World Textile Days 2014                                 

World Textile Day West
Saltford, Bristol

The Spirit of the Cloth

They said, 'Go west.' So we did: all they way to Saltford, near Bristol, for our first World Textile Day in the West Country.

And what a day it was, with visitors coming from as far afield as Cornwall to enjoy our free exhibtion of world textiles, two informative and entertaining lectures and fantastic refreshments courtesy of the volunteers of the Saltford Community Association.

The feedback was great and we're looking forward already to returning to Saltford Hall next year for another great World Textile Day with our theme Textile Adventures.

Special thanks to Salford Community Associaton for their friendly hospitality and to our good friend and local textile artist Liz Hewitt for her help organising and spreading the word.

'Team World Textiles' at our first
World Textile West in Saltford, Bristol

Vintage, collectable, wearable and useful textiles:
You'll find it all at World Textile Day

The Tentmakers of Cairo:
Beautiful, needle-turned appliqué wallhangings

World Textile Day East
Mundford, Norfolk

The Spirit of the Cloth

For our second World Textile Day in Norfolk, visitors braved poor weather and driving conditions to get to the venue. Thank you all for making the day a success.

This year we welcomed two new exhibitors: Joyce Doel and her collection of vintage textiles from around the world and Joan and John Fisher with their stunning wallhangings by the famous Tentmakers of Cairo.

Many thanks to Alveva Quilters for their wonderful home-baked goodies and also for the loan of their quilt stands to hang and display our textiles from around the world.

Our world textile experts at our second
World Textile East in Mundford, Norfolk

Meri Hunneyball:
Tukuru Textiles from South America

Cakes 'R' Us:
Alveva Quilters Tea Team ready for action

World Textile Day Scotland
Bridge of Allan

The Spirit of the Cloth

With our third World Textile Day in Scotland, this is fast becoming a major event in Scotland's 'textile calendar'.

The turnout of textile fanatics in Bridge of Allan on 21 June was truly phenomenal.

Visitors came from as far away as Aberdeen and Northumberland - wow!

As always, a big part of our day in Scotland is the local support we get from Session Quilters, who worked tirelessly to spread the word and baked fantastic cakes and goodies.

Examining a cloth from John Gillow's
extensive collection of world textiles

Magie Relph and her hand-dyed batiks from West Africa
always attract a crowd

The Divas of Session Quilters:
Home-baked cakes and goodies galore!

World Textile Day South - Romsey

The Spirit of the Cloth

Our first World Textile Day in the south of England at Romsey, Hampsire on 5 April really took us by surprise. There were so many people and the buzz around Crosfield Hall was literally palpable.

A big 'thank you' to Meon Valley Quilters for their support and delicious home-baked goodies. Bob just loved the lemon drizzle cake! Thanks also to Romsey Quilters, who graciously supplied us with quilt stands to hang our textiles.

We've had some lovely 'thank you' emails, as well as a few helpful suggestions for making a great day out even better next year.

For example, due to fire regulations, we were only able to accommodate 70 people sitting for the morning and afternoon lectures by John Gillow and Martin Conlan. To those who missed out, we can only apologise. We were truly surprised by the numbers and are aiming to find a solution for the future.

We also had a technical glitch with the morning slide presentation. Without going into detail, again we are very sorry. We were able to solve the problem for the afternoon session and now that we know the answer it won't happen again. Promise!

All in all, a great day out.

Joan Fisher of Khayamiya Egyption Appliqués discusses a wallhanging by the famous 'Tentmakers of Cairo'

Crowds of textile lovers tasting the tactile goodies at
World Textile Day in Romsey, Hampshire

Always come hungry to World Textile Day:
Wonderful home baking by Meon Valley Quilters

World Textile Day Wales - Llanidloes

The Spirit of the Cloth

The newly refurbished Minerva Arts Centre hosted our sixth (yes!) World Textile Day Wales on an invitingly sunny 15 March. And - yet again - those of you who cherish and appreciate wonderful textiles came for a unique and stimulating day out. For your enthusiasm and support, we thank you.

John Gillow's morning lecture Textiles of the Islamic World drew record numbers and despite a small technical fault with the projector (now fixed!), the audience of textile lovers learned and laughed along with John's informative and entertaining anecdotes.

Martin Conlan continued the theme in the afternoon with his fascinating talk Sacred and Spiritual Textiles of South West China.

Meanwhile, the shoppers shopped, the hungry ate home-baked cakes and the curious investigated the yurt out front - courtesy of our friend Lawrence Moore of Moore Yurts. Amazing!

Thanks to all who came and especially to Doreen and the gang at the Minerva Centre for their support, hospitality and cakes!

Jim and Diane Gaffney of Textile Traders:
Textile temptations from villages across Asia

Magie Relph of The African Fabric Shop:
Textiles, beads and inspiration from across Africa

Lawrence Moore of Moore Yurts erects an attention-grabbing yurt outside the Minerva Arts Centre