26 April: 1. Showcase Update, 2. Membership renewals, 3. Exhibition: Six Weavers

1. Showcase Update


Aruna’s Showcase page

2. Membership renewals

If you have not renewed your British Tapestry Group membership, please do so before the 5th May as we will be updating the website and e-news distribution list.
You can renew on the British Tapestry Group Website by PayPal, or by posting a cheque and membership form (downloaded from the BTG website) made payable to the British Tapestry Group and send it to:

Mrs P Furnival
8 Mead Close
PL21 9RW

3. Exhibition: Six Weavers

BTG members Jackie Bennett, William Jefferies, Tim Oelman, Suzanne Osborn, Carolyn Perry and David Stokes are exhibiting:
Six Weavers poster
30th April – 25th May 2019

PV is on Saturday 4 May: 2 – 4pm

Courtyard Arts Gallery
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Courtyard Arts & Community Centre
Port Vale | Hertford | SG14 3AA
01992 509 596


19 April: BTG news item – Selfridges piece


26/5/19 update: the Selfridges project has been put on hold!

Irene writes:

Is anyone interested in a possible collaboration for the Selfridges opportunity included in yesterday’s BTG Enews? I think it looks fascinating, but I don’t have the experience of working at that scale, or the kit for it. However, I have some ideas – and experience – of working in a participatory way, and think that there could perhaps be a very interesting option to include Selfridges staff in the weaving. Also, my work is always motivated in some way by landscape, so that’s a very relevant aspect for me.

Please email (irene.evison@outlook.com) or phone me 07977 591510, if you might be interested, and we can have a preliminary chat.

Irene Evison
E: irene.evison@outlook.com
M: 07977 591510


18 April: 1. BTG at LCW, 2. Masterclass, 3. Response, 4. ATA, 5. Commission, 6. Another Commission, 7. Trips, Treks, …, 8. Selvedge

The site has had some problems over the last week or so. This affected the Showcase pages (they were coming up as not being found) and also meant I could not update or add news. Fingers crossed, all OK now.

1. BTG at London Craft Week

BTG will be demonstrating at Craft Central, London on 12 May for London Craft Week. We will be giving out information about where people might get more information, including a list of Members Who Teach. If you are not already on the list and would like to be included, please let me know. Remember, this is a free benefit for Full Members. If you are already on the list but would rather not be included in the one we hand out, please let me know.


2. Masterclass

A New Twist on Tight Lacing – Tapestry Masterclass with Barbara Burns

Over two days students will weave a 3D tapestry in the form of a mini-corset designed and taught by renowned US tapestry artist Barbara Burns. This class is available in Angmering Sussex 11th – 13th October 2019 or Evesham Wiltshire 6th – 8th October 2019 Details and booking here https://www.weaversbazaar.com/product-list/workshops–masterclasses/a-new-twist-on-tight-lacing-masterclass


3. Response “Wissa Wassef?” in last issue of BTG eNews

Pru writes:

Hi Eleonora!
Just wanted to say thank you for all your fabulous help re my WW tapestry. I had a number of immediate responses- one of which led me to the answer.

It’s not a WW but a copy of a famous tapestry by Ali Seliem. Also the wool colours are not the natural vegetable dyes which they use. It came from Ikram Nosshi from the Centre.

Would it be possible for me to post the response and my thanks somewhere on the BTG site cos I had a wonderful response.
Many thanks again.


4. ATA

American Tapestry Biennial 13

Deadline: October 15th, 2019

Call for Entry details at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/atbiennials/american-tapestry-biennial-13/

5. Commission

26/5/19 update: the Selfridges project has been put on hold!

Lauren Kane writes:


I’m looking to either purchase or commission a large tapestry of around 5M long by 1.5M height.

I was hoping you could give some advice on the best way to go about this as it’s not something I have experience of.

The idea for the tapestry is that we find an appropriate piece probably a more modern abstract landscape and we then want to have small recycled paper tags sewn into it.

Would could either look after this element ourselves or have it incorporated when the tapestry is being produced.

The tags will have messages on them from team members in honour of one of our store directors who sadly passed away this year.

Therefore the tags will have memories written on and we thought the tapestry would be a nice way for her and the memories to live on.

We would then look to frame the tapestry and have in hung in our internal staff space here in Selfridges.

I’ve attached some images of some styles that may work but we could let the artist know the type of colours of the tags so they could tie then into the tapestry.

I hope that makes sense!

Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Would I just need to email artists directly?



Lauren Kane
3D Creative Manager
3D Creative
Head Office, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB

6. Another Commission: Exact Copy?!

Daniel writes:

Dear British Tapestry Group,

I am looking for someone who would be willing to make an exact copy of the tapestry Les pecheurs (The Fishermen) by Alber Eckhout and Frans Post. Do you know anyone who I would be able to commission for this piece?

Daniel St. Thomas Smith


7. Trips, Treks, Trails and Travels

Fate, Destiny and Self Determination
is an international tapestry initiative . Weavers and non weavers from all over the world are invited to participate. To date 470 people from 39 countries have contributed a total of 794 shapes. It continues to grow by accepting shapes indefinitely. More arrive daily. Contact me if you are interested in participating.

