‘Forgotten’ crafts are showcased

Worcester News: OLD SKILLS: Betty Ballard on an inkle loom at the Earth Fest, held at the Fold, Bransford. OLD SKILLS: Betty Ballard on an inkle loom at the Earth Fest, held at the Fold, Bransford.

THE ‘forgotten arts’ of weaving, crafting and smithing were among exhibitions drawing the crowds at a celebration of alternative living.

Growing in visitor numbers every year is the Earth Fest at the Fold in Bransford, near Worcester, where “sustainability, creativity and health” are the key themes celebrated, according to director Will Tooby.

Shoppers had a look around the market area, with locally produced wares including home-made preserves from Emily’s Jams and Pickles, of Warndon Villages, Worcester, whose speciality is the fiery Thai fried chilli chutney.

There were blacksmiths and leather-making, rug and quilt-making and a hands-on display from the Worcestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

Treasurer Betty Ballard was demonstrating the inkle loom to make a handbag strap, while two weavers span Cotswold wool to make thread.

The Guild is always looking for new members. It meets at Lower Broadheath Memorial Hall once a month. Details are available at worcsgwsd.org.uk.

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