15 August: 1. Showcase, 2. Call for Entries: Weaving Water, Woven Land, 3. Anni Albers video, 4. Voluntary Arts, 5. ATW News, 6. Selvedge

1. Showcase Update


Veronica Collins Showcase page

2. Call for Entries: Weaving Water, Woven Land

Clare writes:

Hi Folks,

Just a reminder about the deadline for the Scottish regional exhibition at Farfield, submission forms are needed for entries by 31/8/19, whilst we can give a “wee” bit leeway with that we need to have a better idea of numbers and entries so we can plan accordingly for the hanging.

Please find attached the entry form for your submissions. The form is on page 3.

Thanks to those who have already sent these on, please return entries to this address and not my old address at madasafish.



Email Clare Coyle at:

Call for entries in the attached PDF: Weaving Water-Woven Land EXHIBITION _ CALL FOR ENTRY

3. Anni Albers video

For those of you who, like me, missed the programme on BBC, here is a link to BBC iPlayer. Sorry for those outside the UK, as this will not be available abroad. For those who can access it, it is available until 17 September 2019.

4. Voluntary Arts


Epic Awards ceremony

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Arts Council England strategy

Arts Council England recently published the draft of their new ten year strategy (2020-2030) which will shape its development, advocacy and investment approach over the next decade. This draft follows 18 months of evidence gathering and extensive consultation. Before the final version of the strategy is published later this year, ACE are conducting an online consultation on the current draft. The consultation is open to anyone at this link until it closes on 23 September 2019.

Voluntary Arts and others have been heavily involved in the consultations on the strategy thus far and it is extremely encouraging to see significantly increased emphasis on supporting and encouraging opportunities for everyone to participate in creativity. In the draft strategy, it says “…we want England to become a country where the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish…”. The three key outcomes proposed by the strategy are: Creative People, Cultural Communities, and A Creative & Cultural Country. In this new article in Arts Professional, Deputy Chief Executive of ACE, Simon Mellor, says “The Arts Council has to date not always been full throated in our support for the idea that everyone should be given opportunities to develop their creativity. With the new strategy we are suggesting that we should do more to promote opportunities for everyone, at all stages of their life, to be creative.”

We feel that the trajectory demonstrated by this shift in language around creativity and the new outcomes is extremely positive and would encourage others who support creative participation for everyone in England to make their views known at this crucial stage. Our Chief Executive, Robin Simpson, has drafted some helpful notes [attached] which you might find useful when responding to the consultation. Remember that you do not have to complete every section in the consultation. It is fine to concentrate on the areas of most interest. Do let us know if you would like to discuss this further.

5. ATW News


Please join us for the opening of ‘Place Makers’ at the Australian Tapestry Workshop on Tuesday 24 September 2019, 6 – 8pm.
Place Makers’ includes the work of eight artists who use textiles to investigate history, self, place and identity. Each artist identifies with a unique cultural heritage; their use of textiles serves as an anchor point for their personal histories and their contextualisation within the broader Australian milieu.

Read more about this and the whole newsletter at:

6. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 32


(I sent the following out a few weeks ago. Not tapestry but worth a look and in this article it is shown better so you can see it is a World map. Unfortunately, it is located in the departure area at Heathrow Terminal 2, so if you are not flying from there you cannot see it in person.)

Botanical Tapestry.
Environmental issues are deeply important to Vanessa Barragão, especially when it comes to…

Read the story.

Stitches In Gold. (OK, this is embroidery, but look at that bee!)
You’ve probably already seen Laura Baverstock’s work. The London-based embroidery artist…

Read the story.

I came across something else (not in the newsletter) whilst browsing:

The Baltic is hosting an exciting exhibition of unusual sculptures and wall reliefs by Nigerian artist, Ifeoma U. Anyaeji. This is the first major exhibition of Anyaeji’s work in the UK. The pieces on display are crafted out of ‘Plasto-yarns’, a term Anyaeji uses to describe the material from which she makes her intriguing, colourful and organic work. Her primary source materials are nonbiodegradable plastic/polythene bags and bottles, both substantial global pollutants, and …

Have a look and read the rest at:

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18 August: 1. Discount to BTG Members at weaversbazaar, 2. Workshops, 3. HCA, 4. Textile Society Awards, 5. ATA, 6. Selvedge

1. Discounted Supplies to BTG Members at Weaversbazaar website

We are delighted to announce that BTG and weaversbazaar have made an arrangement to provide a 10% discount facility to BTG members for weaversbazaar goods.

