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Building on the outstanding success of Wool on the Wall 2012, the voluntary organising team has responded to requests from those who attended to organise another on Sunday 13th July 2014. As before, Wool on the Wall will take place in the Greenhead Hotel, just across the road from the Hadrian’s Wall Farmers’ Market at Greenhead Village Hall.

The event will celebrate British wool and include a 'Sheep to Shawl' event starting with the hand clipping of a sheep at 10am and ending with the shawl being handed to the highest bidder when the sealed bids are opened at 4pm. Vistors will be encouraged to pick up knitting needles or a crochet hook and join in by knitting or crocheting a square or part of a square. Volunteers will be on hand to teach all the necessary skills.

British wool has kept the chill from Celt and Roman, civilian and soldier, for centuries and now can be found insulating modern homes and made into enduring carpets. We shall be celebrating not only the farmers and their flocks, but the very many traditional skills that have always been carried on using wool: the felting, spinning, weaving and dyeing, knitting and crochet skills of old, which are now in the extremely talented hands of modern craftsmen and women from all over the north.

On sale will be a wide range of the very best finished work by local craftspeople, all using British wool, together with an equally wide range of raw materials and equipment for making your own work, from fleeces to lucettes. If you don’t know what a lucette is, you know where to come! You can learn to use one on no time!

The regular friendly monthly farmers’ market at the village hall is where you can stock up with superb local produce, from organic cheese, meat and vegetables, free range chickens & eggs, fresh & smoked trout, honeys, jams & churneys, home baked breads & cakes, etc - to taste the local landscape that surrounds the tiny village of Greenhead, tucked in the Tipalt valley, just below one of the most scenic stretches of Hadrian’s Wall. The Market runs from 10am to 2 pm; the Wool on the Wall event starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.

On display will be the entries submitted for the poetry competition, “The Working Sheepdog” (to enter send your poem with that title before 25th June to Wendy Bond  giving your age if you are 19 or under).

For full details of the event, go to our website.