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Current Events

Until 28 September 2018

Tangible Sounds

Six textile designers / prcatitioners in Scotland have undertaken a project recording sounds, creating spectrograms and creating textiles. As well as finished textile pieces – knitted, woven and screen printed – the exhibition will showcase the processes used to create the designs and feature samples in the different techniques. The works are based on six different sound recordings from the Scottish landscape.

Exhibition open:  Monday 24 September 7 - 9pm; Tuesday 25 - Friday 28 September 10 - 5.


Venue: Falconer Museum, Tolbooth Street, Forres IV36 1PH


Until 29 September 2018

Sound & Weave

The British Tapestry Group's 2018 touring exhibition.

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


Until 21 October 2018

Four Voices

Four Voices – a touring exhibition of work by British Tapestry Group members Joan Baxter, John Brennan, Amanda Gizzi and Elizabeth Radcliffe.

Venue: Rozelle House, Rozelle Park, Ayr KA7 9NJ


Until 04 November 2018

Dutch Design Damask

An exhibition of damask table linen created exclusively for the TextielMuseum by internationally aclaimed designers.

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


Until 11 November 2018

A Taste for the Exotic: European Silks of the Eighteenth Century

A selection of silks decorated with chinoiseries or 'bizarre' motifs from the eighteenth century.  These colourful and highly patterned fabrics were popular for ladies gowns and men's attire. 

Details on the Abegg-Stiftung website:

Venue: Wener Abeggsrasse 67 CH3132 Riggisberg Switzerland


Until 13 December 2018

Resists: exporing resist-dyed textiles across cultures

The exhibition will draw from items within the ULITA collection, particularly showcasing two relatively recent significant collections to come to ULITA: the Coleman Indonesian Collection and the West African O’Hear Collection.

The exhibition will be accompanied by full events programme.

Open: Tuesdays – Thursdays 09:30 – 16:30, Fridays by appointment

NB.  The gallery is occasionally closed - please check the website for closures.

Venue: St.Wilfred’s Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT


Until 23 December 2018

A Nomad's Art: Kelims of Anatolia

Woven to adorn tents and camel caravans, kelims are enduring records of life in Turkey's nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.

Venue: The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052


Until 27 January 2019

Fashioned From Nature

Exhibition exploring the relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day, including innovative fabrics and dyeing processes.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


Until 01 March 2019

Threads Bearing Witness: Alice Kettle

From the Barberini Tapestries to the Bayeux Tapestry, monumental textiles in the form of large-scale narrative embroideries, weaving and tapestries have been used to illustrate contemporary events to become enduring material chronicles. Thread Bearing Witness is a major new series of large textiles, and other works, to be shown at the Whitworth, that considers cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement, while engaging with individual migrants and their creativity within the wider context of the global refugee crisis.

Alice Kettle is a highly regarded contemporary artist focused upon stitched textiles, a powerful medium through which to explore these themes. Thread Bearing Witness represents displacement though the migration of stitches, using the three strands of artistic representation, participation and creative resilience, testing ways of belonging within a cultural space, and using textile as a medium of integration, collective expression and resilience to displacement.

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


Until 03 March 2019

Colour & Abstraction / Generations in Dialogue

An exhibition presenting a broad spectrum of abstract textile works from the 1960s to the present.

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


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 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://

Future Events

29 September 2018

World Textile Day: North of England, Cheshire

Exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles.  Talks. 2018 theme: Working Together

Venue: Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN


29 - 30 September 2018

Masham Sheep Fair

Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year. 

The popular Masham Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for charity and filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment.


29 - 30 September 2018


Stunning exhibitions, skill demonstrations and a full programme of textile workshops create a visual feast and make Yarndale a real must-visit for yarn lovers.

Venue: Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road, Skipton, Yorkshire BD23 1UD


01 - 31 October 2018

Huguenot Month: Fashion & Textiles

Huguenots of Spitalfields are holding a month of events in October, to celebrate the talented and creative Huguenots. Huguenots were French Protestant refugees who fled persecution in the 16th to 18th centuries. They excelled in many crafts, and were famous for their beautiful Spitalfields silkweaving.

  • 11th October, 6.30pm :  Hear Dr Zara Anishanslin,  Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Delaware, speak about  Anna Maria Garthwaite, celebrated silk designer who set a craze for wearing botanical designs. Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR
  • 16th October, 1.30pm : Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner,  Senior Curator at the V & A Museum will talk about  the design process behind the sumptuous Spitalfields silks . Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4 3DE
  • 20th October, 2 pm Samuel Wilson: a London silk weaver’s diary’ with Kate Wigley from the School of Textiles.  Samuel Wilson kept a diary of his hand woven silk fabrics, his experiments with different yarns, dyes and finishes and his struggles to perfect the perfect woven silk.. Part of Skills of the Huguenots Day (see below)
  • 20th October, 3 pm ‘It is all in the detail’ with Rosie Taylor-Davies:  The eighteenth-century embroiderer used  many  craftsmen to  work his magic on the sumptuous cloth –a  glimpse into the work of the Pattern Drawer, the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawer and the silk specialists.  Part of Skills of the Huguenots Day (see below)

Skills of the Huguenots Day: Saturday 20th October, in the Crypt of Christ Church and Hanbury Hall Spitalfields, 11am to 4pm.

Full information from:

Venue: Check website


02 - 31 October 2018

Branching Out

An exhibition of contemporary textile art by members of Scottish Felters.

