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Events Diary

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Here is where we will be out and about at Shows, Talks and Workshops in the year ahead.

The talks are booked by specific groups but you don't need to be a member to attend, as visitors are always welcome for a small contribution. Please contact us by phone or email if you would like to book us or if you need any more details. A description of all the talks we offer are here.

19 Aug 2017: Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School
Sparsholt College, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2NF
Sat 19 Aug 2017, 10 - 4

This event marks the end of the week long Summer School which the Guild hold every two years.

The traders market on Saturday is open to everyone plus there is the special treat of taking a look at what all the classes have been doing through the week.






9 Sep 2017: World Textile Day East
Mundford Village Centre, Mundford near Swaffham, Norfolk IP26 5DW
Sat 9 Sep 2017, 10 am - 4.30 pm

Another brilliant World Textile Day, awaits you in Norfolk. Our theme for this year is "COLOUR!".

So what do we have lined up for you?

At 11 am we welcome Jim Gaffney (who just happens to be my husband!) a traveller and collector who has been buying and selling rugs from Turkey since the '80s. His talk is called "The Old Colours Are The Best: a resurgence in natural dyes." and looks at the ways natural dyes are making a comebck all over the world - especially in Asia!

At 2 pm there will be a half hour talk (which will be arranged nearer the day) and then there will be a return of our very popular "Show and Tell" session. Your chance to bring along a textile you love to talk about, find out about or just show an appreciative audience of textile lovers! 

As usual entrance is free to the market of World Textile traders and our exhibition on the theme of Colour. Alveva Quilters will be providing tea and cakes and Mundford will be welcoming you with free parking (nearest train station is at Brandon) and nice places for lunch not far away!


16 Sep 2017: London Quilters Day
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
Bolney Meadow Community Centre, 31, Bolney Street, Vauxhall, London SW8 1EZ
Sat 16 Sep 2017, 10.30 - 3.50

 We will be trading at this event and giving  a talk in the afternoon. Open to all members of Region 1 Quilters Guild and visitors.


The people of Java produce the finest batik in the world, and yet most of the makers are poor and their stories remain untold.

The traditions of making this unique fabric by waxing and dyeing are centuries old and carefully passed on from mother to daughter.

You will be amazed at the patience and expert skills which are needed to make these beautiful cloths and fascinated by the stories and the people behind them.

23 Sep 2017: World Textile Day North
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QN
Sat 23 Sep 2017, 10 - 4.30

This will be our third World Textile Day at Frodsham Centre, the home of so many textile groups its not true! Our theme this year is "COLOUR!" and as ever we will have a great line up of stall holders and talks for you.

At 11 am our main speaker will be Magie Relph of the African Fabric Shop in Meltham, near Huddersfield. Back from an epic trip around West Africa, Magie will be launching a brand new talk called "The Colours of Africa"

At 2pm we will have a short half hour talk (to be announced later when we've decided on who will do this one!) and then there's a SHOW AND TELL session - over to you to bring along an interesting world textile to share with our audience of very enthusiastic textile lovers.

Entry to the market is free, and tickets for the talks cost just £3 each (or both for £5) At Frodsham there is plenty of free parking, there  is tea and cakes available and a plethora of great places for lunch just a short walk away on Frodsham High Street. Come and enjoy a great day out.


30 Sep 2017: World Textile Day West
Saltford Community Hall, Saltford (Between Bath and Bristol)
Sat 30 Sep 2017, 10 - 4.30

This will be our last World Textile Day of 2017.

Our guest speakers in the morning session are Jenifer and Ian Rutherford - specialist collectors of Palestinian Costume so expect some seriously good and colourful embroidery.

In the afternoon we will have another shorter talk (to be arranged nearer the time) and a return of World Textile Show and Tell.

Saltford is very easy to get to on public transport from Bristol or Bath and is easily accessible by road too with free carparking available at the venue.

As usual we will be helped by the wonderful Satford Community Association who provide us with a great cafe on the day.

Everything is free apart from talks tickets which cost just £3 per session (or £5 for both)

Meet up with friends, make new ones, come for lunch, listen to interesting talks, browse for amazing textiles, clothes, and gifts you won't find in any Shopping Malls and help independent businesses at the same time.