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Current Events

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 29 June 2019

Hand in hand: the artistic and spiritual life of Dame Werburg Welch

The work of a Benedictine nun, the exhibition includes textiles, paintings, wood carvings and quilts. Her artistic style reflected the popular art-deco movement of the early 20th century.

Venue: Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9HR


Until 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


Until 13 July 2019

Island to Island

An exciting collaboration between Louise Martin and Ros Bryan that has resulted in a touring exhibition of woven tapestry, paper and stone, responding to the landscape from Westray to the Isle of Man.

Venue: Laxey Woollen Mills, Laxey, Isle of Man


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 01 August 2019

LEAFPOEMS by India Flint

This exhibition is the fruit of her brief residency at Inverewe Garden, where the benign climate has allowed eucalyptuses to flourish in an environment far from their southern home. India will be exhibiting textiles coloured with dyes from leaves of eucalyptus trees at Inverewe.

Venue: Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe, Wester Ross IV22 2LG


Until 18 August 2019

Jerwood Makers Open 2019

Jerwood Makers Open is a biennial opportunity encouraging ambitious and/or radical proposals from UK-based makers and collaborators within 10 years of beginning their practice. It focuses on makers and making supporting work in a diverse range of materials and progressive practices including, but not limited to: glass, metal, wood, paper, textiles, ceramics, furniture and jewellery.

Venue: Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, Bankside, London SE1 0LN


Until 25 August 2019

Rag Rugs and Wall Hangings

An exhibition of recent work by Margaret Kenny who makes rag rugs and wall hangings using traditional techniques with an innovative twist.

Venue: Coldstream Museum, 12 Market Square, Coldstream TD12 4BD


Until 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


Until 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


Until 15 September 2019

Ancient Textiles from the Andes

This is a rare opportunity to see ancient Andean textiles of this quality and size exhibited in the UK. Through a major loan from the collector Paul Hughes, alongside pieces from the Whitworth, textiles from c300BC to c1400AD. As well as celebrating breath-taking achievements in textile technique and design, this show explores the complexities of their transition from local ritual to a wider international stage.

Venue: Whitworth Art Gallery,Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER


Until 15 September 2019

Ella Doran: Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor

Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor follows the journey of wool from the sheep which graze the historic landscape of the Sculpture Park, from shearing to scouring, spinning to weaving and design to product development. The result is a display of beautiful bespoke furniture, furnishings and photographic prints.

Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG


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


Until 13 October 2019

Woman's Work

A new exhibition on the work of craftswomen who turned their practice’s into successful businesses between the two World Wars. Women’s Work will focus on pieces made by textile artists, weavers, ceramicists and silversmiths. Featuring over 100 pieces, Women’s Work will focus on a core group of makers – Ethel Mairet, Alice Hindson, Phyllis Barron & Dorothy Larcher, Enid Marx, Catherine ‘Casty’ Cobb, Katharine Pleydell- Bouverie, Denise Wren and Elizabeth Peacock – some of whom are relatively unknown yet hugely significant to the development of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Venue: Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP


Until 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


Until 17 November 2019

A Considered Place

Drum Castle hosts five leading contemporary British artists who work across a variety of media to express a considered sense of place and experience.

Join us to experience the beauty of contemporary woven tapestries by Jo Barker, Sara Brennan and Susan Mowatt; the exquisite glass and ceramics of Andrea Walsh; and Jane Bustin’s intriguing combinations of paint, metal, ceramics and cloth.

Venue: Drum Castle, Drumoak, by Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5EY


Until 24 November 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 25 January 2020

Barbara Rae CBE RA: Tapestries and Rugs

Marking 25 years of collaborative working, Dovecot Studios are excited to be working with Royal Academician painter and master printmaker Barbara Rae CBE RSA on a significant new tapestry titled Peel Sound Ice.

This new tapestry celebrates the artist’s critically acclaimed recent body of work exploring the Northwest Passage in the Arctic region, which was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in 2018 for the first time.

The display will be held on the Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony. The viewing times are as follows:

Mon-Fri:               12.00-15.00

Saturday:             10.30-17:30

Open Sunday during August: 10.30-17.30

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


Future Events

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


29 June - 24 August 2019

A Passion for Textiles

The Eskdale and Liddesdale branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild present their passion for textiles in a variety of stitching styles.