The discount is available on all non-discounted products purchased through the weaversbazaar website (on-line sales only), excluding workshops and Masterclasses.

To find out how to make purchases please go to the Members Area on the BTG Website

2. Workshops

Exploring Tapestry with Macramé – Forest Row, East Sussex October 26th 10.00am to 16.00pm

Dianne Miles will be teaching the techniques for your own version of a tapestry-woven and macramé-knotted bracelet to take away. Suitable for anyone who has basic knowledge of weaving but no experience of macramé which Dianne will teach from first principles. After exploring some ideas for incorporating macramé into designs for tapestry weaving students will work on a ready warped tapestry frame, or bring your own. We will provide equipment and a full range of weaversbazaar coloured yarns for weaving and knotting plus felt and beads to embellish and finish your work

Refreshments will be provided but bring your own lunch. Early Bird price of £60.00 will apply until 5th October and thereafter £85.

Book online: Exploring Tapestry with Macramé
Shaped 3D Tapestry Weaving – Angmering, West Sussex, October 11th to 13th.

Barbara Burns is an internationally renowned weaver from the USA who is visiting the UK and Ireland this autumn to deliver this very special Tapestry Weaving class. Barbara is well known for her woven burlesque images and portraiture and also for the development of 3-dimensional art tapestry garments. It is the specialist techniques for design and creation of 3-dimensional shapes in tapestry that will be the focus of the masterclass. The event starts with a presentation from Barbara, of her experiences with designing and weaving shaped tapestries followed by 2 full teaching days.

The fee of £250 includes tuition (payable in 2 instalments), free use of weaversbazaar’s yarns, lunches and refreshments.

Book online: Shaped 3D Tapestry Weaving

3. Heritage Crafts Association News


Whitchurch Silk Mill seeks trainee weaver

Deadline: 26 August 2019, 5pm
Whitchurch Silk Mill is looking for a Trainee Weaver who is keen to learn how to make silk on its Victorian machinery. As a working museum they are seeking someone with a practical hands-on approach with a genuine interest in heritage and weaving silk on tappet and dobby looms. During this one year training post the trainee will learn how to wind, warp and weave and work in this working museum in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.

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4. The Textile Society’s 2019 Student award winners

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5. ATA News

Artist pages:

Judy Ann Ness
Judy Ann Ness has a very interesting tapestry history that includes studying at University of Oregon, jacquard weaving at Foundation Lizio in Florence, and with Sarah Natani, a traditional Dine weaver.

See her work here.

Lyn Hart
Lyn Hart resides in Tucson, AZ and has studied with natural dyer, Jane Hoffman. As an avid painter and drawer, Hart was attracted to fiber techniques, including tapestry weaving, becoming the first tapestry weaver to be awarded an artist-in-residence from the National Park Service.

6. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 31


Chromo Sapiens.
As the visitor walks into the converted warehouse, they are confronted with a cavernous space drowning in colour. In this multi-sensory installation, three distinct chambers surround the visitor with synthetic hair, which has been dyed all the hues of the rainbow…

Read the story.

Mural And Spatial.
Until October, the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson, France is collaborating with…

Read the story.

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Something else I came across by accident:

Woven By Hand
Woven By Hand: Contemporary Canadian Tapestries is a collective of recent tapestries designed and woven by eleven Canadian tapestry artists and curated by Thoma Ewen. Each artist is a master in the art and craft of tapestry weaving, having dedicated many decades to creation in this medium and each is recognised internationally for their outstanding artistry, achievements and commitment to the medium of tapestry.

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10 August: 1. Open Studios, 2. Workshop, 3. Fabric of the North, 4. Cordis Showcase, 5. Another so called ‘tapestry’!, 6. Selvedge

1. Open Studios in Argyll

Louise Oppenheimer welcomes visitors over the open studios in Argyll with

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August & Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September

A warm welcome to all. I’d love to meet!

And do click on the link to a short video showing my studio:

Louise Oppenheimer's open tapestry studio

Louise Oppenheimer
East Cottage
Kilmichael Glassary


2. Workshop: Mindful Weaving

Jenny writes:

On 8th October I shall be holding a day’s course on Mindful Weaving, at Claridge House, a lovely guest house in Surrey. The cost will be £50, but there is the option of arranging for bed and breakfast the previous night. I would be grateful if you could let your members know about this event. I have recently joined the British Tapesty Group myself.

