumbuck. I’m not entirely sure how that translates to Dutch, but there you go.
As always the rainbow is an incredibly persuasive method of getting you to indulge in acquiring more stash. (The irony of shopping for NZ and Oz Merino in far north east Netherlands is not lost on me.)
These complete hides were tanned to perfection, and softer pieces of leather I don’t think I’ve ever touched!
More glorious fibre products …
… and options of how to put them into use.
I love the idea of working a complete fleece from start to finish, but I simply don’t have the space (or back yard) for it! The pointing hand, may be a friend of mine falling down that rabbit hole.
Once we’d all been through the hall once, we stopped for some well needed respite around the warm fire.
Guess what you guys? You’ll never guess. I may know what Santa is putting under the tree for me!!! *grins*