The Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers


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Current Events

Until 21 April 2019

Embroidered Stories - Scottish samplers

Get an insight into the lives of children in the 18th and 19th centuries through this unique collection of Scottish samplers on loan from American collector Leslie B. Durst.

Venue: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF


Until 22 April 2019

Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art

The creative tension between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas, provides the starting point for Ctrl/Shift, the latest exhibition from The 62 Group of Textile Artists. The exhibition enables participating artists to explore projects which manifest as transformations in their practice. Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme; in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative and contemporary themes and ideas, and evolving technologies.

Venue: National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW

Website: http://www.

Until 25 April 2019

Material: Textile

An exhibition, featuring clothes from 8th century Peru to 21st century Denmark as well as prints, rugs, tapestries and embroideries made by some of the greatest names in Western art.

Venue: Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW


Until 27 April 2019


Threads is a group exhibition by Quinary. Threads of memory or memories of thread: through cloth and stitch we explore family, place, missing threads and threads that bind us together and set us free.

11.00am – 4.00pm

Closed Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd

Venue: Lansdown Gallery, Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1BB


Until 28 April 2019

Danish Tapestry: An Anniversary Exhibition

The 20th anniversary by the Danish Tapestry Group of an exhibition which marked the start of the restoration of the art of tapestry weaving in Denmark.

Venue: Vendsyssel Kuntsmuseum, P Norkjaers Plad 15, 9800 Hjorring, Denmark


Until 30 April 2019

Welsh Costume

A display of Welsh folk dancing costumes made from Welsh flannel.

Venue: National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire SA44 5UP


Until 06 May 2019

Certaine Wytches. Fear, Myth & Magic

'Certaine Wytches' is an exhibition of large and small-scale knotted tapestries by textile artist Anne Jackson. These contemporary tapestries explore the history of witchcraft and witch-persecution, both as commemoration and as a metaphor for our contemporary fears. The work derives from detailed historical research, using original witch-trial documents and populist pamphlets of the Early Modern period. The work explores and brings to life a dark period of European history with resonances of what is happening in contemporary societies. The voices of the persecuted women are woven into the striking tapestries. 


Alongside these thought provoking works there will be a number of additional events, including a day of artistic and academic discussion at The University of Exeter and free drop-in workshops.

Venue: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF


Until 12 May 2019

Cultural Threads

Textiles as a tool for socio-political reflection.  In a world where boundaries are increasingly blurred the exhibition presents work by contemporary artists.

Venue: TextielMuseum, Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg, Netherlands


Until 12 May 2019

Theo Wright: When Waves Collide

When Waves Collide is a project by Coventry-based textile artist and weaver Theo Wright, that explores a range of interactions between two wave-forms through a collection of handwoven textiles.

Two sine waves are woven into the structure of each textile and the project looks at what happens when the two different waves interact. The waves are incorporated in both the warp and weft of each work, forming patterns of circles and curves that intersect across the fabric.

Theo weaves each piece by hand on a 16-shaft loom using a cotton yarn. The shafts of the loom are threaded in two interleaved sequences that represent the sine waves. The threading is different for each piece in the collection. An interleaved sequence following the same principles is used in the weft.  Bold use of colour emphasises the two wave-forms in each work. 

Venue: National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW


Until 19 May 2019

Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

Fabric Africa is a stunning snapshot of the diversity of modern and historic textiles from across the continent of Africa.

Venue: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL

Website: http://www.bristolmuseums.

Until 19 May 2019

Painting with Cloth

New textiles by Cas Holmes explore the 'in between' spaces connecting land, place and environment.

Venue: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX


Until 19 May 2019

Living Colours: Kasane - The Language of Japanese Colour Combinations

This exhibition explores the work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Kyoto. The Japanese have long had a deep appreciation of colour and a close relationship with their natural surroundings and the changing of the seasons. This exhibition aims to show how this has been expressed by the careful creation of colour combinations and how Yoshioka has studied and developed Japan’s age-old natural dyeing techniques showing its vibrant colour culture.

Venue: Japan House, 101 - 111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA


Until 27 May 2019

The 4th Cordis Prize for Tapestry

An exhibition of the shortlisted tapestries for the Cordis Prize 2019.

