Spring craft fair and artist-led textile craft sessions for everyone. Monday 2nd May 2016

There’s a distinctly crafty theme to Bank Holiday Monday activities at Woodhorn next week with some of the region’s best makers and producers showcasing their goods in a Spring Craft Fair as well as the opportunity for everyone to join in textile art drop-in sessions led by professional artists.

The craft fair will be open 10am-5pm in Woodhorn's historic Workshop Galleries.

Visitors are also invited to join professional textile artists in a free, drop-in craft day inspired by the stunning Lynemouth Layerscape photographic exhibition currently on display. Members of Lynemouth’s Weave textile group will be offering everyone the chance to have a go at making textile artwork.

Artists Jane Sutcliffe and Emma Wheetman-Donkin will work across 4 looms using a mixture of fishing line, recycled plastic bags, string, wool, clothing and objects found on the coastline, and visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to help create woven textiles inspired by the Lynemouth coast.

Liz Ritson, Woodhorn’s Events and Exhibitions Officer explains. “As the weave grows throughout the day, the layered results will reflect the processes which formed Lynemouth’s unique coastal landscape. Visitors are welcome to join in and take part in this activity any time between 12noon and 2.45pm, with the session ending at 3pm.”

In addition to the weaving activities, artist Liz Reed will be offering people the chance to create their own driftwood character, clothed in knitted layers of colourful textured yarns, again inspired by the Lynemouth coastline. Visitors with basic knitting and sewing skills will be able to complete a character in approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.

“If you do have basic knitting and sewing skills and would like to create your own character, we advise that you join this workshop between 12noon and 1.30pm to make sure you have time to complete the character, says Liz Ritson. “Beginners or visitors who are short of time, are welcome to simply drop in and have a go on a shared character.” The session runs noon – 3pm. The textile day has been made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Lynemouth Layerscape project.

For the younger generation, there will be the opportunity to make big, bright spring blooms from tissue paper and pipe cleaners to take home. Spring Bloom Crafts will be in the Workshop Galleries between 10am and 3pm.

For more information about these Woodhorn activities, visit the website www.experiencewoodhorn.com or find Woodhorn on Facebook.