The Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers


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Current Events

Until 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://

Until 24 February 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 27 February 2019

International Textile Exhibition

This year’s theme ‘Through the Seasons’ has been interpreted by each artist in a different way, with works focusing on one season, changing seasons and even the seasons of human lives, represented through realism or abstract colour and form.

All the pieces in the exhibition were originally entered into a textile competition held in the prestigious annual ‘Carrefour du Patchwork Meeting’, which is hosted each September in Alsace, France, close to the birthplace of the Amish people who are renowned for their stunning patchwork quilts.

Techniques on display include patchworking, hand and machine quilting, embroidery, applique, painting, hand-stitching using textiles as varied as metallic wool, tulle, chiffon, felt, silk and linen.

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


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 03 March 2019

Spotlight: New Work by Associate Members

Devon Guild of Craftsmen - includes work by weaver, Angie Parker and tufter, Anna Gravelle.

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


Until 17 March 2019

One Year In - Lucy Grainge and Majeda Clarke

An exhibition by the winners of the One Year In award at New Designers in 2018. Majeda Clarke is a weaver  whose work reflects the dual heritage aspects of her family to create textiles showing both Bengali and Welsh influences.

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


Until 17 March 2019

Jilly Edwards - Glimpses and Memories

Jilly Edwards’ tapestries use combinations of cotton, wool and linen yarns. She is particularly known for her upbeat use of yellow. Jilly says while her surroundings are the starting point for her work. The tapestries in the exhibition are particularly inspired by glimpses and memories of journeys from Exeter to Edinburgh and to East Anglia, through diverse terrain and especially the colours of the oilseed rape.

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


Until 23 March 2019

Ten Plus @ Warrington: Beneath The Layers

A new exhibition of contemporary textile art inspired by the social and natural history of Warrington.


Venue: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington WA1 1JB


Until 23 March 2019

Subversive Stitch

A group show of textile-based works, incorporating embroidery, weaving, carpet, tapestry, clothes and sculpture. The title is taken from the 1984 book by feminist art historian Rozsika Parker ‘The Subversive Stitch – Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine’, and subsequent 1988 touring exhibition in Manchester at the Whitworth and Cornerhouse curated by Pennina Barnett. For centuries embroidery had been a craft most closely aligned with women, holding connotations of domestic and the feminine, and ranked below the fine art mediums of painting and sculpture. Then, in the wake of William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement of the late 19th century, and continuing via the Suffrage Movement of the early 20th, it made its burgeoning presence felt when empowered women artists harnessed its use, subverting the very medium that had previously defined their position in art and society. Today although it is still heavily, if no longer solely, a woman’s medium, its subversive legacy continues; embracing the political, the innovative, the technical and often unconventional, whilst redefining its status as a serious art form.

Venue: TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, London W1W 7EG


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 28 April 2019

Danish Tapesrty: 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 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 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://

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 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 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


Future Events

22 - 24 February 2019


The annual yarn festival at Farnham Maltings. The event will  host a marketplace of over 70 exhibitors selling yarn and fibre accessories, and feature a programme of bookable workshops talks and demonstrations led by UK and international experts.

Venue: Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Hampshire GU9 7QR


22 - 24 February 2019

The Contemporary Textiles Fair

The Contemporary Textiles Fair, is an established event in the textile lovers’ calendar, offering a perfect opportunity to see a diverse range of designer makers showing a stunning array of distinctive and colourful textiles.

Richly embellished embroidery, hand-dipped shibori, ecoprints & naturally dyed artworks, contemporary knitted homeware, sumptuous silks and handwoven scarves, wonderful handbags and fascinating 3D wall hangings – the range of work on show is beautiful and diverse.

Wearable and hangable art from the quirky to couture.

Venue: Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington TW11 9NN

Website: http:///

24 February 2019

Annual Spring Fayre: Calon Wlan

Fleeces and wool products for sale.  Spinning and felting demonstrations. 10.00 - 16.00

For more details contact Secretary Carol Hudson

Venue: Neuadd Goffa, Penygroes, Caernarfon LL54 6NN

01 March - 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


01 March - 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


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://

09 March - 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


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


17 March 2019


The fibre and textile show for Cornwall. Full list of stallholders on the event website.

Venue: Heartlands, Robinsons Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3QY


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


23 March - 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


23 March - 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


30 March - 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


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


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


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

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.

12 - 24 July 2019

Reflections: Textile Art Group Suffolk

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


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


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


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


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


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