Venue: Inverleith House Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR


Until 01 June 2019

Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World

From Syria, Iraq, Turkey & Yemen - the four corners of the Ka'bah - textiles from the Whitworth's collection will be brought together, extending to the widest reaches of influence of the Islamic world.

Venue: The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

Website: http://

Until 09 June 2019

Weaving the Coast

Exhibition in the Long Gallery at Oriel Ynys Mon. Tapestries by Ros Hornbuckle.

These tapestries celebrate the beauty of the coast of Wales. Mountains, sea, beach, rocks, birds and sky, and the ever changing effect of weather and light, are all my inspiration.

The many hours spent weaving the coastenhances my affection for and relationship with this country.

Venue: Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7TQ


Until 23 June 2019

Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape

An exhibition by Alison Ellen (knitting); Julie Hedges(ply-split braiding); Ann Richards (weaving); and Deidre Wood (weaving) exploring the fascinating ways that shapes can emerge spontaneously from the interplay of raw materials and structure.

Venue: Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7AL


Until 27 June 2019


The new TRC exhibition includes examples of velvet dating from the late fifteenth century to the present day. There are over 100 garments and textiles, ranging from samples of cotton, linen, mohair, silk and wool velvet (some of which visitors can touch), velveteens, kuba velvets, to children’s velvet garments, wedding dresses, not to mention a wide range of velvet hats! A real feast for the senses.

Venue: Textile Research centre, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, Netherlands


Until 29 June 2019

Orla Keily A Life in Pattern

Popular designer Orla Kiely is celebrated for her plant based patterns that pack a powerful graphic punch on everyday life.

Her flat graphic style and choice of colour palette have chimed with recent nostalgia for vintage style and interiors, this exhibition explores why the rhythms and repeats of her designs have such wide and enduring appeal. With unique access to the company archives, this exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world. Re-visiting the work of other twentieth century luminaries in pattern design, this exhibition explores the story of pattern and how some designs can come to epitomise the style of their time.

This exhibition was previously shown at the Fashion & Textile Museum London.

See the Dovecot Studios website for details of events associated with the exhibition.

Venue: Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT


Until 29 June 2019

Dovecot Patterns

Twenty tapestries woven by Dovecot weavers.

Venue: Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT


Until 29 June 2019


Sheep is a project designed to create a dialogue around the upland landscape of Mid Wales. The exhibition will explore its history, heritage and culture as a sheep farming community, and in particular the ecology and future uses of the land in relation to current discussions about land management and the future of farming in Wales

Venue: Ceredigion Museum, Coliseum, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth SY23 2AQ


Until 14 July 2019

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

Venue: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


Until 14 July 2019

Under Your Feet: The Contemporary Rug

Under Your Feet: The Contemporary Rug is a celebration of rugs designed in the British Isles. Nineteen of the best rug makers today are represented in this exhibition. Their rugs will be spread out in a colourful, textured and timely reminder that underfoot, or on a wall, rugs remain as vibrant and relevant as any other craft medium.

Venue: Ruthin Craft Centre, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1BB

Website: http://

Until 30 September 2019

Multaka: Connecting Threads

The Collection: Textiles from the Arab World

Multaka volunteers at the Pitt Rivers Museum have worked closely with staff to add new perspectives to a collection of textiles, recently donated by Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul. Jenny is a researcher, collector of worldwide textiles and a renowned expert on indigo dye. In 2016, she offered the Museum a selection of textiles purchased during her travels around the Middle East and North Africa during the 1970s and 1980s.

Venue: Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Rd Oxford OX1 3PP


Future Events

27 - 28 April 2019

Wonderwool Wales

Wonderwool Wales covers all aspects of felting, knitting, weaving, spinning & crochet along with textile art, with raw materials, equipment, books & finished products to buy. There are demonstrations and a selection of animals on display including sheep, angora rabbits, angora goats & alpacas.It includes a series of Woolschools throughout the weekend which can be booked in advance online.

