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Agricultural shows have sheep classes and exhibitions which are an ideal opportunity to find out more about sheep breeds and to source fleece directly from the farmer. More agricultural events can be found here: http://www.stackyard.com/orgs/agricultural_shows/dates.html
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January 2014
18 January to 21 April - Felt Through Contact - Viltkontaktgroep 20 Years On
Farfield Mill is the only venue in the UK for an exhibition which show-cases the work of 53 members of Viltkontactgroep a 500 strong group which is celebrating its 21st anniversary. A midwinter feast of creativity, colour and inspiration throughout the entire arts centre ranges from functional objects to fashion items to works of art – pots, hats, wall-hangings, jewellery, jackets, toys, cushions and not least exotic ball-gowns – illustrating beautifully a great number of felting techniques and what can be achieved by them. No piece of felt work is the same; the possibilities of wool are endless.
Venue: Farfield Mill
More details: http://www.farfieldmill.org/index.php?id=howgill#c1306
31 January - National Sheep Association Eastern Region Winter Fair
Visitors can enjoy live demonstrations and competitions, including an NSA Young Shepherd of the Year  The Fair will host a range of Breed Society stands and exhibitions by industry organisations as well as 61 trade stands.
Venue: Melton Mowbray Livestock Market, Melton Mowbray
More details: http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/event-detail.php?EventID=116
31 January to 17 May - Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol
This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before.
Venue: Fashion and Textile Museum, London SE1
More details: www.ftmlondon.org
February 2014
22 to 23 February - Unravel
Venue: Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
More details: https://farnhammaltings.com/festivals/unravel/
March 2014
7 to 19 March - Contemporary Textile Fair
Venue: Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, London TW11 9NN
More details: http://www.landmarkartscentre.org/whats-on/visual-arts.html#f140307
13 to 16 March - The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show
Venue: Olympia Two and Olympia West Hall, London
More details: http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/
April 2014
26 to 27 April - Wonderwool Wales
Venue: Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells
More details: http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk/
26 April to 29 June - Metamorphosis - The British Tapestry Group
The British Tapestry Group are bringing a new exhibition extending the theme of “historic influences and contemporary mischief” to Farfield Mill. This exciting new exhibition plays with the concept of change/transition on a number of different levels.
Venue: Farfield Mill
More details: http://www.farfieldmill.org/index.php?id=howgill#c1306
27 April to 26 May - Stroud International Textiles Spring Select
Venue: various around Stroud
More details: http://www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk/index.html
May 2014
9 to 12 May - Collect
International art fair for contemporary objects including work by textile makers and artists.
Venue: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
More details: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect/
17 May to 6 July - Pinnies from Heaven
Originated by independent cultural historian Ruth Furlong, the exhibition beautifully illustrates the role that this familiar garment – the pinafore – has played in popular culture. Contemporary textile artists have been invited to create pinnies specifically for the exhibition and these may be in a wide variety of materials such as fabrics, wire, plastics, and found objects. We are delighted to be including work by Tilleke Schwarz, internationally known for her exquisite embroidered textiles and artist Jennifer Collier who creates wonderful 3D artworks in reclaimed papers.
Venue: The Makers Guild in Wales, Craft in the Bay, The Flourish, Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff CF10 4QH
More details: http://www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/
22 to 24 May - Devon County Show
Venue: Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ
More details: http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/
22 May to 1 June - Cornwall Open Studios 2014
The artists and makers (including textiles) open their studios.
Venue: various
More details: http://openstudioscornwall.tumblr.com/
24 May - Fibre Festival 2014
Venue: Chipping Norton Town Hall
More details: http://www.thefibreworks.co.uk/events.html
24 May - Highland Wool Festival
Venue: Dingwall Mart, IV15 9TP
More details: http://www.highlandwoolfestival.co.uk/
28 to 31 May - Royal Bath and West Show
Venue: The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN
More details: http://www.bathandwest.com/home/1/
31 May to 28 June - Wool and Willow Festival
Venue: The Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Powys
More details: http://www.woolandwillowfestival.org/
June 2014
4 June - National Sheep Association Scot Sheep 2014
Venue: Quixood, Grantshouse, Berwickshire
More details: http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/event-detail.php?EventID=77
5 to 7 June - Royal Cornwall Show
Venue: The Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7JE
More details: http://royalcornwallshow.org/
6 to 8 June - The Contemporary Craft Festival
Exhibitors including textiles, plus workshops, childrens craft tent, Aim Higher showcasing art and design courses, craft supplies, live music, catering.