This workshop offers an introduction to both handweaving and mindfulness. Using a mixture of theory and practice, we will explore the ways in which weaving can be used to help introduce periods of peacefulness, awareness and creative expression into our lives. We will be able to share our experiences in a comfortable and accepting setting. Everyone will go home with a small piece of tapestry weaving of their own. All equipment will be provided.

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and worked for 25 years in the NHS. I am also an amateur weaver and have experience of teaching weaving to adults, including those with disabilities.

Best wishes and thanks

Jenny Webb

Mindful Weaving

Tuesday, 8th October, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost is £50, to include refreshments and vegetarian lunch.
Bed and breakfast may also be booked, for £65 single room, £80 double room

Venue: Claridge House, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6QH.
tel. 01342 832150

3. ‘Fabric of the North’ 2020 – Poster Display of Tapestries

An invitation is extended to all regional and overseas members of BTG to
submit an image of your tapestry for display as an A3 poster during our
exhibition, ‘Fabric of the North’, 2020.

An example is given in the attached PDF. Please include your name, title of work, and
photographer’s name.

For more information, contact Sally Reckert




See PDF with example: Poster display Fabric of the North, 2020

4. 2019 Cordis Tapestry Showcase

Call For Entries

The Tapestry Showcase will return for a fifth year to newly refurbished Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, in the heart of Princes Street Gardens this November. The object of the showcase is to encourage the work of amateur and emerging weavers, and to give them a platform to exhibit and sell their work in a venue of national prestige.
We are now inviting submissions from aspiring weavers to express their originality and creativity through the medium of weaving. The judging panel will select works based on the quality and originality of the design, evidence of a creative process, and on the level of weaving skills demonstrated.

Important Dates
• Open For Entry: 8 August 2019
• Entry Deadline: 29 October 2019
• Selection Notification: 13 November 2019
• Artwork Delivery: by 20 November 2019 (by post only)
• Exhibition Open To Public: 29 November 2018 – late Jan 2020 (date tbc)
• Collection of unsold work: late Jan 2019 (date tbc)

Guidelines: Cordis Tapestry Showcase Call for Entries – 2019

Apply Online:

5. Another so called ‘tapestry’!

The Royston Tapestry depicts 15 scenes from the Hertfordshire town’s history . . .

Read about it at:

6. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 30


Color Riot.
Colour is all around at the Heard Museum this summer, as a dazzling exhibition of Navajo weavings…

Read the story.

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3 August: 1. BTG exhibition in Hampshire, 2. Painting Holiday in Scarborough

1. BTG exhibition in Hampshire

Members from the BTG are demonstrating tapestry weaving at the Vyne, a National Trust house in Hampshire.
The tapestries from the house’s tapestry room are being conserved which has provided an opportunity for us to exhibit contemporary tapestries and explain the nature of tapestry weaving with a display of historical text panels, illustrative tapestry samples and showing visitors the techniques involved. The display continues to the end of the August.

For more information please private message Lorna C Goldsmith at
BTG Tapestry Demonstration at The Vyne
The Vyne
Vyne Road
Sherborne St John
RG24 9HL

Opening times:
Mon to Fri 12 – 16
Sat, Sun 11 – 16
(admission fees apply):


2. Painting Holiday in Scarborough

Suzanne writes:

I have had to cancel a landscape painting holiday in Yorkshire (Scarborough) with an excellent tutor because I’ve been diagnosed with a stress fracture in my foot.
The dates are from 3.00 Sunday18th Aug till 10.00 a.m. Friday 23rd.Aug, with full board .
The full cost is £450 but I wouldn’t want the full amount .I have paid up-front and can’t get a refund so It would be nice just to have something!
I know it’s painting not weaving but I wondered if it would be possible to send it out to BTG – it might appeal to someone!
Thank you in hopeful anticipation!

Suzanne Osborn
T: 0208 450 8224


1 August: 1. Emma Jo Webster at Pittenweem Arts Festival, 2. Selvedge

1. Emma Jo Webster at Pittenweem Arts Festival

Emma Jo writes:

Emma Jo Webster is taking part in Pittenweem Arts Festival- venue 42 – which is at 5 Midshore Pittenweem ( near icecream shop!). I’d be delighted to see you there! From Friday evening 2nd August till Sunday 11th of August

Best wishes Emma Jo
Emma Jo Webster Tapestry at Pittenweem Arts Festival - August 2019
Friday (evening) 2 August to Sunday 11 August

Pittenweem Arts Festival
5 Midshore

2. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 29

NB: If you are interested in the story Eventually All Museums Will Be Ships, follow this link (the one in their newsletter is broken):

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