Daily 10 - 5.


Venue: Birman Arts, Station Road, Burnam, Dunkeld, Perthshire PH8 0DS


03 - 04 October 2018

Linen Biennale Conference 2018

The conference will expand new thinking associated with Ireland’s oldest textile


Conference fee: £185 (concessions £100)

Venue: Lisburn Civic Centre, Northern Ireland


06 October 2018

West Wales Wool Show

Yarns, fibres, equipment, demonstrations, tombola etc.  Free entry.

Venue: Queens Hall & Plas Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire


06 October 2018

World Textile Day: West of England

Exhibition and fair trade market of world textiles. Talks. 2018 theme: Working Together

Venue: Saltford Hall, Wedmore Rd, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3BY


06 October 2018

Guilds Together - Coventry Inspires

One day event including a talk by John Arbon ‘Great British Fibres’; sale of fibres, yarns and weaving supplies; demonstrations of Saori Weaving and Takadai Braiding; an exhibition of work by 6 Guilds; book stall and raffle. Tea/coffee and cakes supplied but bring your own lunch.
10am – 4pm.
Tickets purchased in advance £8 or £10 on the door.

For bookings or enquiries email

Text or tel 07840 520850


Venue: Christ Church, Frankpledge Rd, Coventry, CV3 5GT


06 October - 23 December 2018

Faig Ahmed: Non-visual Language

Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed creates woven carpets that throw traditional patterns into chaos.  This exhibition introduces new works inspired by ancient Peruvian textiles in the Textile Museum's collection and field research in the Peruvian Amazon and Mexico.

Venue: The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052


09 October - 16 November 2018

The Braid Society 25th Anniversary Exhibition

A special exhibition of work by Braid Society members from UK and beyond

Opening times Monday to Friday 9am - 4:30pm + some Saturdays



Venue: Gallery 3, The Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

Website: http://

11 - 14 October 2018

‘praktis/ - mind and matter: the making of craft

Sixteen renowned craftsmen from across Britain are exhibiting their work together in this beautiful setting :-

Textiles: Alison Ellen, Lucy Goffin, Geraldine St Aubyn Hubbard, Barbara Kennington, Ann Richards, Deirdre Wood

Baskets: Jenny Crisp  Ceramics: Julie Ayton, Rich Miller, Sarah Walton, Nigel Wood  Glass: Ruth Dresman

Jewellery : Lindsey Mann, Syann van Niftrik, Lesley Strickland,   Wood: Nick Barberton

10.00 - 5.00

Venue: Bury Court Barn, Bentley, Farnham GU105LY


12 October - 13 January 2019

Anni Albers – London

A major exhibition bringing together the most important examples of the work by this influential weaver.

Admission: £16.50. Free to members.

Venue: Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG


13 October 2018


Dumfries and Galloway Guild.  Includes suppliers, sales table, raffle and demos.

Admission £1

Venue: Georgetown Community Hall, Lochvale House, Georgetown Rd, Dumfries DG1 4DF


20 October 2018

Bountiful - A celebration of weaving in NW England by Lostock Weavers

Lostock Weavers are presenting an exhibition of work along with demonstrations of weaving and children's activities.  Traders present will include My Fine Weaving yarn and Don Poritt's Studio Supplies.

Free entry.  10.30 - 4.

Information from Jane Flanagan 07772 455536

Venue: Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest rd, Bolton BL6 4EL

27 - 28 October 2018

Kendal Wool Gathering

A wide range of exhibitors will be attending bringing yarns, dyes, crafts, art, accessories, tools, felting, crochet, patterns, carpets, looms, spinning wheels and more.

Saturday 10 - 5; Sunday 10 - 4. Admission £3

Venue: Kendal Leisure Centre, Buxton Road, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7HX


17 November 2018

Sanada-Himo Band Weaving

A half-day workshop tutored by Susan J Foulkes.  Cost:  £22.  Note that places are limited.  Please book with the museum.

Tel: 0191 334 5694


Venue: Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Road, Durham, DH1 3TH


22 November - 24 February 2019

Sound and Weave

A new touring exhibition of work by members of the British Tapestry Group.

Venue: The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ

Website: http://

24 November - 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


03 December - 05 January 2019

More Fibre Yarns: The Hardway Textile Group

An Exhibition and Sale of work in various textile media. The techniques represented in the exhibition will include: spinning, weaving, dyeing, kumihimo braids, embroidery, felt and sewing; in the form of cushions, scarves and garments, embroidered and mixed media artwork, jewellery and accessories, and felt painting and vessels. Purchases may be collected before the end of the Exhibition.

The Exhibition can be viewed during The Exchange’s opening hours, usually 9am – 6pm – (later when other events are taking place) Mondays to Saturdays. If you are travelling from a distance, best to check first: 01258 475137.



Venue: The Bibbern Gallery, The Exchange, Old Market Hall, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1FH

09 - 31 March 2019

Sound and Weave

A new touring exhibition of work by members of the British Tapestry Group.

Venue: Foyer, Dynefor Building, Swansea College of Art, De le Beche Street, Swansea SA1 3EU

Website: http://

16 March - 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


21 - 23 March 2019

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

The UK's premier urban hand knitting show.  Includes a marketplace and workshops.

Venue: The Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ


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


24 - 29 August 2019


A celebration of all things woolly, showcasing the best of British alongside selected artisans from around the world. 

Venue: Anglesey Showground Anglesey, Wales LL65 4RW


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