Venue: Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9 9EN


29 June - 28 September 2019

Woven Forms: Breaking the Boundaries

This exhibtion showcases a mesmerising sculptural installation by weaving artist Jan Bowman who is renowned for breaking the boundaries of weaving by creating woven spatial divides, panels and sculptural pieces that challenge the conventional limits of the discipline by transforming traditional woven forms into contemporary installations.

Venue: The Museum of Carpet, Stour Vale Mill, Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ


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


05 July - 01 September 2019

Pattern: Devon Guild of Craftsmen

This ‘maximalist’ exhibition shows a wide range of pattern in a variety of media, including dyed silk, wool, paper, jewellery and glass. Found everywhere we look, at its simplest a pattern in art may be a geometric or other repeating shape, as in wallpaper.   Devon Guild of Craftsmen challenged their many multi-disciplined Members to interpret the theme as tightly or loosely as they liked in order to extend their design and making skills. The result is an exhibition containing a riotous mix of pattern, including textiles by Isabella Whitworth and Liz Clay.

Venue: Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF


08 - 10 July 2019

Clothing the Enslaved in the Eighteenth Century Atlantic World

Clothing the Enslaved in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World will provide a forum in which to discuss the fabrics used to dress enslaved workers in the Caribbean and British North America between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. 

Plantation societies were dedicated agro-industrial production zones that sucked in inputs from around the Atlantic world: captive labourers, foodstuffs, packaging materials, and specialised industrial equipment. They also imported huge quantities of fabric: linens and coarse woollens from which workwear for enslaved workers was fashioned.


Venue: The National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP


12 - 24 July 2019

Reflections: Textile Art Group Suffolk

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


13 - 14 July 2019

Yarningham - Birmingham Yarn Festival

Organisedby the Knitting & Crochet Guild, a woolly marketplace and extensive range of workshops.

Venue: Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Birmingham, B13 8QY


13 July 2019

Calon Wlan: Wool and Fleece Fayre

Wool and fleece for sale, plus local textile craftspeople.

Venue: Hafod y Llan, Nantgwynant, Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4NQ


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


20 July - 28 September 2019

Intertwined: And All Around The Forest Grew

In this new exhibition, two of Scotland’s leading textile artists Rose Campbell and Alison King take inspiration from the beautiful forests that surround the Border town of Peebles; tracing their ancient history through hunting and cultivation to their use in modern day mountain biking.

Venue: Tweeddale Mueum, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles EH45 5AG


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


01 September - 07 December 2019

The Wonders of Wool

The landscape, flora and fauna of Scotland provide inspiration for these vibrant felt art works and other wool felt creations.

Venue: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9 9EN


06 - 18 September 2019

West of England Festival of Textiles: WEFT

This year’s WEFT will celebrate the cloth designers who worked in the Trowbridge mills between 1930-70s, showing for the first time a selection of Trowbridge Museum’s collection of cloth together with the story of the designers. The exhibition will also include new works by weavers in the west of England, inspired by the museum’s collection of cloth.

Venue: Trowbridge Museum, Bridge House, 10 Stallard Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 9AE

Website: http://

07 September 2019

Silk Festival

A celebration of silk in Sudbury. The festival coincides with the Heritage Open Days. The day will include talks, exhibitions, demonstrations of silk weaving walks and silk mills. Check the website for details.

Venue: Sudbury, Suffolk


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


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


10 October - 14 December 2019

African Textiles

By Hali Publications and Karun Thakar

Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


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:///

16 October - 14 March 2020

Made by Pringle

Pringle of Scotland, knitwear producers, was at one time the largest employer in Hawick, with a worldwide reputation. As part of the celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of Borders Textile Towerhouse, we have drawn from the largest collection in our archives to chart the company’s design history in the 20th century.

Venue: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick TD9 9EN


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 - 27 October 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


30 October - 03 January 2020

Weaving Water/Woven Land

An exhibition by the Scottish Regional Group of the British Tapestry Group. As artists we are often inspired by place and the incredible landscape that surrounds us. Beautiful rolling hills, dramatic seascapes, the textures and colours of where we come from gives endless inspiration to artists who weave.  Surrounded by water, with over 6000 miles of coastline, Scotland has more than 790 islands and over 30,000 lochs and lochans and almost 500 Munroes and Corbetts.  How could we not be inspired by what is around us!

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


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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