23 December: 1. Season’s Greetings, 2. TW Communications, 3. ATA News, 4. ATW News, 5. HCA News, 6. QUEST scholarships, 7. Selvedge

1. Season’s Greetings from the Committee

This year has been an exciting year for BTG and 2019 looks to be even more exciting!
HilaryO'Connell-Happy Christmas and All the Best for 2019

Happy Christmas and All the Best for 2019 by Hilary O’Connell

May you have health and happiness, whatever you are doing, wherever you are, this festive season and the New Year!

2. Tapestry Weaver Communications

Sally writes:

Sadly, due to ill health, Deborah Leeke has had to give up the committee role that she so enjoyed, being editor of TW. I’m Sally Reckert and was her assistant on the last issue of TW. I’ll be sourcing from my interests: taking tapestry into the future, and the process of creating tapestry behind the artworks that you see and create.

But what are your interests? Have your say and input your suggestions into the journal to make it yours.

Many of you will have your own opinions and thoughts on the articles that should appear in TW. So, speak up. What questions would you like answers to? What tapestry topics, weavers’s profiles, exhibition reviews and much more would you like to see on the pages of TW? Let me know and have your say.

You can communicate with me through the following channels:

Facebook. Katie Russell and Claire Coyle
Enews. Eleonora Budden
Email. Sally Reckert

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sally Reckert

3. ATA News


Have a look at Sarah Warren’s page. She does such beatiful mountain weavings!

4. ATW News

Includes (do not miss this!):


We are delighted to announce the 16 artists and designers who will join the ATW as Artists in Residence in 2019! The Artist in Residence program invites artists to immerse themselves in the unique studio environment of the ATW for between 2 – 8 weeks.

Congratulations to Adrian Lazzaro, Amanda Ho, Ana Teresa Barboza, Daniela Contreras, Deborah Prior, Gosia Wlodarczak, Kate James, Lee Darroch, Megan Williams, Roseanne Bartley, Rosie Westbrook, Sharon Peoples, Zela Papageorgiou and collaborative trio Nina Ross, Gabrielle de Vietri and Stephen Palmer.

This year we received a record number 133 applications from artists in Australia and around the world, making the selection process highly competitive.

The 2019 applications were assessed by Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence AM, former Head of School, School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South and ATW Board Member; Charlotte Day, Director of Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA); Beck Jobson and Antonia Syme of the Australian Tapestry Workshop.

Read more and make sure you have a good look at:

Read the whole newsletter at:

5. Heritage Crafts Association News

Includes (our very own!):

Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave
The British Tapestry Group is holding two complementary exhibitions of modern tapestry this winter, aiming to promote the art of contemporary woven tapestry and to encourage more people to get involved in tapestry weaving. “Sound and Weave” is a curated exhibition where artists have been encouraged to explore and expand the boundaries of traditional tapestry weaving. They include non-visual elements, particularly sound, ‘woven’ into the works to stimulate multiple senses. The “Rhythm of the Weave” exhibition was open to all members of the BTG, and explores each weaver’s interpretation of the theme. The exhibition will run at The Stables Gallery, Orleans House, Twickenham from 22nd November until 24th February.

More info at:

Nidavellnir Nalbinding: an ancient craft, a new revival
Nalbinding is the Viking Age term for single needle knitting which was used to create wool textiles such as hats, socks and mittens. Based on archaeological finds and the passion to teach, Emma “Bruni” Boast has launched a new Nalbinding for Beginners Book and Starter Kit this year. This book teaches the techniques needed for beginners to learn and develop their own craft, while the Kit includes yarn appropriate to make your own items using a traditional bone needle. The aim of Nidavellnir is to share and encourage people to take up Nalbinding, and keep this heritage craft alive for future generations.
For more information:

NOTE: I am always intrigued by a textile craft that I have not previously encountered, especially if it involves a minimal amount of equipment – good for travelling. I gave it a brief try, but decided it was not for me. In case you want to try too I saved a couple of links:

Read the whole HCA Newsletter at:

6. Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust application opening

Maxine writes:

Hello from QEST,

Our next application period for scholarships and apprenticeships opens on Wednesday 9 January and closes 18 February 2019. Please feel free to share with your networks or anyone that you think may be interested.

We are particularly interested in craftspeople and artists who are looking to further specialise their skills. We would be grateful if you could pass this on to anyone in your networks that may be interested, particularly within your art departments.

QEST offers funding to support training in craft skills – Applications open 9 January 2019

QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with master craftspeople. The programme falls into 2 categories; Scholarships and Apprenticeships. Since 1990, QEST has awarded almost 500 Scholarships to talented individuals in around 130 craft skills – including thatching, farriery, basket weaving, cordwaining, carpentry and woodworking, bookbinding, stonemasonry, coppersmithing, metalworking; sculpting, textiles, ceramics, leather working, printmaking and many more.

