Karoo Winter WOOL Festival
Introducing the first ever Karoo Winter Wool Festival this June.
Our vision for the Karoo Winter Wool festival is to create a unique experience that promotes one of the products that the Karoo is most famous for, wool. We hope to create an opportunity to educate people about wool, why it is such a wonderful fibre and how it becomes the garments and items that we use everyday (Farm – Fashion ; Shed – Shop) . Not only do we want to show the process, but we also want to celebrate all the businesses that are creating beautiful woollen products with our South African wool. We would like to give all woollen product producers an opportunity to showcase their products and share their stories and develop strong networks, therefore helping to strengthen the wool network in South Africa.
Knit a square to show you care.
18 July 2022
What an uncertain time we find ourselves in, BUT one thing that IS certain, is that people do care and are eager to help. How do I know this? I have just experienced it.
From the moment the word went out about the Knit a square project, the squares began to come in. No need for cajoling or reminding, the squares arrived! Inexperienced knitters asked for assistance with their knitting, experienced knitters enquired about knitting ‘fancier’ squares and some folk even got their domestic workers helping with the project. Two yarn manufacturers donated yarn so we were able to hand that out to whoever needed it and this yarn has also been used to put the squares together.
To date, close on 700 squares have been handed in and it seems we should have about 20 blankets to donate. Folk from the community are currently sewing or crocheting the squares together and so we expect to be handing out the blankets to the needy within the next week.
What a heart-warming picture is conjured up in my mind when I think of all the ladies that have lovingly knitted squares and that each of these squares will contribute to keeping a needy person warm. The blankets are such a kaleidoscope of colours too that I’m sure they will lift the spirits of the recipients.
I would like to thank each and every contributor to this project for making this such a resounding success. Your willingness to help has been so inspiring. May each of the knitters as well as the recipients be blessed by this project.
It is definitely hip to be square!!!!
P.S. If you feel inspired to do so, you may start knitting your squares for next year as we trust this will become an annual project!!!
written by Di Trollip
Wool Festival Updates
Knit your square to show you care...
Start knitting your square to donate to the Karoo Winter Wool Festival square drive co-ordinated by St Barnabas Church.
Bring your square to the knitting corner at the Karoo Winter Wool Market or knit a square at the festival where wool, needles and comfortable seating will be provided.
All squares will be made into lovely blankets for those who battle the Karoo winter with little warmth or shelter.
Contact : Di Trollip - 072 340 1475 & Wendy van Lingen 072 251 7097
Woolmark Prize winners coming to Middelburg for the first Karoo Winter Wool Festival
The Karoo Winter Wool Festival is a space for celebration, collaboration and learning as the fashion and agricultural industries collide on this wool producing farm in the heart of the Karoo.
We are so honoured to announce that the incredible design duo Mmusomaxwell will be joining us at the first ever Karoo Winter wool festival in collaboration with TWYG Africa Textile Talks. Mmusomaxwell is a brand known for its stunning ready-to-wear high end women's garments. Their brand celebrates African culture and heritage as well as the textiles and artisans who form part of it. The duo recently won the prestigious Karl Lagerfeld Award for innovation at the International Woolmark Prize.
Cath them at the Winter Wool Festival in Middelburg (EC) from the 24th to the 26th June, or online during TWYG's African Textile Talks.
COR and TWYG Circle of Care
Twyg and City of Refugee are teaming up to hold a wonderful intimate community circle of care creativity project during the upcoming Karoo Winter Wool festival. We look forward to seeing the beautiful creations that are bound to come out of the healing morning of textile creativity.
We are excited to be partnering with Unie Laerskool in the organising of the Children's corner of the Karoo Winter Wool Festival. Unie Laerskool has some exciting activities up their sleeves to entertain the little ones while you listen to some speakers, explore the market or do a workshop. All proceeds will be going to the school to help create a better learning environment for the children of Steynsberg.
Middelburg Ratepayers Forum doing their bit!
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This festival is all about celebrating natural fibres and all things authentically Karoo! Come Dance the night away in a Karoo wool shed, run or ride through the beautiful Karoo Koppies, learn about wool, marvel at unique South African made woollen products, indulge in delicious Karoo food and drink, make friends and perhaps some new business connections. There is plenty of kids’ entertainment so bring your children along.