For this Challenge you will use your core skills-spinning, weaving, dyeing to create a textile for our Gathering Exhibition towards the end of the year. This year, the theme is Ethnicity: belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.

You might want to bring together the strands of your own ethnic identity in creating an original piece which blends the skills of your forebears e.g. spinning/dyeing the fibre and knitting/weaving something with Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, French, German, Scandinavian, Indian, American, African etc. influences; or you might explore the Textiles of the World and be inspired to make a textile which brings new ideas to your creative head and new techniques to your inventive hands

Africa’s many countries have their own traditional methods and use many different raw materials to make their textiles: look up www.africanfabrics.co.uk

China has a long history of using silk: look up www.chinasilkmuseum.com

Japan too has a long and illustrious history of textiles: have a look at www.kimonoboy.com

South East Asia is a great area to explore for amazing ideas: see www.tribaltextiles.info

To range widely over the world check out www.clothroads.com

If this Challenge fazes you, please talk to Rita about your ideas/plans.