Venue: Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells LD2 3SY


28 April - 10 November 2019

Luxury on the Nile: Late Antique Attire from Egypt

Lavishly decorated clothes played an important role in society even 1500 years ago.  Dress could be used to express dignity, rank and high standards. This special exhibition presents several tunics of the 5th - 7th centuries and numerous small woven panels which once decorated tunics.

Venue: Abegg-Stiftung, Werner Abeggstrasse 67, CH-3132 Riggisberg Switzerland


03 May - 30 June 2019

Thread: Contemporary Textiles

This is an exhibition of all forms of textile arts including embroidery, cross stitch, tapestry and more. The exhibition shows how textile art today goes beyond the purely decorative, showing its connections to folk traditions, abstract art, word and activism.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhill, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DQ


04 - 05 May 2019

Knit & Stitch Show

The show will feature over 40 selected exhibitors from across the UK carefully curated by Sarah Peel of CoolCrafting and Marion Woolcott, formerly of Woolfest, celebrating the finest yarns, natural wool and knits, spinning, weaving, cross stitch, applique, quilting, felting, block printing, haberdashery and much more!  Includes talks, demonstrations, workshops and bookable masterclasses.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DQ


07 - 19 May 2019

Material Matters

Jacy Wall, woven tapestries and original prints. Björk Haraldsdóttir, ceramics

Part of the Select Arts Festival 2019

For more information contact

Venue: Lansdown Art Gallery, Stroud, GL5 1BB


07 May - 31 August 2019

Lines and Fragments

Artist and basketmaker Tim Johnson makes contemporary baskets rooted in world traditions. Based on the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia he uses a wide variety of plant materials harvested in the countryside and along the urban margins of his home town. The specific properties of these plant materials combined with diverse techniques gleaned from researches and experimentation give endless possibilities for creativity and expression.

Venue: Crafts Study Centre, Falkner Rd, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS


08 - 12 May 2019

London Craft week

Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, this year the festival brings together over 240 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

Many textile-related events (talks, exhibitions & workshops) including:

A Second Life. Woven Waste - Installation From a Regenerating Site.  Battersea Power Station.

Bamford x Injiri: Traditional Indian Handweaving & Embroidery Class.

Blue Innovations: Contemporary Czech Indigo Prints

LUACHANNA: PINCH x Mourne Textiles

Indigo Hands - an installation of hand-dyed indigo flags by BUAISOU and indigo dyeing workshops.

Full programme and details of venues, times etc on the website.

Venue: Various


11 - 12 May 2019

Buxton Wool Gathering

A wool festival dedicated to the best of yarn, knitting, and crochet, in the gateway to the Peak District.

Venue: Buxton Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE


18 - 19 May 2019


A celebration of all things woolly.

Venue: Lower Drayton Farm Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5RE


25 May 2019

Tawe Guild Friendship Day

With sales table, raffle, an afternoon talk, refreshments and a few extras!

10.30 - 4.  For more information:


Venue: The Cross, Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4HU

08 - 09 June 2019


Covering a wide range of textile disciplines from embroidery and mixed media to weaving and felting, Textravaganza will provide a unique opportunity to meet textile artists from across the North, buy their work, discover the workshops they run, and chat about the materials and techniques they use.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DQ


15 June 2019

Somerset Fleece Fair

To celebrate seventy years of the Somerset Guild, we are planning an extra big and exciting Fleece Fair this year. You will be able to buy direct from top producers of fleece from a wide variety of sheep and alpaca including lots of rare breeds. Help will be on hand for "fleece novices". Yarns, tops and equipment also on sale. Demonstrations and refreshments.  From 09.30 a.m.


Venue: Village Hall, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton TA3 6SG.

Website: http://www.

21 June - 08 September 2019

Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru

Weavers of the Clouds brings the captivating designs of Peru to the UK, showcasing some of the world’s oldest and most colourful art and textiles. Peru has a world-renowned heritage of fibre arts and costumes, from a lineage that dates back thousands of years.

Weavers of the Clouds explores the processes and practices of both historic and contemporary Peruvian costume via garments, textiles, photographs, tools, illustrations and paintings, dating from pre-Hispanic to present day.