Venue: Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon
More details: www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk
25 to 28 June - New Designers Part 1
An exhibition by graduate and emerging designers, Part 1 shows the work of textile, fashion and accessory designers, as well as ceramics, glass and jewellery.
Venue: Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 0QH
More details: http://www.newdesigners.com/
26 to 27 and 30 June to 1 July - Weaving and Spinning at Fairfield Mill
Venue: Fairfield Mill, Garsdale Road Sedbergh Cumbria LA10 5LW
More details: http://www.farfieldmill.org/
27 to 28 June - Woolfest
Venue: Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QQ
More details: http://www.woolfest.co.uk/
28 June - National Sheep Association South Sheep 2014
Venue: Blackcap Farm, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex
More details: http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/event-detail.php?EventID=93
July 2014
21 to 24 July - Royal Welsh Show
Venue: Builth Wells, Wales
More details: http://www.rwas.co.uk/royal-welsh-show/
26 July - Mid Devon Show
Venue: Hartnoll Farm, Post Hill, Tiverton EX16 4NG
More details: http://www.middevonshow.co.uk/#
26 to 27 July - FibreEast
Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedford 
More details: http://www.fibre-east.co.uk/Fibre-East/Home.html
30 July - National Sheep Association Sheep Event 2014
Venue: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
More details: http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/event-detail.php?EventID=76
August 2014
4 and 5 August - The Glastonbury Golden Fleece Experience
Exciting News! For our 5th year celebration in 2014, The Glastonbury Wool and Alpaca Festival is relaunching as The Glastonbury Golden Fleece Experience! The scope and scale of the 2014 event is completely enhanced to host the entire event—wool businesses and traders, artisans, demonstrators, specials events, sheep events and many others—all at one venue. The now famous Glastonbury sheep and alpaca will continue their annual run down the High Street!
Venue: Glastonbury, Somerset
More details: http://www.glastonburywoolfestival.co.uk/
6 August - North Devon Show
Venue: Umberleigh Barton Farm, Umberleigh, EX37 9DX
More details: http://www.northdevonshow.com/
23 to 31 August - Drawn to the Valley Open Studios 2014
The Drawn to the Valley group was formed in 2003 by the artists themselves, mainly as a support network but also in order to promote the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to contribute to the regeneration of the local economy through selling exhibitions and Open Studios. We now have over 160 members, ranging from painters and printmakers to ceramicists, sculptors, calligraphers, jewellers and textile artists.
Venue: various around Devon & Cornwall border
More details: www.drawntothevalley.co.uk
September 2014
5 to 7 September - Bristol Wool Fair
Venue: Durdham Downs, Bristol
More details: http://bristolwoolfair.co.uk/home.html
6 and 7 September - British Wool Weekend
Venue: Hall 2, Yorkshire Event Centre, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8QZ
More details: http://britishwool.net/BWW/Home.html
6 and 7 September - Dorset County Show
Venue: Dorchester Showground, DT2 7SD
More details: http://www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk/page/home
6 to 21 September - Devon Open Studios 2013
Devon Open Studios is a unique opportunity to meet artists and makers (including textiles) in their studios in some of the most beautiful, unexplored parts of Devon. In addition to being able to buy art direct from the creator, many demonstrate, give talks or give you a chance to have a go.
Venue: various
More details: www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/home
27 and 28 September - Yarndale
Yarndale is an exciting new venture which aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of wool, cotton, linen and silk fibres in all their forms. The event will bring together an inspiring mix of retailers, manufacturers, craft workers and artisans from all over the country who are passionate about beautiful yarns, threads and textile treasures.
Venue: Skipton Auction Mart, North Yorkshire
More details: http://yarndale.co.uk/
October 2014
4 to 12 October - Shetland Wool Week
Venue: various around Shetland
More details: http://www.shetlandwoolweek.com/
18 to 19 October - Bakewell Wool Gathering
Venue: Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AH
More details: http://bakewellwool.co.uk/
November 2014
December 2014
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