World Textile Days 2012                                 

World Textile Day Scotland - 2012

An Exhibition of Costume, Creativity and Colour

You can say this about Scottish textile lovers: they really do go the extra mile, with visitors coming all the way from Aberdeen and Inverness to ogle our exhibition of traditional costumes and textiles.

The atmosphere was fantastic, especially during the informative and entertaining talks.

In the morning, world textile expert John Gillow wafted pieces from his enormous collection. Amazing!

In the afternoon Diane Gaffney followed suit, showing and discussing clothing for ceremonies and celebrations. Amazing, again!

Thanks to all of our visitors for making the day so enjoyable. And extra special thanks to our hosts The Divas of Session Quilters, who kept us all happy with their wonderful home baking.

World textiles expert John Gillow
discusses a piece from his fabulous collection

Throngs of enthusiastic shoppers admire the textiles at our first World Textile Day Scotland

Incredible stitching is a hallmark of central Asian textiles
[John Gillow collection]

World Textile Day Wales - 2012

Stitched Stories: Telling Tales in Cloth

Once again World Textile Day Wales proved a testament to the enthusiasm of the textile lovers of Mid-Wales and beyond.

All day long shoppers rummaged through the vast array of textiles on offer and indulged in wonderful home-baking courtesy of our hosts at the Minerva Arts Centre. This year we welcomed a new expert to our team - Liz Beasley, who researches and trades in wonderful hand-dyed, woolen goods from the Andes of Chile.

Meanwhile, it was a packed house for both of our talks.

In the morning presentation 'Talking with Threads' expert collector Martin Conlan discussed Chinese textile traditions.

In the afternoon session 'Close Up Sashiko' Japanese textile expert Susan Briscoe showed pieces from her collection and demonstrated this fascinating technique.

Thanks to everyone - helpers and visitors alike - for making World Textile Day Wales a great day out for all!

Susan Briscoe discusses Japanese Sashiko
in front of a packed house of textile lovers

Fabric hunters surround Magie Relph
and her tempting array of African fabrics

Another fascinating piece from Martin Conlan