WOOLNESS & ME: Deborah Gray on spinning and swatching

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Deborah Gray, who has written on the Wovember blog before, and will be known to many of you from her classes at Shetland Wool Week and her long-running and informative blog, Perfect Weather for Spinning & Knitting. Today she describes many of the links from sheep through… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Deborah Gray on spinning and swatching

WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Yuli Sømme 2017

This evening’s post comes from Yuli Sømme with whom Paula Wolton has worked since the outset of the One Hut Full project. In these short texts she explores the many ways in which she works with wool to help us better connect this material with its origins in the land. Feet Felt “We’re going to… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Yuli Sømme 2017

WOOLNESS & ME: Wool to aid negative thoughts and feelings

Mariette, a friend of Wovember from Rotterdam, has written today’s post about how particular wool and wool textures are part of her therapy ‘tool kit’. Through a childhood in difficult circumstances I grew up learning not to listen to my own feelings. In the end I did not even know they were there. After several… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Wool to aid negative thoughts and feelings

WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Heather Firby on founding ‘Woolly Minded’

This evening Paula Wolton brings us this joyful post from local designer and entrepreneur Heather Firby. Heather has established her own knitwear label – ‘Woolly Minded Knitwear‘ – through which she sells her own finished knitwear products made from carefully sourced materials including plenty of wool as well as alpaca fibre. We love the clear… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Heather Firby on founding ‘Woolly Minded’

WOOLNESS AND ME: Beate Herold on the healing powers of wool

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Beate Herold from Nuertingen, Germany, who describes the multifaceted physical and mental benefits she has experienced as a result of growing and working with wool. Wool rescued me. When my work got more and more computerized and pressured, woolly sheep came into my life. Working and caring… Continue Reading WOOLNESS AND ME: Beate Herold on the healing powers of wool

WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Rob Wolton on ecology and balance

This evening Paula Wolton has enlisted the help of her husband Rob Wolton – an experienced ecologist and environmentalist. Paula has worked alongside him as her partner in life and farming for 30 odd years which has led to heated discussion and interesting compromise from which she feels both have learnt and grown. In curating… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Rob Wolton on ecology and balance

WOOLNESS & ME: Liddy the Lamb

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by longterm Wovember supporter and contributor Sara Dunham of Punkin’s Patch, who has written about the incredible bedside manner of one of the lambs in her flock. Liddy’s mom didn’t love her. She’d feed the lamb if forced but after a couple days we gave up. We tried… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Liddy the Lamb

WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Sally Vergette on healing from the foot & mouth crisis of 2001

This post was curated by Paula Wolton for our Woolness and the Land theme and features the voice of Sally Vergette. She explores the pain of the Foot & Mouth crisis of the early 00s, and the role that working with wool played in aiding her recovery from this devastation. Both this post and the… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Sally Vergette on healing from the foot & mouth crisis of 2001

WOOLNESS & ME: The Woolly Pedlar

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Sue Reed, aka The Woolly Pedlar, who is here to talk about ‘woolness’ in the context of the profound effect that working with wool has had on her outlook. The sustainable and recycling aspects of her practice also speak to our theme this week of Woolness and… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: The Woolly Pedlar

WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Introducing Paula Wolton

This week we are exploring the topic Woolness & The Land and our guest curator is Paula Wolton – the passionate farmer and creative force behind One Hut Full and One Change. One Hut Full is a touring shepherd’s hut with a multimedia installation celebrating the wool farming year in Dartmoor. Conceived to engage, inspire… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & THE LAND: Introducing Paula Wolton