Last Thursday I was lucky enough to make an impromptu visit to Farfield Mill in Sedbergh with my Aunty.
We had arranged to go out for coffee and cake and, having exhausted all our usual local, crafty haunts, I suggested a trip up the M6 to see the current felt exhibition, Felt through Contact: Viltkontaktgroep 20 Years On.
Farfield Mill is an old Victorian woollen mill just outside of the idyllic village of Sedbergh. It has been restored and is now a mix of museum, gallerys, workshops and studios. You can find out all about the mill and see the old looms in action, take a peek inside artists studios, find out about the 'terrible knitters of Dent (meaning terribly good) and do a bit of crafty shopping!
Having visited before, I knew what to expect but, as a new visitor, my aunty loved all the different crafts and assures me she will be visiting again.
The main reasons for our visit, was to see the current felt exhibition.
There was a great array of pieces, from clothing and accessories to wall hangings, 3d items and abstract work. As a felter, it was fascinating to see the way these items had been constructed, the way texture had been created and the use of colour. My favourite items where the clothing and I just adored the deep pink felt dress in the entrance of the mill - it was absolutley stunning! The coat pictured below was also a firm favourite whilst my aunty loved a piece about memories with lots of small rectangles of embroidered felt attached to a piece of wood.
We enjoyed a cheese and onion toastie, glass if elderflower cordial and a piece of the most delicious lemon and ginger cake in the cafe before hitting the shop! We both exercised great restraint here, I bought a copy of Art of the Feltmaker by Mary Burkett and a bar of Kendal Mint Cake whilst my Aunt bought a gorgeous swaledale woolen braclet.
The exhibition is running until the 22nd of April and I thorougly recommend a visit if you can get to it!