Woolly delights at 2013 LORN Feis Cothlam

Feis Cothlam comes shearing and felting across the horizon at Benderloch in Lorn from 18th to 20th July.

For Thursday 18th July, the gaelic wool festival is based at Kintaline farm in Benderloch, for demonstrations displays and wool related stalls.

For the second day of the Wool Festival - on Friday 19th July, the action shifts to the Victory hall in Benderloch for workshops and family taster sessions on varieties of fibre craft.

And on Saturday 20th July  - also in the Victory Hall, there's a full Jamboree of Fibre Crafts  - with all the fun of a fair. In the ecening, rounding the festival off, there's a Ceilidh Concert by Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh.

The Thursday programme at Kintaline Farm underlines just how much the sheep contributes to the lives we lead.

There will be shearing demonstrations; a 'Tunnel of Wool' clinic [and no - we don't yet know what this is either - but we want to find out]; a mini yurt; Felt a Fleece demonstrations; and cookery demonstrations.

For the Victory Hall on Friday, you're invited to bring your wheel - your needles - your loom - your spindle and join in sharing your crafty passion with others.

Individual workshops will also take place around the area

  • Learn Gaelic Wool Working Songs for 'waulking the tweed' with Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh
  • Create your own buttons with Boafrosh
  • See an introduction to feltmaking skills
  • Discover about recycling textiles and felting onto Scottish wool blankets
  • Explore the art potential with Scottish landscapes captured in wool using wet felting and needle felting techniques.
  • Try felting a minature vessel
  • Do a Wool and Willow workshop
  • Hear a talk and see a film on Mongolian Fibre Art.

The annual Feis Cothlam events are magical - and it could hardly be more appropriate that every year the most magical elements are the sheep themselves.

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