28 March: BTG eNEWS 9 (Mar 28) 1. Membership Renewal, 2. BTG – Stay Connected, 3. Matty Smith,
4. Exhibition, 5. Selvedge

1. Membership Renewal Reminder

If you have not already done so, this is to remind you that membership renewal is due on 1 April. We do realise that it is not always easy to renew on the website. We are working on a new website, but bear with us whilst that is being done. 

To renew on the website:

By post: Download the PDF of the Membership and Data Protection Form and post it to us with a cheque made payable to “The British Tapestry Group”. The address is on the form.
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Finishing a Tapestry Workshop

March 7th 2020 10am to 4pm
Location: weaversbazaar Blackbirds Studio, Forest Row, Sussex. UK

Tapestry Weaver Margaret Jones will be teaching this workshop on how to finish tapestries well. During this workshop Margaret will look at design for a good finish, blocking out, using tape round the edges, backing, framing and hanging to create a good finish. She will also look at how to back shaped tapestries. Suitable for all with some weaving experience. Materials and equipment are provided and different yarns and materials available for experimenting with.

Details at:

Tree Weaving Workshop

February 22nd 2020 11am to 4pm
Location: weaversbazaar Blackbirds Studio, Forest Row, Sussex. UK

Come and join BTG member Jackie Bennett to create your own unique textural mini-weaving of a tree, on a frame to be taken home ready to hang. All materials and equipment are provided and different yarns and materials will be available for experimenting with. Suitable for all levels.

Details at:


23 February: 1. Article, 2. EoI Threads, 3. Teaching, 4. Exhibition, 5. Purple tapestry, 5. Tracking a weaver, 6. ATA, 7. ATW, 8. HCA, 9. Selvedge


NOTE 1: If you have trouble opening a PDF (sometimes it might happen that you just get a blank grey screen), try right-clicking on the link and selecting ‘Open link in new tab’ from the context menu. If that does not work, right-click on the blank grey space and select ‘Save as…’ to download the file.
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Window on Weaving-poster (c) BTG-SE
15th April – 2nd May 2020
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Haslemere Educational Museum
78 High St, Haslemere GU27 2LA

The exhibition is organised by BTG SE, and the BTG London Group have been invited to participate. The work exhibited is an expression, both of the diversity of the weavers who created the pieces on display, as well as demonstrating the vast potential of the techniques involved. One of the key factors in bringing the group together has been the nurturing of confidence alongside developing the skills of weaving, and the work on display illustrates confidence and skills in abundance. The exhibition title was chosen to leave maximum scope for interpretation by individual weavers. Only a maximum size was specified

View a short video: Sarah McLean and Claire Buckley introduce some of the tapestries on show


For more information contact Mike Wallace at:

CALLOUT: THREADS IN SHEDS – Expressions of Interest

Dear Members,

It gives me great pleasure to present to you our information sheet relating to the 2021 BTG Exhibition ‘Threads In Sheds’ to he held at Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire. 11th September – 21st November 2021

We have created a wide range of subject matter all reflecting on the Mill’s historic importance in the weaving of silk. We believe this gives you the diversity needed to create exciting, innovative and multifaceted work to reflect the brilliance of weaving as a powerful medium in the art world.

We do have size restrictions but this is to ensure we have a wide selection within the exhibition. We will also welcome collaborative work so long as it stays within the guidelines.

So, read the Introduction and please complete your Expression of Interest form today and send it to us at the email on the sheet. The form is a PDF so, if you have difficulty completing it try replying to the email which was sent to you, filling in the form at the bottom of it. If that does not work for you, just reply asking for an alternative to be sent to you. This is part of the exhibition that is open to Full Members only, but we will let all members know of further developments when they arise.

Get your creative caps on, send in the form and get as excited as we are.

Happy creating/weaving,

Hilary O’Connell
On behalf of the Committee

BTG National Members Exhibition 2021 Threads In Sheds Introduction

BTG Threads In Sheds Expression Of Interest Form


26 January: 1. Exhibitions, 2. Call for Entries, 3. Article: BTG Tapestries at Vyne House, 4. HCA News, 5. ATA News, 6. Selvedge

Hi all, sorry I have been a bit tied up and this is the first eNews this year!

I would like to congratulate Sally Reckert and Lindsey Marshall for being selected for Baldishol: Norway House Exhibit 2020 – see below.

1. Exhibitions

Think Plastic: materials & making
Think Plastic: material & making
Fiona writes:

Hi Folks
Invitation to the exhibition opening party of Think Plastic: Materials and Making. on Thursday 30th January 2020 Hope you will be able join us.
It would be a great help if you could RSVP to me.
best wishes

Fiona Hutchison

Fiona Hutchison:

Baldishol: Norway House Exhibit 2020

Sally Reckert writes:

Hello to you all,
Please share any of this information that you can

Thank you.

Fabric of the North

Updated talks and events: Exhibition: Fabric of the North
Tickets for events are for sale at Fabric of the North website

2. Call for Entries European Art Tapestry Forum


ETF (European Tapestry Forum) is calling for entries for its sixth European Tapestry Triennial exhibition, ARTAPESTRY6.

The submission deadline will be July 31th. 2020.

3. Article: BTG Tapestries at Vyne House
Lorna Goldsmith

A Vyne Soho tapestry. Image courtesy of The Vyne, National Trust, © National Trust Images/Daniel Lewis

A Vyne Soho tapestry. Image courtesy of The Vyne, National Trust, © National Trust Images/Daniel Lewis

The Vyne, a National Trust house in Hampshire, holds an important historical tapestry collection. Several years ago, the tapestries were damaged while the house was being renovated. They were removed for conservation and the tapestry room was cleared of furniture leaving the room free for a display.

Read more at: Article: BTG Tapestries at Vyne House

4. Heritage Crafts Association News

QEST Scholarships open for applications
QESTDeadline: 10 February 2020
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) provides up to £18,000 to fund further study, training and practical experience for craftspeople who want to improve their craft and trade skills. Over the years, QEST has supported 130 different crafts, both contemporary and traditional. This year, QEST is particularly interested in receiving applications from those with skills in wood, metal and in the rural crafts.

Read more

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5. ATA News

The Unjuried Small Format Tapestry Exhibit Renditions 2020 will be open to the public at the Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville TN from July 23-30. This very popular exhibit is held every two years, in conjunction with Convergence, and attracts entries from tapestry artists around the world. A show catalog and return shipping are included in the entry fee.

This is a wonderful opportunity for new weavers to participate in an exhibit. Experienced weavers will often use this show as an opportunity to experiment with new ideas or techniques.Tapestry groups may submit works under their group name, which will be organized in the catalog under the group’s name.

The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World
2018 Unjuried Small Format Show
Don’t delay! Tapestries MUST be received by March 31, 2020 to be included.

For more details and to submit work for the exhibit:

6. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 4

May Morris in Scotland.
Dovecot Studios gallery presents an exhibition exploring the life and work of May Morris…

Read the story.

Read newsletter 4 at:

Newsletter No. 3

Over Under: Under Over.
The Cordis Trust at the Royal Scottish Academy is showing six artists using the woven form…

Read the story.

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30 December – eNews 40: 1. Happy Weaving 2020!, 2. Article: An Appreciation of Bobbie Cox, 3. ATW News, 4. ATA News

1. Happy Weaving 2020!

Happy Weaving in 2020!

Just to say, from the BTG committee, we are thinking of you. When the days are dull, remember the bright ones, when the days are bright, enjoy them!
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