World Textile Days 2017                                 

Theme: Colour

Finding a common theme to link our seven World Textile Days across England, Scotland and Wales is never an easy decision. But in 2017 somebody - probably Jim, our resident expert on natural dyes - blurted out the word 'colour' and our theme was instantly set for the year.

Plus: adding some great new guest speakers to our roster really spices things up for our passionate visitors. Enjoy!

World Textile Day Scotland
Bridge of Allan

17 June 2017

It was a real scorcher of a summer day for our annual visit to Bridge of Allan, but our visitors and cakes survived the heat.

Our main speaker was Martin Conlan of Slow Loris Textiles. For over thirty years, Martin has been researching and collecting the stunning textiles of the Chinese tribal minorities and as his fascinating talk demonstrated, he is one of the foremost experts in his field. Great talk, Martin... can't wait for your next one!

In the afternoon our resident 'font of all textile knowledge' John Gillow regaled the crowd with tales and textiles from his vast collection.

Then our visitors took centre stage for our popular Show & Tell session - always great fun!

All in all, another great World Textile Day in Bridge of Allan. 'Thank you, Scotland' for your enthusiastic welcome, as always.

Our world textiles experts:
Bridge of Allan, Scotland.

John Gillow:
Another textile, another great story!

Martin Conlan discusses pieces
from his collection of Chinese textiles.

World Textile Day Central
King's Sutton, Oxfordshire

3 June 2017 What a phenomenal day: our second World Textile Day at this great venue!

The atmosphere and the buzz were fantastic, with many textile enthusiasts arriving before we opened the doors, even. Good thing Beryl and Adele were ready with their wonderful cakes and goodies!

Our special guest speaker was Chris Aslan Alexander, author of Carpet Ride to Khiva, a fascinating account of his seven years helping to revitalise the carpet industry in Uzbekistan. Chris took us on an enthralling journey across Central Asia... informative, entertaining and above all inspiring. Thanks, Chris.

In the afternoon Bob Irwin took us on a different sort of journey in search of Bolga baskets in northern Ghana. Then we rolled into a popular new feature of our World Textile Days - Show & Tell. We ask our visitors to bring along a textile item to show and discuss - always interesting with some great stories too!

Thanks to all for a great welcome in King's Sutton. See you next year.

World Textile Day Show & Tell:
Like Antique Roadshow for textiles!

Chris Aslan Alexander:
A journey into colour via the Silk Road.

Cakes and textiles:
The perfect combination!

World Textile Day South - Wickham

6 May 2017 Our third World Textile Day in Wickham was really special with a big focus on indigo, the king of colours.

Our guest speaker was Jenny Balfour Paul, one of the textile world's leading experts on indigo. Jenny kept a packed house enthralled and entertained in equal measure as she introduced us to her newest book Deeper than Indigo, which follows in the dusty footsteps of forgotten explorer Thomas Machell. Fascinating!

Throughout the day visitors had a chance to have a go themselves with Shibori teacher and indigo expert Jane Callender.

A big 'thank you' to our hosts Meon Valley Quilters, whose astounding homemade cakes and goodies kept us going through an activity packed day of textiles.

And oh yes - there was plenty of shopping as well!

John Gillow dubs Magie and Bob:
Knighted and enobled with the Guinea Star (with bar) for surviving that rarely visited backwater of West Africa.

Jenny Balfour Paul:
Deeper than Indigo.

Having a go at indigo:
With Jane Callender and Jenny Balfour Paul.

World Textile Day Wales - Llanidloes

25 Mar 2017 We always love kicking off our World Textile Days season at the Minerva Centre in Llanidloes. What a great venue and what a wonderful setting for a World Textile Day.

A lovely spring day certainly brought out the crowds - much to our delight - though it did keep our gracious hosts from the Quilt Association on their toes serving up the homemade cakes.

Liz Beasely of Ananuca Textiles provided the morning talk all about the natural dyes used by the weavers in Chile where she soures her rugs, blankets, shawls and yarns.

In the afternoon we continued with our new feature - Show & Tell - where our visitors had a chance to show off some of their own textiles and textile creations. Plus, Jim Gaffney of Textile Traders did a short talk about the resurgence of natural dyes.

A big 'thank you' to the members of the Braid Society, who demonstrated their skills throughout the day.

Above all, 'thank you' to all our enthusiastic visitors for making World Textile Day Wales a smash success - again!

Liz Beasely of Ananuca Chilean Textiles:
Astounding textiles, astounding natural colours

Transfixed by world textiles:
Our talks are informative, entertaining and fun

What's more important: textiles or cakes?
You decide.