Darlington Wool Fair 2022

Friday 10 June 2022, 10:00AM
- Sunday 12 June 2022, 04:00PM
Venue: TBC

Celebrating our wool artists and experts from Darlington and across the region. Spinning, felting, knitting, crochet, weaving learn new skills.

A celebration of wool here in the market square with exhibitors from across the region will be showcasing their skills and offering visitors opportunities to learn and create.

There will be demonstrations to watch from Becky Sunter (The Weaving Rooms) and have-a-go activities using wool.

The fair is aimed at all ages and everyone can come find out more about wool, try new skills and buy products ranging from handspun wools, felted artworks and weaving/knitting spinning equipment.

We have a fantastic selection of traders from across the UK coming together for this weekend event in Darlington.

More details will be added shortly.

Entry is free

  • Friday 10th June 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 11th June 10am 4pm
  • Sunday 12th June 11am - 4pm

Trader enquiries please apply using the application link

Exhibitor Listing 2022

Teesdale Felt

Claire Priestley, the founder of Teesdale Felt. I have lived and worked in Teesdale for over 20 years and I am passionate about this beautiful area! Teesdale Felt grew from a love of felting. I soon started experimenting with mixed fibres and 3D techniques and quickly realised that I could offer a felting supply outlet that would suit the ever changing needs of my fellow crafters. We frequently add new products to the online store, and we try our best to accommodate requests from customers.

At Teesdale Felt we understand the importance of offering quality items at affordable prices and are happy to supply coordinated ranges in various quantities to suit your individual needs. If you require increased quantities, or any wool or fibres that are not on our website, then please ask and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

Teesdale Felt also offers original artwork for sale as well as mounted limited edition giclee prints. We now have an extensive range of cross stitch kits.

Teesdale Felt | Quality Felting Materials and Supplies | Teesdale Felt

Doulton Border Leicester Yarn

The Doulton Flock of Border Leicesters was started in 1996 with the purchase of 2 ewe lambs from Lanark Auction Mart. I named these 2 ewe lambs, Martha and Minnie, after 2 characters on Coronation Street. I soon added more and more sheep to the flock, again naming them all after Coronation Street characters. I now have 300 Border Leicesters. I breed and show them, sell breeding rams at Kelso and Welshpool, and also export them for breeding only. None of my sheep ever go for slaughter.
Five years ago I had my first lot of fabulous fleeces processed into amazing yarn and now offer a large range of worsted spun slaughterfree Doulton Border Leicester in three weights. We have 27 colours in our range of DK and 4ply yarns plus a smaller range of colours , 9, in A fabulous Aran weight. We sell online all over the world and all profits go to support the flock.

Durham Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers

The Guild exists to provide a sociable environment for members to practise their skills , learn new skills and share skills with each other and with anyone interested in learning. They are affiliated to the national Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (www.wsd.org.uk), which produces a quarterly Journal and organises a biennial Summer School and National Exhibition.

Fire and Fibre

Manufacturers of high quality simple wooden equipment including various looms, corkwork bobbins, flower winders, lucets, drop spindles, weaving sticks. Felting materials and equipment and craft books.

Fire and fibre website

Hellen Edwards Artist

Felted Artwork using wet and dry felting technique. Embroidered Artwork. Mini Oil Paintings & Novelty felted ornaments.

Hellen edwards artist website

Natural Born Dyers

We are a small indie-dying business set up in early 2010 to offer high quality yarns and fibres dyed with natural dyes which we extract from plants. We aim to offer a more environmentally-friendly alternative to chemically dyed yarn and fibre.

To achieve this we use dyes from plants that we grow ourselves, harvest locally from sustainable sources or purchase in dried form from UK suppliers. We use these to dye quality yarns and fibre which, where possible, are from British sources.

Natural born dyers website

Simply Smallholding

We are Simply Smallholding, a husband and wife team, and we design and handmake items from felt, often, but not solely, inspired by nature.

These include decorative items such as wet and needlefelted pictures, 3D vessels, needlefelt sculptures and 3D heads.

We also make personal items such as felt scarves using wet and nuno felt techniques, necklaces, brooches, ipad covers and bags.

Finally we turn raw fleeces into rugs.

Our USB is our craft workshops

Tabby Textiles

From the early days Tabby Textiles has developed and grown into its own premises, offering both products and speciality workshops in weaving and fibre products. Based in Darlington in our own studio with many floor looms, table looms and specialist weaving equipment; a fabulous resource for beginner and experienced weavers. 

Tabby textiles website

The Knitting Gift Shop

The Knitting Gift Shop is situated in Willington, a small town in the Wear Valley on the edge of the North Pennines.

It is from the Weardale countryside that we draw inspiration when choosing the colours for our range of wool.

All of the wool used in our Natural Knits range is made with carefully selected fleece that is mainly sourced from farms throughout the UK and then spun for us by traditional independent mills.

The knitting shop website

Thread of Life 

Thread of Life, Yorkshire's Independent Crochet Specialist, stocks hard-to-find crochet tools and booklets, including Tunisian hooks, hairpin tools and broomsticks, crochet cottons and haberdashery items. Workshops and talks also available by arrangement.


Tine and Floyd

Tine and Floyd offers a wide variety of hand spun and hand dyed yarns as well as various animal and plant fibres and blends. Most of their wool is sourced from farms where Tine trains her Border Collie, Floyd. They are dealers for SpinOlution wheels.

Tine and Floyd website


Local yarn shop in Stanhope, Weardale selling hand dyed wool (@lovehandyed) Scheepjes, World of Wool Distilled and Chubby, kpcyarn, knoll kilcarra, anchor crochet cottons, wood shawl pins, crochet hooks, knitting needles and haberdashery.

Woolmouse website

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