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 16 October 2021

World Textile Day

A free exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles held annually in venues across England, Scotland and Wales.

Going ahead with COVID-safe precautions:

3 Jul 2021 – Central England, Oxfordshire
4 Sep 2021 – Wales, Llanidloes
11 Sep 2021 – Scotland, Bridge of Allan
2 Oct 2021 – West of England, Bristol
9 Oct 2021 – South of England, Hampshire
16 Oct 2021 – East of England, Norfolk

 

Website: http://worldtextileday.co.uk/

Until 22 October 2021

Translating Linen

A collaborative project by Robert Peters and Dr. Anthony O’Kane of digital music created from the DNA structure of flax, the sights and sounds of local linen mills, and a large- scale artwork on linen.

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 5pm.

Free.

 

Venue: R-Space Gallery, The Linen Rooms, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn, NI, BT27 4XE

Website: http://www.rspacelisburn.com/

Until 22 October 2021

Intermediate Weaving Course

A 5 week course for those who may have been on the beginners' weaving course or already have some experience of weaving on a shaft loom.

Tutor Agnis Smallwood

Fridays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fee: £255

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

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

Until 22 October 2021

The Natural World

The exhibition Includes three textiles woven from the silk of golden orb-weaver spiders – Nephila Madagascariensis – native to Madagascar and famous for the colour of their webs.

Venue: Oliver Hoare Ltd., 10 Avenue Studios, Sydney Close, London SW3 6HW

Website: http://oliverhoareltd.com/spidersilk/

Until 24 October 2021

Reflections on Nature- a braider’s view

Biennial exhibition of narrow wares by members of The Braid Society.

Tues- Sun 10am - 5pm (subject to covid restrictions).

 

Venue: Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PG

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

Until 24 October 2021

Continuities - 2000 years of abstract art

Featuring work by 20C and conmtemporary textile artists including eg Anni Albers, Ptolemy Man, in the context of ancient Andean Pre-Columbian archaeological textiles.

Open 10am - 6pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am - 4pm on Sunday.

Venue: The Old Chapel Gallery, Church St, Maiden Bradley, BA12 7HW

Website: http://phfa-ovr.com/

Until 31 October 2021

British Textile Biennial

Set against a backdrop of the infrastructure of the cotton industry in Pennine Lancashire, the Biennial will focus on the global nature of textiles and the relationships they create.  The exhibition will include a major new commission by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid.

Website: http://britishtextilebiennial.co.uk/

Until 06 November 2021

Connections

Twenty eight members of Solway Tapestry Weavers with some invitees have woven their response to their chosen art work from the Gracefield's permanent art collection.

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

Free but advance booking required.

Venue: Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road Dumfries DG1 1JQ

Website: http://www.dgculture.co.uk/venue/gracefield-arts-centre/

Until 06 November 2021

Meet Make Collaborate

A touring exhibition of new individual and collaborative work arising from an international craft exchange project bringing together makers from Mexico, Canada, Thailand and Scotland.

Free, however advanced online booking is essential.

There will also be an online tour on Thursday 30 September 2021, as part of Identity, Collaboration, Sustainability: an online, international festival of craft.


 

Venue: The Barn, Burn O'Bennie Rd, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QA

Website: http://www.appliedartsscotland.org.uk/craft-festival-2021/meet-make-collaborate/

Until 13 November 2021

No Colour No Contrast

A new project from Coventry-based weaver Theo Wright, exploring the use of colour and contrast to produce layered designs using the moiré technique.

Open: Mon – Sat, 10am-6pm

 

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

Website: http://www.theowright.co.uk/nocolournocontrast

Until 21 November 2021

Threads in Sheds

An exhibition of new contemporary weft-faced tapestry weavings by members of the British Tapestry Group from across the UK and internationally.  All work includes a significant element of silk.

See venue website for information on opening times.

Venue: Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7AL.

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

Until 28 November 2021

Connected Cloth

An exhibition by The 62 Group exploring the global nature of textiles as part of the British Textile Biennial.

To find out more about the British Textile Biennial go to: https://britishtextilebiennial.co.uk/

Venue: The Whitaker, Haslingden Road, Rossendale, BB4 6RE

Website: http://www.thewhitaker.org

Until 01 December 2021

Pushing the Limits

An on-line exhibition of 53 shaftweaving artworks selected from three continents, curated by Olivier Masson and Lala de Dios.

Website: http://oliviermasson.art/SWE/SWE.html

Until 16 December 2021

From Buteh to Paisley: The History of a Global Icon

The paisley motif first appeared in Iran under the name of buteh. This exhibition highlights the worldwide diffusion and popularity of the paisley motif and its reinterpretation in 20th century European fashion.

