Oswestry Makes Festival 2016
28th September 2016
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This year's Oswestry Makes Textile Festival is on over Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October.

The theme is bijoux and local, based around the beauty of the Marcher Borders and the history and stories of Oswestry and Whittington.  The Library Exhibition features numerous exquisitely designed and crafted miniatures of scenes of Oswestry life, featuring felting, blackwork, embroidery and stitching, with a fantastic display of silk paintings by local primary school children.  The Exhibition opens on Tuesday 4th October.

Alongside this exhibition, there is an intriguing photo montage trail at Milano's in Chapel Court, of well-known and not so well-known places with textile connections - see if you can identify them and visit them all. 

The lovely and extremely talented Gemma of Gemmipop Designs is holding her very popular beginner's crochet drop in workshops on Friday and Saturday, upstairs at the lovely Little Vintage.  Drop in and learn a wonderful skill.  Prices are £5.00 an hour.

Exhibitions and workshops abound on Saturday 8th:-

Ros Hornbuckle is opening her lovely Tannery Court studio and Art Gallery on Friday  and giving an introductory workshop in weaving from 10-12.  Tickets are £5.00.

Saturday also sees the immensly popular Annual Exhibition from the Oswestry and District Embroidery Guild, at the Memorial Hall on Festival Square, as they riff on the theme of 'A Stitch in Time' with demonstrations and mini workshops by Melanie Barnes and Jenny O'Leary, as well as a rather wonderful travelling archive of antique embroidery from the London Headquarters.

Sue Turner is hosting another family workshop at Milano's in Chapel Court, with a chance for young and old to learn how to make gifts and decorations using felt.

Sunday, Oh when Sunday Comes, we all rejoice as the wonderful 'Wonderful Wool Day' explodes in a joyful mishmash of Yarnie loveliness, cakey goodness and woolly mayhem.  Lean how to spin, bring your knitting and crochet and just have a swell yarnie day, or learn the ancient craft of Nålebinding, or have a stab at needle felting and other lovely skills... sell yarn, buy yarn, swop yarn, eat cake and have a fab day!

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Isabelle W

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Charmed to my boots by Oswestry and the Welsh Marches. I happily do my best to support the fantastic independent shops and businesses in the area through The Best of Oswestry.

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