Is there a gallery in your area that you think would be interested in hosting the installation? I can send you the information or let me know who to contact.


Upcoming Exhibitions

The Missisippi Valley Textile Museum, not far from Ottawa Ontario Canada.
2022 (exact date not specified)

Due to financial reasons, Brasil had to withdraw its invitation, but they continue to hope to receive the installation at some later date.

8. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 14


Art And Identity.
Spread throughout many rooms in the gallery-home of Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown, co-owners of Browngrotta Arts…

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7 April: 1. Wissa Wassef?, 2. BTG Instagram, 3. ATW News, 4. Chrissie Freeth at Saltaire and Skipton, 5. Tadek Beutlich, 6. Selvedge

1. Wissa Wassef?

Pru writes:

Good morning!
I wonder if you can help me? In this month’s issue of Tapestry Weaver Stacey Harvey-Brown’s has an article on the Ramses Wissa Wassef Arts Centre. I think I have an original tapestry, bought 25 years ago in Egypt, and would like to authenticate it. Do you know how I might go about this?
I would be ever so grateful for some help.
Thank you in advance.

Pru Irvine

Please contact Pru directly at: pru@thehopes.co.uk

Is this a Wissa Wassef

2. BTG Instagram

Emma Jo writes:

Hi all! I’ve started looking after the Instagram account for the British Tapestry group – if you are on Instagram please follow us at @btgweavers or tag us in your posts ! If you have images that you’d like posted up please send them to emmajowebster@gmail.com
If you have work on the loom just now that’d be wonderful too just send pictures to me with a msg of what you’d like to say and I’ll do my best….
Best wishes Emma Jo

Instagram contact: emmajowebster@gmail.com

NOTE: Katie Russell is still handling the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

3. ATW News


Kate Derum and Irene Davies Awards
Held every two years by the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) these unique awards celebrate creativity and excellence in contemporary tapestry, and are the most prestigious small tapestry awards in Australasia.

Entries open: Monday 1 April 2019
Entries close: Friday 31 May 2019

Visit austapestry.com.au for full entry requirements and to enter online: https://austapestry.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8a91a12e4e71c3757fa310923&id=c291530512&e=b52803ebd6

Read the whole newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/austapestry/atw-news-march?e=b52803ebd6

4. Chrissie Freeth at Saltaire and Skipton

Chrissie Freeth : TheNook
Chrissie Freeth : The Nook (2018)


Chrissie Freeth and her tapestries will be at:

25-27 May Saltaire Arts Trail, Saltaire, West Yorkshire

For trail details, events and times go to http://www.saltaireinspired.org.uk/saltaire-arts-trail/

10-11th August Art in the Pen, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Skipton Auction Mart
Gargrave Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1UD

For event details, participating artists and times go to https://www.artinthepen.org.uk/skipton

5. Tadek Beutlich

Liz Hankins writes:

Dear BTG administrators

I am very pleased to let you know about this event which is in less than two weeks time in Eastbourne and will be the last event I do with Beutlich textiles. Eastbourne Artists Open Houses are also open that weekend. I would be glad if you would share this on your events pages as I am keen to give as many people, particularly textile artists and students, this opportunity to see Tadek’s work.

Tadek Beutlich (1922-2011) was famous from the 1960s onwards for his Off the Loom weaving and fibre art and I will be taking examples of all these to this event for the last time before I hand what remains back to the Beutlich family. Having spent the past 5 years assisting the Beutlich family to pass on Tadek’s legacy, I am glad to say that my efforts have meant that the V&A have substantially added to their collection of textiles and prints by Tadek Beutlich; that Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft held an exhibition of Beutlich textiles and prints Sept 2016-March 2017 and now have a piece on display on long term loan; and that the exhibition of Tadek’s textiles and prints at The Jointure Studios in Ditchling in March 2017 was a fantastic success.

I am the daughter of Tadek Beutlich’s former assistant Fay Hankins and she will be with me at FibreFest for several hours on both days to answer any questions. I am focusing on sharing his teaching, showing a variety of examples not previously exhibited, demonstrating Tadek’s techniques which can be purchased in bunches or as mixed collections and there will be discounts for textile students. There will also be larger textiles on display too and I am happy to liaise with anyone who wishes to see a particular piece. Tadek’s impressive sisal piece called Winged Insect, with its 3.5m wing span is hanging above the exhibition area in the roof space of the Enterprise Centre (all work is for sale).

More photos will be appearing on my Vision Gallery website (www.vision-gallery.co.uk ) before the event so do keep checking.

I will be welcoming any enquiries after the event until mid June.

Details are on the attached flyers.

Many thanks and I hope to see you there.

best wishes


6. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 12


Tracing The Female Line. (OK, this is painting, not tapestry. But do have a look at it!)

As Sunday was Mother’s Day, we would like to celebrate the success of Jennifer McRae; the…

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Once Upon A Tapestry. (I’m afraid this is a bit far away for most of us, in California)
Currently showing at The Norton Simon Museum is Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido…

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Read Newsletter No. 12 at: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-176989?e=b4676973e5

Read Newsletter No. 11 at: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-176981?e=b4676973e5

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