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News from the Hearth Wool Group

The Hearth Wool Group meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 1:15pm – 4pm. The cost per session is £3.50, which includes, hot drinks and cake. There’s no need to book, just turn up.

The group was set-up by Ellie Langley, a highly skilled feltmaker when her studio was based at The Hearth, the idea being an opportunity to bring together those who love working with wool. The group continues to thrive and if you pop in and visit us, you will see a mix of activities taking place; spinning, knitting, crochet, needlefelting and others; alongside drinking tea and eating cake!

There are a vast array of independent businesses selling the materials that we use, and there are wool related events all over the country. We’re also keen to support local businesses and last month we arranged a group trip to Fine Fettle Fibres – an exquisite yarn shop in Felton. In the same way that you might care about the food you put on your plate, we care about the materials that we use. You might find us having a conversation about the benefits of choosing one sheep breed over another, the benefits of one brand of knitting needles over another or how to bid for a spinning wheel on eBay! We’re not all experts, and to join us, you don’t need to know any of this stuff, but if you love working with beautiful materials and meeting up with like-minded people, then please do come and join us.

Everyone works on their own projects, but if advice or second opinions are needed, this is readily available – we even allow ‘show-offs’ and like nothing better than seeing a finished project. Many people come along thinking they will stick to one craft, but are drawn into another by the enthusiasm of the group, we have knitters that have become spinners, and crocheters that have become knitters.

We are starting on a new venture to collaborate with ‘Tyneside and Northumberland Mind’, a charity that supports those with mental health problems. The benefits of participating in creative activities is well documented as being helpful to our emotional well-being. Supporting this charity seems like the perfect fit, and any money we donate will go back into our local community. The link below will tell you more about the charity and the projects they support.

Every few months we intend to have a session where the money we take will all be donated to the charity. We would love to get more people to come along to these sessions, so if you live further afield or simply have a busy hectic life that doesn’t allow you the time to come along to each session, why not make a day of it? There’s so much to do in the local area, then pop in to see us with your latest woolly project, drink tea and eat cake.

The first fundraising session will be Tuesday 24th September – we’d be delighted if you join us. If you would like to get in touch to ask questions, contact Liz Reed via e mail –

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