Venue: Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF


26 - 29 June 2019

New Designers and One Year In

Week 1 at New Designers, 26 - 29 June, will showcase: Textiles & Fashion, Costume Design, Surface Pattern Design, Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery, Contemporary Design Crafts.

Includes One Year In - designers who were featured in the 2018 show.

Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH


28 June - 10 August 2019

Sewing the Seeds

A Summer Exhibition by Fabricate the textile group from the western fells. Felt, stitch, print, spin and weave

Inspired by ‘Get Buzzing’ Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Pollinator Initiative

Further details:  01946 824946

Venue: Florence Arts Centre, Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR


05 July - 21 September 2019

Bizarre and Curious Silks: Hannah Robson

Hannah often combines weaving with techniques borrowed from lace-making or basketry. She thinks sculpturally about thread pathways to create technically ambitious surfaces and forms. Bizarre and Curious Silks is shown in collaboration with the Huguenot Museum where Hannah will present work inspired by the texile heritage and techniques of the Huguenots.

Venue: Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX

Website: http://

12 - 24 July 2019

Reflections: Textile Art Group Suffolk

Venue: Snape Maltings, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SP


20 July 2019

Mid Essex Guild Jill Goodwin Friendship day

Refreshments, sales table, raffle and spinning wheel servicing.

Further information:

Venue: Grange Barn, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1RE


27 - 28 July 2019

Weavers Market

The Weaver´s Market in Haslach is located in the narrow streets of the oldest part of the town. 100 exhibitors from several nations will be displaying a range of their textile creations, all of them exquisite hand-made products. The market is renowned far beyond the area for the high quality of the goods as well as for its pleasant atmosphere and has been recognised with a prize on several occasions. Every year a mixed jury selects the participants from the several hundred applicants. Beside the Weaver´s Market also the so called „Faserzone“ takes place,  a yarn and material fair where producers and traiders can offer their goods.

Venue: Haslach, Austria


28 - 31 July 2019

European Textile Network Conference 2019

In 2019 the ETN conference will be held in Haslach, Austria. The motto will be ‘Garden of Eden’ thus linking a wide range of cultural and historical themes with questions of today.The European Textile Network (ETN) is an international association founded in 1991 with the aim of promoting exchange between nations and strengthening European community spirit through the textile medium after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Every two years, a large international conference takes place in different countries at locations with a textile background.
From 28th until 31st July 2019 the 19th ETN-conference will be held at the Textile Centre Haslach, a multifunctional place in the north of Austria, where museum, education and production meet under the roof of an old textile mill. Haslach is host to an international textile symposium, called Textile Kultur Haslach, with many workshops, exhibitions and a weavers market. The 2019 ETN conference will be embedded in this event.
The motto of the conference will be ‘Garden of Eden’. Accompanying the ETN conference we will be showing textile exhibitions throughout the region. Visiting these exhibitions and traveling through our beautiful rural region will make you experience the ‘Garden of Eden’ here in Haslach and its surrounding area.

Associated with the conference are workshops, the Weavers Market and exhibitions.  see website for details.

Venue: Haslach, Austria


04 - 11 August 2019

Association Summer School 2019: A Textile Heritage

One week residential Summer School with a wide range of courses offered. Full details of the courses on the website.

Applications close 31 December 2018

Venue: Askham Bryant College, York YO23 3FR


19 August - 28 September 2019

Out of Synch

An exhibition of new work by weaver Theo Wright.

Venue: Handweavers Studio, 140 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7NS


14 September - 16 November 2019

Indian Threads

An exhibition of works resulting from a Wales / India exchange programme by textile artists. Includes weaving, digital print on cloth and stitched work.

Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE


14 September - 18 January 2020

Our Linen Stories

The final venue for an exhibition which toured a number of venues in Scotland in 2018.

Linking art, design and industry, the exhibition explores a rich heritage, new work and insights into contemporary materials and manufacturing at home and abroad. Five Storybooks, printed on linen paper, are available to read at the exhibition stations: Featured Designers: Linen Journeys in Design, European Unions, Art & Acquisition, Plant & Production and Supply & Sustainability. Our Exhibition Design is in collaboration with artist Nick Sargent. Our Linen Storybooks are created in collaboration with Alison Newman of PULP.