Online exhibition at https://trc-leiden.nl/trc-digital-exhibition/index.php/from-buteh-to-paisley/item/262-cover-page

Venue: Textile Research Centre, Leiden, Netherlands

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

Until 24 December 2021

Colour, Texture & Destination: the creative and cultural legacy of Bernat Klein

Original pieces by Bernat Klein (1922 – 2014) and new work by award-winning students from Heriot-Watt University and Scottish menswear designer Kestin Hare.

Free, but advance booking required.

 

 

Venue: Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick,TD9 9EN

Website: http://www.liveborders.org.uk/culture/museums/our-museums/borders-textile-towerhouse/

Until 24 December 2021

Celebrating the craft and colour of weave

Two exhibitions: work by Steve Attwood Wright, and 'Blanket Coverage', contemporary woven blankets curated by Laura Thomas.

Admission: Free or give what you can
Open: Mon – Sat, 10am to 5pm
 

Venue: Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ

Website: http://www.orieldavies.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

Until 31 December 2021

Orkney: Between Islands

A new online exhibition exploring the inspiration and legacy of arts, crafts and literature in Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides with a special focus on textiles and straw-work.

Website: http://www.betweenislands.com

Until 31 December 2021

Textiles & Tea

Throughout 2022 the Handweavers Guild of America is hosting a live weekly conversation with some of the most respected fibre artists in the field today including time for questions from the audience. Every Tuesday at 4pm EST (9pm UK time). Registration required for these free events.

Website: https://weavespindye.org/textiles-and-tea/

Until 01 January 2022

Fabrics under the lens – forensic textile conservation

Working in partnership with the University of Glasgow Centre for Textile Conservation, this Dumfries Museum exhibition features items conserved by students and the stories they have uncovered.


Visitors will need to book free timed entry tickets in advance.

 

Venue: Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ

Website: http://www.dumgal.gov.uk

Until 08 January 2022

Making Nuno:Japanese textile innovation from Sudo Reiko

Showcasing the work of internationally acclaimed Japanese textile designer Sudō Reiko, an innovative new exhibition featuring five large-scale installations combining NUNO textiles and art projections by leading technological designers Rhizomatiks from Tokyo to bring the viewer closer to Reiko’s production processes.

 

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

Website: http://dovecotstudios.com/

Until 15 January 2022

The National Wool Museum’s Exhibition of Hope

At the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020 members of the community were invited to create rainbow coloured squares -knitted, felted, woven or crocheted- using available materials.  The nearly 2000 squares received were then joined to create rainbow blankets.

Free but advance booking required.

Venue: Dre-fach Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5UP

Website: http://museum.wales/wool/

Until 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/

Until 31 January 2022

Fabric of the North

Tapestries showcasing the landscapes, industry and social history of Northern England. A wide range of work in an exhibition curated and managed by northern members of the British Tapestry Group. Tapestry works and weaversbazaar yarns and equipment will be available to buy.

Opening hours Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00-17:00. Entry is free but booking is required. Last entry 4pm.

Venue: Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, TS10 5NW.

Website: http://www.fabricofthenorth.org/

Until 31 January 2022

Nearly Wild Weaving: Waterline

An online collaborative tapestry project led by Joan Baxter, supported by Irene Evison and Anna Wetherell of Nearly Wild Weaving for exhibition at Farfield Mill, Cumbria in Autumn 2022.

Further details, and how to sign up to take part (by June 13th) see the website.

 

Website: http://tinyurl.com/4xvakjvd

Until 01 February 2022

Heallreaf 4: call for entries

The Heallreaf 4  exhibition will be at Fairfields Mill, Sedburgh, UK from 19 May to 6 July 2022.

See website for full details and application form.

Submission deadline 1 February 2022

 

Website: http://tinyurl.com/a2k3tpxd

Until 10 August 2022

Window on Weaving

British Tapestry Group


The recent exhibition by members of the South East and London groups is now available to view online.
https://tinyurl.com/3rmchkfu

 

Website: http://tinyurl.com/3rmchkfu

Until 01 October 2022

Introduction to Studio Practice: Tapestry Weaving

Re-scheduled. 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

Future Events

16 - 18 October 2021

Rug Weaving: 2/2 Twill

Rug Weaving: 2/2 Twill with tutor Jason Collingwood

Cost: £300

Further details on the website.

Venue: Devon Weavers Workshop, nr Totnes, Devon TQ9 7DY

Website: http://www.devonweaversworkshop.org

16 October 2021

Natural Dyeing Taster Workshop

A one day workshop on colour from plants, using simple techniques you can repeat at home. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some dyeing experience.

