Rural Skills

NB: Details of the 2018 Festival will be available soon. The information on these pages refers to the 2017 Festival.

In the Demonstration Area

Try your hand at learning a new rural skill in the Festival’s Demonstration Area.

10am – Poppom Making with Fluph

Want the perfect finish for that hat? Drop into the Rural Skills demonstration area between 10am and 11.30am and Leona, from Dundee’s fabulous fluph shop  and Rusty Ferret Yarns and some chums will be to help you make the perfect pompom.

This is a free, drop-in session, so it’s first come, first served. Suitable for over age 5; under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

12 noon – Broomstick crochet workshop

Marilyn Caddell, from Lanarkshire Spinners and Weavers, hosts a “broomstick crochet” workshop. Crochet skills useful but not essential. Suitable for age 12 and over.

A small charge of £5, payable on the day direct to Marilyn, covers the cost of pin, stick and some wool.

Places are limited; you can book in advance by emailing; otherwise places will be available to book on the day of the Festival at the Lanarkshire Spinners and Weavers stand in the main concourse.

2-4pm – Willow weaving with John Cowan

Try your hand at willow weaving with John Cowan of John Cowan Baskets and make an item to take home for free!

Places are limited – book on the day at John’s stand in the main concourse. Best be quick!



Beeswax candle rolling

Lanarkshire Beekeepers will be in the demonstration area from 2pm with a free drop-in session for children aged 4 and over making rolled beeswax candles. First come, first served for this one.

Lanarkshire Spinners and Weavers

Lanarkshire Spinners and Weavers will be on hand to let folk have a go at spinning raw fleece. If you would like to try your hand (and feet) at spinning, drop by the stand in the main concourse.

Saddlery Training Scotland

Working leather can be a useful skill. Philip and Karen Howard from Saddlery Training Scotland will be on their stand during the day and will be happy to chat about leather work and to give folk a chance to try some simple stitching.