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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.

24 Feb 2018: Cambridge Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers
Talk
Costume plays a vital role in showing identity and kinship in the hilltribe and minority people of south east Asia.
Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 2 pm

 

The “Golden Triangle” where three countries - Thailand, Laos and Burma, meet is so called because of the fortunes made from opium. But there is still great wealth to be found in the wonderful textiles of the hilltribes who live in this remote and mountainous area.

The traditional clothes the women make for their families are a riot of colour with stunning embroidery, embellishment and weaving techniques. You will be full of admiration for this wonderful work done by hard-working women in remote and difficult surroundings.

Visitors are welcome.

10 Mar 2018: Ceredigon Guild Weavers Spinners and Dyers
Talk
A journey along the ancient Silk Route from Khiva in Uzbekistan to Kashgar in China looking at the textiles we found along the way.
Ciliau Aeron Village Hall, Near Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 7SE
Sat 10 Mar 2018

Although long gone, the ancient Silk Route which linked China with the west, still retains a memory of former textile glories. This section of the route begins in Khiva and passes through the desert khanates of Bokhara and Samarkhand, across wild and mountainous Kyrgyzstan and finishes on the remote and desolate far western border of China.

The people of these regions have seen huge changes to their traditional ways of life and cultural values by Soviet or Han Chinese domination as well as the ever-present demands of 21st century life. However, hand made textiles still play a central role in everyday life and in many cases, production of handicrafts of all kinds is making a triumphant return.

Jim and I have recently completed an overland trip along the Silk Route focusing on textile producing centres. On the way we discovered carpet making, natural dyeing, fine suzani embroidery, felt making and silk ikat weaving. 

17 Mar 2018: World Textile Day Wales
Show
Minerva Centre, Great Oak Street, Llanidloes, Mid Wales SY18 6BY
Sat 17 Mar 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

Our first World Textile Day of the Year. We should have all our stock safely in from our big buying trips over the winter, and it will get its first showing at our first World Textile Day of the year.

The theme for all of this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in the exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk "Hand to Hand" starts at 11am and is by Japanese textile expert, Susan Briscoe. She will be explaining how Sashiko Quilting is made in Japan as a joint enterprise, needing input from many people.

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will still be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free or very cheap parking around the Minerva Centre, and there are lovely cafes (including the Great Oak Cafe) which do great lunches. Doreen and her band of helpers will be providing teas, coffees and cakes as usual.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

21 Mar 2018: Wombourne Quilters
Talk
Fabulous silk weavings, batiks, brocades and ikats from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia.
Library and Community Centre, Church Road, Wombourne, South Staffs WV5 9EZ
Wed 21 Mar 2018, 7.30 pm

Thailand, Cambodia and Laos have long been famous for their silk, and to this day, silkworms are raised and the silk spun and woven in the traditional way by village women on the looms below their homes.

In the past 50 years a complete revival of this dying art has occurred and silk production is now thriving. A look at how and why, and lots of beautiful silk - old and new from these ancient Kingdoms.

9 Apr 2018: Llandegal Patchers
Talk
Wonderful costumes and textiles made for special occasions such as weddings, festivals and religious ceremonies
Talgai Hall, Llandegai, Nr Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4 HU
Mon 9 Apr 2018, 1.30 pm

   

Glamour, glitter, gold, intricate weavings and stunning embroideries are all part of the textiles and costumes made and worn for weddings, festivals and temple ceremonies.

A wedding in Java, a temple ceremony in Bali, New Year celebrations amongst the hilltribes of Northern Thailand, and a Yao wedding in Laos.

The significance of the textiles, and the stories of their designs are as fascinating as the way they are made and the events they are made for. Come and enjoy!

14 Apr 2018: World Textile Day South East
Show
East Horsley Village Hall, Near Leatherhead, Surrey KY24 6QT
Sat 14 Apr 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

This is a brand new venue and a brand new region for us - the South East. We are hoping it will be as successful as our other days and may even get people out from London! Our Days are always small, specialist, informal and friendly with plenty to keep you interested without being overwhelming, as so many of the big sewing shows are.

The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and is by all round World Textile collector and author, John Gillow. John will be focussing on Kantha work quilts from Bengal. These quilts are made by several women all working together.

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There will be teas, coffees and cakes available and plenty of time and space to catch up with your textile loving friends.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

24 Apr 2018: Beartown Patchwork and Quilters
Talk
Wonderful costumes and textiles made for special occasions such as weddings, festivals and religious ceremonies
Scout Hut, Rope Walk, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1HN
Tue 24 Apr 2018, 7.30pm

   

Glamour, glitter, gold, intricate weavings and stunning embroideries are all part of the textiles and costumes made and worn for weddings, festivals and temple ceremonies.

A wedding in Java, a temple ceremony in Bali, New Year celebrations amongst the hilltribes of Northern Thailand, and a Yao wedding in Laos.

The significance of the textiles, and the stories of their designs are as fascinating as the way they are made and the events they are made for. Come and enjoy!

28 Apr 2018 to 29 Apr 2018: Wonderwool Wales
Show
The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys
Sat 28 Apr 2018 to Sun 29 Apr 2018, 10 - 5pm

Image result for wonderwoolPlenty of wonderful stands, great catering, a friendly atmosphere and it's why this is one of our favourite shows! We love camping out in the showground in our Big Green Van - usually for the first time in the year.

See us at our usual stand! If you haven't been before, try and get along on the Saturday or Sunday.

