Sound & Weave Exhibition 11 August – 29 September

The British Tapestry Group launches an innovative new exhibition which introduces the concept of sound, extending the horizons of this woven form and embracing a multi-disciplinary approach. The UK exhibition will begin at Gracefield Arts Centre, Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1JQ. Find out more …

Sound and Weave

Annual Broughton Gathering – 18 August

The Edinburgh Guild of Weavers, Spinning and Dyeing invite you to their gathering on Saturday 18 August 2018. The venue is Broughton Village Hall, Broughton nr Biggar, ML12 6HQ and the event will run between 10am and 4pm.

Tea, coffee and home baking is available all day or you can bring lunch or buy something at the cafe just across the street. There is parking behind the hall. Entry is £2.

The list of suppliers for this year include: Black Cat soaps, Chork’n’Drum sock patterns, Midwinter Yarns, New Leaf Yarns, Queen of Purls, Rena Douglas fleeces and Weft Blown.

Botanical Inks Workshop – Saturday 18 August 10am-3pm

Join Babs Behans of Botanical Inks for a day of botanical textile dyeing, using natural Mayfield flowers and exotic natural dye pigments to imprint cloth with contemporary kaleidoscopic patterns, using the bundle-dye technique and organic British-grown silk cloth. For making into a scarf, cushion cover, ribbons, clothing or other creative projects, infused with herbal essences.

Bundle dyeing is an innovative process which by-passes the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their healing herbal qualities into cloth. Using intuitive herbalism, we will make healing textiles aligned with each individual’s needs. Using plant vinegars, steam and a variety of simple fold and bind techniques, a range of patterns can be achieved. Certain flowers, herbs and plant materials are used to achieve a variety of hues, with colour fast results. A selection will be provided in class for you to work with, along with a very special, organic British-grown haboutai silk.

Along with gaining a new skill which you can repeat again and again for yourself, you will learn about intuitive herbalism, plant symbolism, natural dyeing, responsible foraging for local dyes and mordants, ceremonial textiles, and you will take away with you a beautifully natural dye printed silk cloth. All materials are included and provided, including a 50 x 140cm length of organic British grown haboutai silk.

Class led by Babs Behans and hosted by Mayfield Flowers at Kirkmuir Farm, Kilwinning Road, Stewarton, East Ayrshire KA3 3DZ. Saturday 18 August 2018 refreshments and light lunch included, £125

Spinning Marathon – 11-14 October

Fibre-East are really happy to be sponsoring the new British Spinning Event to coincide with Wool Week.  They currently have 14 teams registered and several Guilds have already formed teams, so please consider joining us for some fun, friends, challenges and helping a good charity – Air Ambulance. For more information – The British Spinning Marathon brochure