Woolfest 2019 set to hook new visitors


Woolfest 2019 (Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June 2019) promises to be one of the best yet for crochet enthusiasts with Kathryn Parry of Gull Skull Designs in pride of place as this year’s Carolyn Rawlinson Memorial Stall Holder and several popular crochet designers and makers taking part.

Woolfest will include over 155 craft stalls in all, as well as rare breeds and other livestock, a raw fleece sale, live acoustic music and a range of food and drink options.


Rachel John of Extreme Textiles, Helen Jordan of Thread of Life – Crochet and Carole Rennison from Hooked by Design have long been Woolfest regulars and all three of them will be taking part this year, talking about their craft and the tools and techniques involved.  New for 2019 will be Emma Wood of MNUK (Made Naturally) with her kits that include knitting and macramé designs as well as crochet.

Kathryn Parry of Gull Skull Designs will be on the Caroline Rawlinson Memorial Stall at B1 at Woolfest.  Her work combines Tunisian crochet techniques and artisan weaving with hand-made embellishments to create accessories and homewares that are inspired by beachcombing finds, pebbles, lichens and shells.


A highlight of this year’s event will be a crafted sheep auction with a sheep theme in memory and in honour of Pam Hall, a familiar face and a Woolfest organiser since it began. Pam died in Eden Valley Hospice last summer so the auction will be in aid of this amazing place. Visitors are invited to make something themselves either with wool or featuring sheep and bring it along to the collection point near The Square at Woolfest, donate it to the auction and then bid for someone else’s creation.


Visitors can pre-book for a couple of workshops during Woolfest, as well as the Friday evening Giant Knit and Spin in. Liz Reed will be showing participants how to make their own driftwood folk and Debbie Zawinski will be explaining the processes from fleece to skein for new spinners as well as running a second workshop on making a stick spindle.


Ema Alcock is one of the organisers of Woolfest and a member of The Wool Clip cooperative since 2016, selling her crochet designs and upcycled wearables through the Caldbeck shop and on Aisle A of Woolfest.

“We always try to create a good mix of crafts, techniques and materials,” Ema says, “but all with a strong element of wool, especially British wool and those working with traditional techniques and native breeds. It’s great to see the renewed interest in crochet and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of those enthusiasts in Cockermouth in June.”

Woolfest fleece

Woolfest 2019 takes place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June from 10am when the event takes over Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth for those two days.

Entry is just £10 per day (including full programme) or £15 for a two-day ticket with free entry for accompanied children and free parking.  Full information, directions and online ticket sales can be found at www.woolfest.co.uk or via social media channels.