Tutor: Debbie Tomkies

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

16 October 2021

Weaving 3 end Leno with Laura Thomas


Laura Thomas will be teaching a technical and experimental workshop on loom controlled 3 end leno weaving.

Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: £95
Location:
Website:

 

Venue: The Loom Shed, Sutton Barton, Cullompton, EX15 INF

Website: http://theloomshed.com/calendar-event/

23 October - 12 December 2021

The Cordis Prize

Shortlisted tapestries from this prestigious open submission competition will be exhibited, and the winner of the £8000 prize selected from the works on show.                          

Venue: Inverleith House Gallery, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Website: http://thetapestryprize.org/project/2021cordisprize/

23 October 2021

Don’t be a doffer in a Cotton Mill! A talk with Debbie Bamford


Debbie Bamford joins The Loom Shed for an online talk about her life in textiles and how a hobby interest became a life dominated by research and a passion for natural dyes.

Time: 11am-12pm
Cost: £12
 

Website: http://theloomshed.com/calendar-event/

24 - 25 October 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

24 October 2021

Natural Dyeing Taster Workshop

A one day workshop on colour from plants, using simple techniques you can repeat at home. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some dyeing experience.

Tutor: Debbie Tomkies

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

26 October 2021

Holiday Weave Workshops: Adults and Teenagers

A workshop for an adult and teenager to attend together, collaborating on a small project while each gains experience on their own loom. For those who are undertaking their GCSE or A-levels in Art/Design/ Textiles or who simply enjoy making.

Tutor: Agnis Smallwood

Fee:£135.00 (adult + teen)

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

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

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

29 October 2021

Weave Along

For those who have some weaving experience but are not quite ready to go it all alone the looms will be set up ready for participants to begin their own project.

Tutor: Agnis Smallwood

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fee: £85.00

 

 

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

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

29 - 30 October 2021

Weave a thread.

The Museum will be open for 2 days during half term so visitors can also see how weavers worked and lived during the 1800s.

Advance booking required.

Venue: Newtown Textile Museum, 5 – 7 Commercial Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2BL

Website: http://newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk

06 - 07 November 2021

Stitch Fest

Showcasing independent makers, dyers, spinners and designers plus workshops and demonstrations.

Venue: Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Rd, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF

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

06 - 20 November 2021

Concept to Cloth with Sharon Kearley

Taking design skills to the next level in an in-person and on-line 2 day workshop.

Time: 6th November 10am- 4pm (at the Loom Shed) , 20th November 10am-12.30pm on-line via Zoom.
Cost: £95

 

Venue: The Loom Shed, Sutton Barton, Cullompton, EX15 INF

Website: http://theloomshed.com/calendar-event/

07 November 2021

Woven Tapestry: Weaving the View with Anna Wetherell

Learn about tapestry weaving and create something inspired by the area around Farfield Mill. Looms will be warped up and ready to go.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Fee £55 plus £5 to be paid to the tutor.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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/

13 November - 13 March 2022

Tapestry: Changing Concepts

An exhibition in partnership with STAR* (Scottish Tapestry Artists Regrouped) of work by contemporary artists associated with the former tapestry department at Edinburgh College of Art. including: Jo Barker, Archie Brennan, Sara Brennan, Amanda Gizzi, Stephen Hunter, Fiona Hutchison, William Jefferies, Jo McDonald, Ann Naustdal, Matteo Rosa, Cristina Sobrino, Joanne Soroka and Lesley Stothers amongst others.

Admission: Free (pre-booking essential).

 

 

 

Venue: City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

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

13 - 14 November 2021

Winter Wool@J13

A celebration of all things woolly.

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

Website: http://https://wool-j13.uk/whats-on/

13 - 14 November 2021

Winter Wool@J13

A celebration of all things woolly.                

 

 

 

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

Website: http://wool-j13.uk/whats-on/

13 November 2021

Jamandi Weaving with Majeda Clarke

An introduction to the UNESCO World Heritage technique of Jamdani weaving – a form of supplementary weft or tapestry weaving on a plain weave structure that has been woven for centuries in Dhaka.

Time: 10am- 5pm
Cost: £95
 

 

Venue: The Loom Shed, Sutton Barton, Cullompton, EX15 INF

Website: http://theloomshed.com/calendar-event/

15 November 2021

Creative Weaving

Weave a scarf length and experiment with colour, texture and pattern. A workshop for those new to weaving as well as those wishing to hone their skills.

Tutor: Jan Beadle

£55 plus £5 for materials.

