The Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers

Diary

In view of the government advice to combat the coronavirus outbreak please check with the event website before visiting any of the exhibitions / events listed here.

Note: only regions that currently have live events appear in the drop-down menu.

Current Events

Until 02 December 2020

Sustainable Textiles: Made to last

Drawn from the Oriel’s textile collection, artefacts which would not look out of place in homes today that show  how traditionally items of clothing were made to last.

Venue: Oriel Môn, Rhosmeirch, Llangefni, LI77 7TQ

Website: http://www.orielmon.org/en-gb/whats-on/sustainable-textiles-made-to-last

Until 18 December 2020

The Techniques Shaping Japanese Textiles

An exhibition that explores the influence of Japanese textiles in the UK,presenting eight artists who together have mastered weaving, dyeing, embroidery and stitching techniques, this exhibition proves the vibrancy of Japan-inspired craft in this country. Each artist has their own special story and connection with their craft but when viewed as a whole, their work shows careful consideration towards environmental concerns and the importance of preserving the legacy of textile art in the future.

Advance booking essential

Check the website for online access to the exhibition.

Venue: Embassy of Japan in the UK,101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

Website: http://japantextiles.co.uk/exhibition.html

Until 30 December 2020

World of Threads Festival

Call for submissions opens April 2020. Details of the exhibitions will be available on the website later in the year. Galleries of past exhibits available on the website.

Venue: Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Website: http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com

Until 03 January 2021

Fabric: Touch & Identity

This exhibition explores how clothes and fabric conceal, reveal and seduce through the lenses of art, design, fashion, film and dance. 

Purchase tockets online in advance of your visit.

Online exhibition avaiable with descriptions by artists and curators.

Venue: Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 5HZ

Website: http://www.comptonverney.org.uk/

Until 03 January 2021

Extra Large Tapestries from Picasso and Le Corbusier to Louise Bourgeois

A large-scale retrospective of tapestries designed by artists including Picasso, Le Corbusier, Miró, Vasarely and Louise Bourgeois spanning a 100 year period from after the First World War up to the present.

Venue: Kunsthal , Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam, Netherlands

Website: http://www.kunsthal.nl

Until 17 January 2021

Showpieces -Table damask from Art Nouveau to the Amsterdam School

Table damask designs were regarded as the pinnacle of Dutch textile design in the first half of the 20th century, with damask weaving mills producing ‘artistic’ damask for which they commissioned contemporary designers. Exhibition from the Textiel Museum's extensive collection of Dutch table linen.

Venue: Textiel Museum, Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg, Netherlands

Website: http://www.textielmuseum.nl/en/

Until 31 January 2021

Fabric of the North

A British Tapestry Group exhibition of tapestries showcasing the landscapes, industry and social history of Northern England.

Venue: Kirkleatham Museum, Kirkleathem, Redcar TS10 5NW

Website: http://www.fabricofthenorth.org

Until 21 February 2021

Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild

Out of the Blue celebrates the work of influential design company founded by Tricia Guild OBE. Designers Guild started life in 1970 as a small section of a single shop in Chelsea’s Kings Road. The brand has since evolved and grown into a global enterprise, whose products have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes.

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

Website: http://www.ftmlondon.org/

Until 31 December 2021

Introduction to Studio Practice: Tapestry Weaving

A 1 year part-time study programme, with the option of a 2nd year, in developing a professional art practice.
Tutor: Fiona Hutchison

Registration now open.
Fee : Year 1 £975

Venue: Tapestry Studio 114, Patriothall, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY

Website: http://www.fionahutchison.co.uk

Future Events

28 November - 30 January 2021

Blanket Coverage

An exhibition of contemporary woven blankets curated by Laura Thomas involving makers from across Wales, the UK and internationally: Llio James, Beatrice Larkin, Angie Parker, Eleanor Pritchard, Sioni Rhys Handweavers, Catarina Riccabona, Margo Selby, Maria Sigma, Wallace Sewell, Meghan Spielman, Laura Thomas & Melin Tregwynt.       

Venue: Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, St. Davids Road, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 1PD

Website: http://www.lgac.org.uk

01 January - 31 December 2021

Introduction to Studio Practice: Tapestry Weaving

A 1 year part-time study programme, with the option of a 2nd year, in developing a professional art practice.
Tutor: Fiona Hutchison
Fee : Year 1 £975

 

Venue: Tapestry Studio 114, Patriothall, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY

Website: http://www.fionahutchison.co.uk

14 January - 21 March 2021

Out of Synch

The latest textile art project by Coventry-based weaver Theo Wright exploring the synchronisation and sequencing of design elements.

Admission: Free

Venue: Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org/whats-on/exhibitions/

30 January - 16 January 2022

Animals on damask: the stylized animal motif

Animals were a favourite motif for designers of damask table linen in the Art Nouveau period. Examples from the rich collection of the TextielMuseum plus contemporary table linen also featuring animal patterns, designed and made for the TextielMuseum.

