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We’re ‘throwing down the mitten’ to local schools with chance to win a woolly workshop
29th November 2016

Calling all teachers, parents and governors at Staffordshire schools: Staffordshire’s newest wool & yarn craft event has issued a challenge to local schools to help create a ‘flock’ of woolly sheep to display over the festival weekend next May.

Schools are invited to enter the competition and create a sheep measuring at least 50cm tall by 25cm wide, made of wool products and based on the three cuddly characters that feature in our logo. The sheep will then be judged whilst on display at the event on Sat 13th and sun 14th May 2017, with the winning school bagging themselves a half day wool craft workshop with local felt artist Barbara Meek. More of Barbara’s fabulous felt can be seen here

Wool @ J13 organiser, Milford-based wool artist Ingrid Wagner, says:

‘We want Wool @ J13 to be a vibrant, fun event that reflects the diverse and increasingly youthful wool-crafting community. Gone are the days when knitting was the preserve of elderly ladies ‘“ it’s now attracting addicts of all ages from all works of life. We want to celebrate this and get local schools involved in the festivities. Not only will the flock they create be a stunning spectacle for visitors to the event, but children will get hands-on with this fantastic medium as they create their own woolly work of art.
‘The prize of a workshop with Barbara will be a real boon to the winning school ‘“ with budgets for the arts limited, it’s a great way to get youngsters engaged with their creative side and learn some new craft skills.’

The competition is open to Junior, Infant and Primary Schools in individual categories, and interested schools need to submit their entry forms to Wool @ J13 by Friday 13th January – although they won’t have to submit their sheepy entry until 5pm on Thursday 11th May 2017. Schools interested in taking part can request an application form by emailing [email protected]

Please note that the competition entry deadline has been extended from end of November 2016 to account for Christmas being a busy time for schools

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