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

Alzheimers Quilt Display – 20 – 23 September

Garden Wise Dumfries will be hosting a display of quilts to raise awareness of dementia. Quilts were made by Ann Hill, Quilter in Residence at Alzheimer Scotland, and quilters from all over the world including our own Dumfries and Galloway. To date Ann has raised £96,380 from the sale of quilts and by giving talks and exhibiting the large memory exhibition quilts around the world. Just back from the Spanish International Quilt Festival this week, Ann is bringing the quilts home to Dumfries to let those living with dementia see them and come and talk to Ann and her team along with members of staff from Alzheimer Scotland about what dementia means to them. Find out more …

Inspiring Women – 27 September

The University of the West of Scotland invites you to join them at their latest Inspiring Women event, scheduled for Thursday 27th September, on their Paisley Campus.

An interesting and fun selection of speakers, demonstrations and workshops running from 10am – 1pm.  Hosted by the Principal of the University, Professor Craig Mahoney, they’ll be welcoming panels and artwork of the Tapestry of Renfrewshire to the Campus, with the opportunity to create your own Paisley teardrop for inclusion in the tapestry, or to add a stitch to one of the panels.  Come hear poetry inspired by and celebrating the Paisley Mill Girls, try your hand at spinning and weaving techniques with spinning wheels, a of looms and tapestry frames. A selection of shawls from the world famous collection at Paisley Museum will be on display, or try your hand at the Women’s History Quiz or the Timeline Challenge delivered by the Glasgow Women’s Library.  They also have a workshop on digital technologies in textile industries, as well as an Art for Animation demonstration, exhibiting real-time 2D Art production reflecting on the artwork associated with the Tapestry of Renfrewshire.  Hear from Jilli Blackwood, globally celebrated textile designer and get up close to the Tapestry of Renfrewshire panels and artwork.

It’s a free event, starting at 10am and running until 1pm on our Paisley Campus.  Do please register here – places are limited, so early booking is essential!

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