After saying my goodbyes to all the new friends I had made to Blogtacular I was back in the car and driving to Worcestershire to attend the Royal Three Counties show on the Sunday. Griffiths’ Mill and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust organised a British Wool Fashion Show for the event. It was a fashion show with a difference as there were models and the sheep sharing the catwalk!
Here you can see just some of the wonderful garments that were shown on the catwalk. Wearing the very dress she handspun and knitted herself the first two dresses and shawl are from the very talented Karen Griffiths. The second to right garments are by Clare Johns and far right is our very own Chunky Row! Isn't it lovely how diverse wool is? From being spun into lace weight yarn, woven into beautiful fabrics and being spun into our super chunky yarn, wool can be processed and used in so many ways!
Here is Karen standing outside the Wooly Roadshow trailer which is run by herself and David from Griffiths' Mill. Those who visit the trailer can learn all about wool and the processes from shearing to fibre processing. They also have their own wonderful selection of British yarns they have processed and spun themselves from their own flocks of sheep.
Here are more photographs of our Chunky Row on show on the catwalk before the main event. You can see from the set that many people were keen to show off their 100% British wool creations.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust were a large part of the event with multiple stands around the show ground. The RBST are a charity helping to secure the future of our rare and native breeds of farm livestock.
Collecting, grading, promoting and selling great British fleece wool since 1950 the British Wool Marketing Board (http://www.britishwool.org.uk/) were also at the show. Under The British Wool Marketing Scheme of 1950, the BWMB is required to register all producers with four or more sheep (with the exception of Shetland, which has its own arrangement). There are currently approximately 45,000 registered producers.
And of course, there were plenty of sheep at the show too!