Every year at Woolfest, we offer a stall to a worker in wool who has recently started in business, in memory of Carolyn, our colleague, friend and co-founder of The Wool Clip, whose vision and inspiration led to Woolfest.
Previous recipients of this free stall and showcase have included Jane Rawling for her innovative Herdwick wool coats, Naomi Harrison with her modern Linton tweed clothing designs and Daniela Kloppmann, a young spinner, dyer and felter from North Yorkshire.
The 2010 stall was awarded to Emma Dolan from Leeds who handcrafts decorative teacups and saucers using classic design styles and fabrics, in 2011 Jon Booker of Natural Born Dyers was the recipient followed by Joss Wrigg, a felt sculptor from Allendale in Northumberland, who makes stunning animal figures from fleece.
Our winner for 2013 was Polly Shacklady, a knitwear designer and maker with a modern take on traditional Fair Isle techniques and styles. 2014's recipient was Mandy Marshall with her range of Herdwick tweed bags and accessories and in 2015 it was Maggie Jeffers of Fox Tapestry Design.
In 2016, the Memorial Stall went to Liz Reed who creates quirky driftwood characters, often dressed in wool.