EXHIBITION: West of England Festival of Textiles 2017 (WEFT)
26th August – 18th November 2017
The biennial West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT) aims to highlight the history of textiles and crafts in the West of England, celebrating regional contemporary textile artists, craft groups and students through exhibiting their work.
WEFT 2017 is focusing on some of the traditional crafts such as tatting, netting, lace and button making. Today perhaps more unusual or less well known techniques, they were once very important for decorating and embellishing textiles. The display will show both intricate Victorian examples from the museum’s own collection, as well as the amazing work by contemporary crafters who use the techniques in a new and unusual ways.
During WEFT you can also visit the Memory Lab, a space created by the West Wilts U3A craft groups, and the display showcasing the fantastic work by the West Country Knotters. You can try out some of the techniques on Saturday 9th September, 10am-1pm, at our WEFT Craft Day.
You can also learn more about the techniques through our programme of workshops:
9th September | 11am-12pm
21st October | 11am – 1pm
28th October | 11.30am-12.15pm
28th October | 1-3pm and Saturday 4th November | 11am -1pm (2 week course)