Venue: Textiel Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands

Website: http://www.textielmuseum.nl/en/

04 February 2021

From Buteh to Paisley: The History of a Global Motif

Exhibition opening 4 February 2021, tbc.

The Paisley motif first appeared in Iran under the name of buteh. The exhibition highlights the worldwide diffusion and popularity of the Paisley motif, through an analysis of its travel from East to West and its reinterpretation within 20th century European fashion.   

Venue: Textile Research Centre, Leiden, Netherlands

Website: http://trc-leiden.nl/

06 - 07 February 2021

Exploring Warp and Weft: 3D and shaped tapestry

Tutor: Fiona Hutchison
Fee: £175

Venue: Tapestry Studio 114, Patriothall, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY

Website: http://www.fionahutchison.co.uk

20 February 2021

Weaving in a Day: Folded Purse

Spend a day learning to weave a folded purse.

Fee: £75.00

Venue: Twisting Gallery Studios, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, LS28 5UJ

Website: http://www.sunnybankmills.co.uk

26 February - 26 March 2021

Beginners' Weaving Course


A 5 week course taking place on Fridays between 26 Feb and 26 March 2021.  For complete beginners or those who are keen to develop their weaving skills on a traditional loom.

Fee: £255 plus materials

 

Venue: Twisting Gallery Studios, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, LS28 5UJ.

Website: http://www.sunnybankmills.co.uk

27 February 2021

Natural Dyeing Taster Workshop

Colour from plants using simple techniques you can repeat at home. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some dyeing experience.
Tutor: Debbie Tomkies
Fee: £50.00 plus £10 for materials

Venue: Twisting Gallery Studios, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, LS28 5UJ. West Yorkshire

Website: http://www.sunnybankmills.co.uk/event

27 February 2021

Herringbone weave

Experiment with colour and texture and go home with a herringbone tweed scarf

Tutor: Jan Beadle
Fee: £60

Venue: Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org/whats-on/workshops/

01 - 02 March 2021

Shibori Weaving


During this course you will experiment the art of Shibori weaving.  Will suit beginners and those with weaving experience.

Tutor: Jan Beadle
Fee: £110 plus £5 materials

Venue: Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org/whats-on/workshops/

02 March - 20 May 2021

Conversations: People, Places, Materials, Objects

An exhibition by members of the 62 Group of  Textile Artists.

 

Venue: St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BH

Website: http://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk

03 March 2021

4 Shaft Honeycomb Weaving

Tutor: Jan Beadle
Suitable for beginners and those with more experience wanting to develop their skills.
Fee: £55 plus £5 materials

Venue: Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org/whats-on/workshops/

06 - 07 March 2021

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

Tutor: Fiona Hutchison
Fee: £175

Venue: Tapestry Studio 114, Patriothall, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY

Website: http://www.fionahutchison.co.uk

12 March - 15 August 2021

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom showcases some 150 examples of this treasured textile, originating from all around the world; from mittens to wall hangings and from extravagant 18th-century sun hats to stylish mourning dresses.

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

Website: http://www.ftmlondon.org/

26 March - 26 June 2021

Tapestry goes Pop!

The Woven World of Archie Brennan.  A Dovecot exhibition co-curated with National Museums Scotland.

Venue: Dovecot Gallery, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1L

Website: http://dovecotstudios.com/

27 March 2021

Natural Dyeing Taster Workshop

Colour from plants using simple techniques you can repeat at home. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some dyeing experience.
Tutor: Debbie Tomkies
Fee: £50.00 plus £10 for materials
 

 

Venue: Twisting Gallery Studios, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, LS28 5UJ

Website: http://www.sunnybankmills.co.uk

27 - 28 March 2021

Weekend Weave Workshop

Tutor: James Donald
The workshop will explore selection of yarns, using a warping mill, warping the loom and weaving a fabric length.     
Fee £195

Venue: Coburg House, 15 Coburg Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6ET

Website: http://www.pickone.co.uk/weekend-weave-workshops.html

10 - 11 April 2021

Spring into Wool

Venue: The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8GS

Website: http://www.springintowool.co.uk

18 April 2021

Interactive Weaves

Community workshops and exhibition led by artists from Hotwall Studios. Interactive Weaves will take place outdoors and is suitable for all ages and abilities including wheelchair users. The first workshop will focus on reused textiles and participants will be encouraged to bring old clothing or fabrics from home to contribute to the weave.