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

Website: http://www.farfieldmill.org

20 - 21 November 2021

Surfacing: texture of the land

Tutor: Fiona Hutchison


Fee: £175

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

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

21 November 2021

Back Strap weaving with Angie Parker

An online workshop of backstrap weaving. that will guide you through setting up your loom and weaving fabric. Fee includes a complete weaving kit.


Time: 10am- 4pm
Cost: £69.50 (8 inches wide) / £59.50 (4 inches wide)
 

 

Website: http://theloomshed.com/calendar-event/

27 - 28 November 2021

Weekend Weave Workshop

The workshop will explore selection of yarns, using a warping mill, warping the loom and weaving a fabric length.      

Tutor: James Donald    

Fee £195        

 

      

 

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

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

13 - 14 December 2021

Kurt Jackson-inspired tapestry weaving experience

A workshop led by Fiona Hutchison accompanying the Kurt Jackson: Mermaids' Tear exhibition.

 

 

 

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

Website: http://www.dovecotstudios.com

05 January - 27 March 2022

Threads in Sheds

An exhibition of new contemporary weft-faced tapestry weavings by members of the British Tapestry Group from across the UK and internationally.  All work includes a significant element of silk.

See venue website for information on opening times.

 

 

 

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

Website: http://https://www.farfieldmill.org

15 January - 26 February 2022

Conversations: People, Places, Materials, Objects


The 62 Group of  Textile Artists is happy to announce the rescheduled dates for the Conversations: People, Places, Materials, Objects exhibition. 


 

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

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

15 January - 03 April 2022

Alison Morton: Weaver

A celebration of the life and work of weaver Alison Morton, 1946-2021.

Please check website to confirm exhibition dates and opening hours.


 

Venue: Ruthin Craft Centre, The Centre for the Applied Arts, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1BB

Website: http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk

22 January - 23 May 2022

Introduction to tapestry weaving

Tutor: Fiona Hutchison


Fee: £175

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

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

07 April - 25 September 2022

Sheila Hicks: Off Grid

Sheila Hicks is one of the world’s foremost artists and sculptors working with textiles, fibre, colour and form. The exhibition draws together over 70 pieces from international public and private collections to explore the many facets of Hicks’ ground-breaking work.


£8.50 / £6.50 /free for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 16s.

Venue: The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW

Website: http://hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/sheila-hicks/

09 - 10 April 2022

Spring into Wool

A festival of woolly crafts.

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

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

26 May 2022

Shipston Wool Fair

Plus, on 24- 25 May, the Woolly Weekend leading up to the Fair.

 

Venue: Shipston-on-Stour

Website: http://shipstonwoolfair.co.uk/

30 May - 03 June 2022

Orkney - tapestry and landscape

Explore responses to the landscape within the language of weave with tapestry weaver Louise Martin and stone carver and tapestry weaver Ros Bryant.

Contact tapestrylou@hotmail.com or ros.southhamar@gmail.com for details.

Venue: South Hamar Studio, Westray, Orkney, Scotland

03 June - 20 August 2022

Fiberart International 2022

An internationally juried competition organized by the Fiberart Guild of Pittsburgh, seeking innovative work rooted in traditional fibre materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fibre and other creative disciplines.

 

Venue: Pittsburgh, USA

Website: http://fiberartinternational.org/

11 - 25 June 2022

Our Traditional Crafts: Past, Present and Beyond

An exhibition of work by the Mid Essex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers to celebrate their 40th Anniversary Year (+1).

Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 4pm (closed Sundays and Mondays)

Admission charges apply.

Venue: Braintree District Museum, Manor Street, Braintree Essex CM7 3 HW

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

01 - 29 July 2022

Complexity 2022: Innovations in Weaving

Complex Weavers sixth biennial juried member exhibit.

Call for submissions: online submission will begin 1 Nov 2021, closing 15 Feb 2022.

 

 

Venue: The Emporium Arts Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

Website: http://www.complex-weavers.org/complexity/

08 - 12 August 2022

Orkney - tapestry and landscape

Explore responses to the landscape within the language of weave with tapestry weaver Louise Martin and stone carver and tapestry weaver Ros Bryant.

Contact tapestrylou@hotmail.com or ros.southhamar@gmail.com for details.

Venue: South Hamar Studio, Westray, Orkney, Scotland

14 - 20 August 2022

The Fifth International Conference on Braiding

The conference, taking place in Denmark, will highlight Nordic braid techniques such as tablet weaving, loop manipulation, rigid heddle/inkle, braiding, fingerweaving, sprang, lace, whipcording, tatting, nalbinding, lucet and straw braiding and their counterparts in the rest of the world.

 

Venue: Svendborg, Denmark

Website: http://thebraidsociety.wildapricot.org/page-1857786

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