THE dreams of 700 children have been woven into a ‘technicolour dreamcoat’ to be displayed at the first ever Sheepfest next month.
The youngsters, from schools in Sedbergh and the surrounding area, have each created a six inch square with their ‘dream’ written down and sealed into the back, which have been woven into a coat put together by designer to the stars, Stevie Stewart.
“I thought there was no harm in asking her,” said Anne Pierson of Farfield Mill, who is overseeing the organisation of Sedbergh’s Sheepfest. “She loved the idea and said yes immediately. It was not until later I discovered she is currently designing for Ballet Rambert and Kylie Minogue’s forthcoming UK tour. We are really very lucky.”
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The weaving was done under the tutelage of artist Donna Campbell, of community arts collective, Art Sense. The youngsters were able to choose their own colours - and have been promised their dreams will never be disclosed.
Now the dreamcoat is being kept firmly under wraps ahead of Sheepfest, which will be held next month to celebrate Sedbergh’s textile history.
Planning and fund-raising for the festival started 18 months ago to celebrate Sedbergh as a wool town - and in recent months local people have been hard at work designing dozens of life-size sheep, which will be displayed around the town over the weekend.
The coat will be unveiled at the start of the festival, by Claire Hensman, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria.
Any children aged between six and 12 who are attending the festival will also be able to weave their own dream square, and attach it to the coat.
To book a free hour-long workshop on either the Saturday or Sunday, phone Farfield Mill 01539-621 958.