 

Venue: The Hotwalls Studios, Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, PO1 2FS

Website: http://hotwallsstudios.co.uk/

24 - 25 April 2021

Weekend Weave Workshop

Tutor: James Donald
The workshop will explore selection of yarns, using a warping mill, warping the loom and weaving a fabric length.     
Fee £195

Venue: Coburg House, 15 Coburg Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6ET

Website: http://www.pickone.co.uk/weekend-weave-workshops.html

29 April - 27 May 2021

Beginners' Weaving Course

A 5 week course taking place on Fridays between April and May 2021.  For complete beginners or those who are keen to develop their weaving skills on a traditional loom.

Fee: £255 plus materials.

 

Venue: Twisting Gallery Studios, Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, LS28 5UJ

Website: http://www.sunnybankmills.co.uk

08 - 09 May 2021

Buxton Woolgathering

 

 

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

Website: http://buxtonwool.co.uk/

16 May 2021

Interactive Weaves

Community workshops and exhibition led by artists from Hotwall Studios. Interactive Weaves will take place outdoors and is suitable for all ages and abilities including wheelchair users.

Venue: The Hotwalls Studios, Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, PO1 2FS

Website: http://hotwallsstudios.co.uk/

22 - 23 May 2021

Weekend Weave Workshop

Tutor: James Donald
The workshop will explore selection of yarns, using a warping mill, warping the loom and weaving a fabric length.     
Fee £195

Venue: Coburg House, 15 Coburg Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6ET

Website: http://www.pickone.co.uk/weekend-weave-workshops.html

29 May 2021

Weaving in a Day: Cushion Cover

Spend a day learning to weave a cushion cover.        
Fee: £75

Venue: Twisting Gallery Studios, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, LS28 5UJ

Website: http://www.sunnybankmills.co.uk/

01 - 02 June 2021

Become a Weaver

Whether you know the basics or have never woven before Jan will take you through the whole process of winding a warp, dressing a loom and weaving cloth.

Tutor: Jan Beadle

Fee: £115

Venue: Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org/whats-on/workshops/

25 - 26 June 2021

Woolfest

Venue: Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QQ

Website: http://www.woolfest.co.uk/

26 - 27 June 2021

Weekend Weave Workshop

Tutor: James Donald
The workshop will explore selection of yarns, using a warping mill, warping the loom and weaving a fabric length.     
Fee £195

Venue: Coburg House, 15 Coburg Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6ET

Website: http://www.pickone.co.uk/weekend-weave-workshops.html

27 June 2021

Interactive Weaves


Community workshops and exhibition led by artists from Hotwall Studios. Interactive Weaves will take place outdoors and is suitable for all ages and abilities including wheelchair users.
 

 

Venue: The Hotwalls Studios, Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, PO1 2F

Website: http://hotwallsstudios.co.uk/

13 July 2021

Tartan Weaving

Will suit beginners and those with a little more experience who will understand how to design a unique fabric.

Tutor:Jan Beadle

Fee: £60

Venue: Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org/whats-on/workshops/

18 July 2021

Interactive Weaves


Community workshops and exhibition led by artists from Hotwall Studios. Interactive Weaves will take place outdoors and is suitable for all ages and abilities including wheelchair users.
 

 

Venue: The Hotwalls Studios, Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, PO1 2FS

Website: http://hotwallsstudios.co.uk

31 July - 01 August 2021

Fibre East

Venue: Redborne Upper School & Community College, Flitwick Road, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2NU

Website: http://fibre-east.co.uk/

15 August 2021

Interactive Weaves


Community workshops and exhibition led by artists from Hotwall Studios. Interactive Weaves will take place outdoors and is suitable for all ages and abilities including wheelchair users.

 

 

Venue: The Hotwalls Studios, Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, PO1 2FS

Website: http://hotwallsstudios.co.uk/

15 - 22 August 2021

AGWSD Summer School

Summer School of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

Venue: Writtle University College, near Chelmsford, Essex

Website: http://www.wsd.org.uk/summer-school-2021

17 - 19 September 2021

Interactive Weaves


An exhibition to mark the end of a the Interactive Weaves project. Weaves made by artists and the community will be on display, celebrating creativity in Portsmouth and collaboration between the public and professional artists.
 

 

Venue: The Hotwalls Studios, Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, PO1 2FS

Website: http://hotwallsstudios.co.uk/

23 - 25 September 2021

VÄV2021

An international weaving fair with exhibitors, workshops and lectures.

Venue: Halmstad, Sweden

Website: http://vav2021.se/en/

25 September - 03 October 2021

Shetland Wool Week

Dates tbc.

A  celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and of the rural farming community across the islands.

Website: http://www.shetlandwoolweek.com

18 - 24 October 2021

19th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium

Mushroom dyeing and fibre workshops, lectures and foraging field trips.

Venue: Port Townsend, WA, USA

Website: http://iffs2020.myshopify.com/

13 November 2021

Textile Society annual conference

The Textile Society annual conference will be on the theme of ‘Tools’.

Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Website: http://www.textilesociety.org.uk/

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