The Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers


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Current Events

Until 15 July 2018

Back to Blue

Carolyn Griffiths’ exhibition in the iconic Round Tower, an 18th century wool drying building showcases the history of Frome's cloth and dye trades and weaves its way towards the relevance of textile production in today's society. Work by mixed media artists Hans Borgonjon and Sue Conrad provides a wonderful contemporary twist that ebbs and flows between the past and the present. Supported by Black Swan Arts, Frome Society for Local Study and Creative Frome. See website for details of the exciting children's workshops.

10am - 4pm - Mon to Sat

Venue: Black Swan Arts, Round Tower Gallery, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB


Until 18 July 2018

Margins: TAGS Textile Art Group Suffolk

Textile art by members of the Textile Art Group Suffolk.

Event:  Sunday 8 July 2018, 2 - 4 pm - meet the artist

Venue: The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SR


Until 20 July 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: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, Nr Edinburgh EH30 9SL

Website: http://

Until 31 July 2018

The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World

The 12th International unjuried Small Format Tapestry Exhibition held by the American Tapestry Alliance exhibition is an open event. The only limits are on size with entries not toexceed 25 cm (10 inches) on either side.


Venue: Northwest Reno Public Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno, Nevada

Website: http:///

Until 02 September 2018

A Celebration of Flowers

Work by Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth on the theme of flowers and colour.  Includes textiles (quilts and needlepoint) and ceramics.  Lunchtime tours (Thursdays) and talks by Candace Bahouth (27 June) and Kaffe Fassett (25 July).

Venue: Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AT


Until 09 September 2018

Coral: Fabric of the Reef

Inspired by the Horniman's Aquarium and Natural History collection, artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric - dyed, sculpted and intrically bound and stitched - to raise awareness of the threat to coral and coral reefs in the face of environmental change.

Open:  daily 10 - 5.30

Admission:  free

Venue: Hornman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ


Until 23 September 2018

Orla Keily: A Life in Pattern

Orla Keily is one of the UK and Ireland's most successful designers.  Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recongnisable.  Featuring over 150 patterns and products the exhibition emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives.

Open: Tues - Sat 11 - 6; Thurs until 8; Sun 11 - 5

Tickets: £9.90 (£8.80 concessions, £7 students)

020 7407 8664

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


Until 23 September 2018

Weaving New Worlds

In this exhibition 16 women artists from the UK, USA, Norway, Canada, New Zealand and Japan weave the stories of our time: the possibilities, the hopes and lost chances. Using the traditional hand-woven tapestry

techniques that connect us to the past, they have taken contemporary images and events, personal dreams and feelings.

Venue: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP


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 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 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

16 - 29 July 2018

Textile Creations – Glasgow

AGWSD National Exhibition

Venue: Collins Building, University of Strathclyde, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ


26 - 29 July 2018

Our Linen Stories

Open daily 10 - 4.

Celebrating ‘Patronage and Prizes’ - the role that commissions and awards play in developing product and production with a focus on ‘Design and Damask’. We exhibit prized items including a damask sample prepared for a wealthy client by a Belfast firm.

Venue: The Haining, Selkirk TD7 5LR


31 July - 12 August 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: Sam Scorer Gallery, 5 Drury Lane, Lincoln LN1 3BN

18 August - 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


01 - 02 September 2018

Spinning Yarns Festival

A two day festival celebrating all things associated with linen and wool.

Venue: Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Road, Antrim BT41 4LH

Website: http://www,

01 September - 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


04 - 21 September 2018

Seeking Form

Hannah Robson is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. She produces sculptural pieces by combining weaving and lacemaking, exploring the limits of the loom and balancing elements of structure and chaos within her work.

Venue: North Wall Arts Centre Gallery, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

Website: http:///

08 September 2018

World Textile Day: East of England

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

Venue: Mundford Village Hall, St Leonards St, Mundford, near Thetford, IP26 5DW.


08 September 2018

Wild About Wool

A day devoted to wool (and other fibres). Includes displays, old knitting machine demonstrations, felt making, weaving and spinning demonstrations. Stalls to buy materials or finished products.

Open: 10 - 4

Admission: £3

Venue: Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter EX4 0AU


22 - 23 September 2018

Sami Band Weaving Workshop

A two day workshop tutored by Susan J Foulkes.  Cost:  £175.00.  Please book with the museum.

e-mail:  Tel: 01865 270927

Venue: Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW


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


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


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

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


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


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