Venue: The Dovecot Gallery, 10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT


21 - 22 September 2019

Tokyo Spinning Party : Hand Weaving

Tokyo Spinning Party has Exhibitors and Trade Stands covering all aspects of Dyeing, Spinning, Weaving, Braiding, Knitting, Crochet, Felting along with Textile Art with raw materials, equipments, books. There are also demonstrations, workshops and lectures. This is the 17th Tokyo Spinning Party.

OPEN : 10:00-17:00
ADMISSION FEE : 1000yen/each day
Please pay at Hall.
Admission for those under 15 years of age is free.

Venue: 3-9-10 Koutoubashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0022 Japan


28 September - 06 October 2019

Shetland Wool Week

Shetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on these islands. This year there will be an extensive range of exhibitions, classes and events, which will cover many different subjects. These will include; weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting as well as many other fascinating subject areas. Events will take place from the most southern tip of the Shetland, right up to the most northerly island of Unst, famous for its beautiful lacework, with many locations in between.


See website for full details.

Venue: Various venues in the Shetland Isles


04 October - 04 January 2020

Flax, Fibres and Plant Dyes

Kent Cloth textile works by Francesca Baur.  This approach advocates a slower approach to creating natural local textiles with a story that employs traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to making natural plant dyes. It is a botanical journey from the flax fields of Belgium and Normandy to the White Cliffs of Dover, and around the 'Garden of England'.

Venue: Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Website: http://

05 October 2019

West Wales Wool Show 2019

The West Wales Wool Show in Narberth is a celebration of all things woolly. From beautifully hand crafted items, clothing and footwear to knitting wool, fleece and all the equipment needed to make at home. Demonstrations run throughout the day with stall holders sharing their skills and knowledge with visitors plus wool skill workshops such as felting.

Venue: Queens Hall & Hyfrid Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire


12 October 2019

All-Wales Event 2019

The All-Wales Event for Spinners, Weavers and Dyers - suppliers stands, exhibitions of work by the Welsh Guilds, the Guild Challenge, raffle and sales table. Riitta Sinkkonen Davies will give a talk on My Weaving Life.

Venue: Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6BY


12 - 13 October 2019

Wild About Wool

A knitting and wool craft event

Knitting is a traditional craft that has been dated back to the 11th century in Eygpt. A special Wild About Wool knitting event and discover different types of wool and help solve your knitting conundrums by talking to friendly experts.

This event is suitable for all ages and levels, from beginners to experienced knitters.

Venue: Chilterns Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

Website: http:///

25 - 26 October 2019

Captivating Colour

East Sussex Guild exhibition with trade stalls, demonstrations, scarf raffle & refreshments.

Venue: Lewes Town Hall, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2QS


25 October - 27 April 2019

Wandering Thread

The biennial exhibition by Peter Tavy Guild of WSD. Our members have been taking inspiration from the work and influences of Bobbie Cox our founding President. Some of Bobbie's own work will also be on show.

The exhibition is open 10am to 4pm.


Venue: Peter Tavy Village Hall and Chapel


07 - 08 November 2019

Dyes in History and Archaeology 2019

The biennial conference focussing on historic dyeing technques. The 2019 conference will be held in Amsterdam - details to follow.

30 November - 05 January 2020

Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Thread

An exhibition of work by members of the Hampshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.

Venue: Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, hampshire RG28 7AL


19 - 21 June 2020

Guild Gathering: Colour - The Full Spectrum

Residential and non-residential weekend event with keynote speakers, practical sessions, demonstrations, talks and a Saturday evening dinner.

Further details from:

Venue: University of Worcester


05 - 20 September 2020

National Exhibition 2020: Coal, Cotton, Canals

The biennial exhibition of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, organised by the North West and Online guilds.

The theme for the juried section will be 'Coal, Cotton, Canals'. The theme for the unjuried section will be 'Still Waters'.

The exhibition will coincide with the opening of the Leigh branch of the Leeds to Liverpool canal, which will be celebrated during Heritage Weekend.

Venue: Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh WN7 2LB


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