Make a shawl fit for a queen at Leeds Wool Festival

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It was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite fashion accessories and is a British tradition dating back hundreds of years. If you visit Leeds Wool Festival this weekend you too can learn the art of Shetland lace from a leading knitting expert.

One Saturday 4 June, the annual Leeds Wool Festival at Leeds Industrial Museum will feature a workshop by knitwear designer Karie Westermann, where visitors will be able to try their hand at making their own traditional hap shawl.

Shetland lace was made famous by British royalty and was said to be particularly popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. She often commissioned it for herself and to give as gifts.

Those taking part in the workshop will get the chance to explore different techniques including picking up stitches, reading and understanding a lace chart. After learning the basics, who knows where a new passion could take you?

The Leeds Wool Festival also includes a market place with a selection of locally-produced yarn, craft tools and textiles for sale. Plus there is live music and dance performances inspired by Yorkshire’s textile industry and films including the award winning ‘Addicted to Sheep.’

Alpaca-woolfestivalYou can also meet some adorable sheep and alpacas will also be paying a visit for the day.

For more details visit the Leeds Industrial Museum website.

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