Summer travels … adventures at home and away.

Sian had a wonderful weekend at the CRAFT Festival in Bovey Tracey earlier this month. She has been visiting this event for several years now and it has been a highlight of the season every time. It is lovely to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new customers each year.

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One of the highlights of this year’s CRAFT festival was the enthusiastic response to the new range of alpaca garments. Both the fine gauge and chunky sweaters flew off the stand! It is so exciting for Sian to be making beautiful and wearable clothes from her own animals and to have them received with such excitement and interest.

If you would like to see what the buzz is all about, do check out the website or come to see Sian in the shop at Ash Farm.

Next up – HANDMADE Oxford

From 27th to 30th June you will find Sian at Waterperry Gardens in Oxford, joining a host of very talented designer makers from across the South of Britain. Come and see the new ranges as well as Sian’s classic designs.

Sian’s designs will not be the only beautiful things to see at the inaugural Summer Open Studio event at Ash Farm this August. We are very excited about the fabulous range of artisan vendors who are supporting this unique event in Pembrokeshire.

On 17-18th August the studio and garden will be overflowing with creativity, great food and friendly conversation. As well as providing the chance to meet our wonderful makers and buy their beautiful creations, there will be terrific food and a chance to meet the true stars of the show – the guys and gals who really call the shots around the farm, including the babies due any time now!

We are beyond excited to meet the latest additions to the herd and can’t wait to share them with all of you. Look out for updates on Instagram and in our next newsletter!

Workshops

The Summer Open Studio is not the only event happening at the farm this summer of course. The studio will be buzzing as much as the surrounding fields with a wide range of workshops taking place right through the season.

There are only limited places available for Sian’s two-day Beginners double bed Knitting machine workshop on the 20-21st July so do book soon for that to avoid disappointment. If you are looking for guidance as a complete beginner, look at the Beginners Knitting Machine Workshop on 24-25th August.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn a wider range of crafts as well, with a terrific team of visiting craft tutors at Ash Farm over the summer. Kathryn Willis will be demonstrating the technique of enamel jewellery making on 13th July. Kathryn provides all of the materials and develops your skills to enable you make a beautiful and unique piece of jewellery to take home.

In August you could weave a basket or stitch a story! Join Sarah from Hatton Willow as she leads you through the process of producing a lovely round basket to take home and enjoy on 3rd August. On 10th August Alison Moger will be reprising her very popular workshop encouraging students to tell stories through machine embroidery and collage, creating personal and unique artworks to grace your home or give as a special gift.

However you are spending your summer, we hope it is full of beauty, interest and peaceful days!

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