More details from www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk

 

 

2 Jun 2018: World Textile Day Central
Show
King's Sutton Community Hall, King's Sutton near Banbury Oxfordshire OX17 3PG
Sat 2 Jun 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

This is our third visit to King's Sutton which is very easy to reach from the Midlands (down the A40) and Oxford. Our Days are always small, specialist, informal and friendly with plenty to keep you interested without being overwhelming, as so many of the big sewing shows are.

The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and is by a guest speaker Chris Spring. Chris is the curator of the British Museum's Africa Collection, so he knows an awful lot about African textiles! His talk is called "Social Fabric - textiles and teamwork in East and Southern Africa"

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free parking right outside the hall. Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes will be available and there is plenty of space to catch up with your textile loving friends.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

12 Jun 2018: Appleby Textile Group
Talk
A journey along the ancient Silk Route from Khiva in Uzbekistan to Kashgar in China looking at the textiles we found along the way.
Appleby Guide Hut, Cumbria CA16 6QU
Tue 12 Jun 2018, 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Although long gone, the ancient Silk Route which linked China with the west, still retains a memory of former textile glories. This section of the route begins in Khiva and passes through the desert khanates of Bokhara and Samarkhand, across wild and mountainous Kyrgyzstan and finishes on the remote and desolate far western border of China.

The people of these regions have seen huge changes to their traditional ways of life and cultural values by Soviet or Han Chinese domination as well as the ever-present demands of 21st century life. However, hand made textiles still play a central role in everyday life and in many cases, production of handicrafts of all kinds is making a triumphant return.

Jim and I have recently completed an overland trip along the Silk Route focusing on textile producing centres. On the way we discovered carpet making, natural dyeing, fine suzani embroidery, felt making and silk ikat weaving. 

16 Jun 2018: World Textile Day Scotland
Show
Bridge of Allan Parish Hall, Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, Sterling
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

We always enjoy our annual visit to Scotland and spend a few days there. This year is the 8th year at Bridge of Allan, a superb hall which is pretty easy to access by train or car from many parts of Scotland.

Mostly we enjoy the enthusiasm of our customers and we always make sure we bring along plenty of good stuff. 

The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and is by me, Diane. My talk will be called "Many Hands make Light Work" and its a new talk! I will be showing how many of my favourite textiles have been made, not by one person, but by a whole team. I'm looking forward to it.

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free parking near the hall and in Bridge of Allan, and the station is a short walk away Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes will be available and there is plenty of space to catch up with your textile loving friends.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

19 Jul 2018: Embrioders Guild South Cheshire Branch
Talk
Costume plays a vital role in showing identity and kinship in the hilltribe and minority people of south east Asia.
Audlem Public Hall, 12 Cheshire Street, Audlem, Crewe, Cheshire, CW3 0AH
Thu 19 Jul 2018, 10.30 am

 

The “Golden Triangle” where three countries - Thailand, Laos and Burma, meet is so called because of the fortunes made from opium. But there is still great wealth to be found in the wonderful textiles of the hilltribes who live in this remote and mountainous area.

The traditional clothes the women make for their families are a riot of colour with stunning embroidery, embellishment and weaving techniques. You will be full of admiration for this wonderful work done by hard-working women in remote and difficult surroundings.

8 Sep 2018: World Textile Day East
Show
Mundford Village Hall, near Swaffham, Norfolk
Sat 8 Sep 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

Back to Norfolk for our annual visit to Norfolk and some bird watching on the way there and back! The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and this year we have two very special guest speakers. Sue and David Richardson are experts in Indonesian textiles and every year they lead tours around the islands of Nusa Tenggera. They will be talking about the ikat textiles of Sumba (very dear to my heart!) and how they are made as a co-operative venture.

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free parking right outside the hall. Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes will be available and there is plenty of space to catch up with your textile loving friends.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

10 Sep 2018: Westbury Park Quilters
Talk
Beautiful batik from Java. You will never look at batik in the same way again!
Badminton School, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3BA
Mon 10 Sep 2018

   

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.

29 Sep 2018: World Textile Day North
Show
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7QN
Sat 29 Sep 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

This venue couldn't be easier to find! It's very accessible by motorway from all over the north. Added to this is the friendliness of the venue and the fact that many textile groups meet here. The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and is by Jim Gaffney! The talk is called "Many Hands make Light Work" and its a new talk! Jim will be showing how many of his personal favourite textiles have been made, not by one person, but by a whole team. 

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free parking right outside the hall in Frodsham and lots of nice cafes just a short walk away. Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes will be available and there is plenty of space to catch up with your textile loving friends. As usual the Braid Sociey will be setting up their "have a go" demonstrations in one of the rooms.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here

 

6 Oct 2018: World Textile Day West
Show
Saltford Hall, Saltford. Between Bristol and Bath BS31 3BY
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 10am to 4.30pm

 Always our last show of the year and one of the best. The Community Association do everything to help us with publicity and run a great cafe. There are also lots of keen quilters, weavers and general textile lovers around the area, who come to support us.

The theme for all this year's World Textile Days is: "WORKING TOGETHER" and we'll reflect this in our exhibition and the main talk of the day

The morning talk is at 11am and is by Bob Irwin of the African Fabric Shop. This year he will be talking, not about textiles, but about beads. His talk "Beauty and the Bead" shows how beads are made by communities in West Africa.

In the afternoon at 2pm, one of the traders will give a talk on "One of our favourite textiles" and then there will be time for you to bring along one of your favourite textiles and talk about it.

The day is FREE and the tickets for either the afternoon or the morning session cost just £3 each.

There is plenty of free parking right outside the hall. Teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes will be available and there is plenty of space to catch up with your textile loving friends.

More info about all our World Textile Days can be found here