Scholarship Funding
The QEST Scholarship Scheme supports individuals to further enhance their craft skills through traditional college courses, specialist short courses; or one-on-one training with a Master. Amounts awarded range from £5,000 to £18,000.

Apprenticeship Funding
QEST also offers financial support to companies who wish to employ an Apprentice, helping to pass on skills to the next generation of craftspeople. Funding – up to £18,000 over a period of 1- 3 years – will typically go towards paying the Apprentice a Living Wage and/or help with training or equipment.

There are two application periods per year – Spring and Autumn – with funds granted in May and October. Applications are reviewed by a group of experienced Skills and Industry Advisors – with a rigorous three stage assessment process, culminating in interview.

The next application period will open on 9 January. Online submissions only – please visit the website for more info.


Maxine Rothbart-Thomik
Applications Co-ordinator
T +44 (0)20 7798 1539
M +44 (0)74 7486 9333

7. Selvedge Newsletter No. 49

Read it at:


19 December: Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave Exhibition Catalogues for Sale

Exhibition catalogues are now available to be purchased by BTG members. Both are
excellently designed and printed by the same production team as Tapestry Weaver
magazine. Beautiful keepsakes and records of the exhibition. You can order and pay by
Cheque or PayPal (see below).

Sound and Weave Catalogue Cover Rhythm of the Weave Brochure Cover
Sound and Weave is a full colour A4, 32 page catalogue with two pages per artist and quarter page biographies at the back. Rhythm of the Weave is a full colour A5, 38 page brochure with one page per entry (35 tapestries).

For full details of prices and how to order and pay, see the PDF: Catalogues for sale


13 December: 1. What’s on your Loom? – December 2018, 2. Mary Low Selected, 3. West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019, 4. ATW NEWS

1. What’s on your Loom? – December 2018

BTG members are asked to email images as follows:

A-M email Clare Coyle at;  

N-Z email Katie Russell at

Please give your name, title of the piece, size and ends per inch (epi) or centimetre (epc) along with materials. We will post to the album in the next few days. Apologies for some technical glitches to getting this latest WOYL album pages up on Facebook over the last couple of weeks.

2. Mary Low Selected for Wrexham Open Art Exhibition

Mary writes:

Hello, I have recently joined the BTG after having had a minor success in an open art competition, as Christine Paine has too. Two of my mini weaves were selected for the Wrexham Open Art Exhibition.

Mary Low

MaryLow-Summer Clwydians MaryLow-How We Live Now 2
Summer Clwydians(2018)
Hand woven cotton yarn
13 x 7cm
How We Live Now. 2 (2018)
Hand woven cotton yarn
10 x 10cm

Both are approximately 16epi.

Editor’s note: It is probably too late to see the exhibition as it closes on Sunday, unless you live really close. I could not find the address, but the best info is:

Hosted by Tŷ Pawb and Undegun, Wrexham with the support of Wrexham County Borough Council, THIS Project, East Street Arts and the Arts Council of Wales.

The 2018 Wrexham Open Exhibition will launch on Friday 12 October 2018, 6-8pm, with an announcement of prize-winners during the evening.

Those wishing to submit a performance as their entry to the Open must be available for a special performance event on Saturday 13 October 2018.

The People’s Prize-winner will be announced on Saturday 15 December 2018 The exhibition will close 4pm on Sunday 16 December 2018.

More info:

3. West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019


Showcase and sell your work at the West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, 31 May – 2 June 2019 and join our celebration of creativity in a magnificent setting. Applications are now open to exhibit or demonstrate at the at the 2019 festival.

“Very interested audience, knowledgeable and keen to buy.”

“Well-informed customers, made some good sales”

2018 exhibitor feedback

Last year’s festival was a great success and we’ll be building on that in 2019, focusing on all elements of creativity, from exhibiting and selling, to demonstrating and teaching while enabling and encouraging participation by visitors. We’re delighted to be holding 2018 stand prices and hope you’ll apply to join us.

Find out more and apply now:

Application deadline: Friday 1 February 2019

If you have any queries email or call 01243 818203

4. ATW NEWS November


Small Tapestries from a Private Collection

Exhibition continues until 1 February 2019.
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 – 266 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Free admission. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 5pm.

ATW AT MPAVILION: Tapestry x Architecture
Upcoming workshops and talk
Monday 14 January 2019 | Workshop from 4pm | Talk from 6:15pm – 7:30pm
MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Free admission.

And loads more …

Read the newsletter at:


9 December: 1. Selected for Red House Open, 2. Showcase, 3. Who is the Artist?, 4. From the ATA NEWS, 5. Cockpit Arts – Open Awards

1. Christine Paine’s “Call Me” Selected for Red House Open Art Exhibition 2018

Christine writes:

My tapestry “Call Me” has been selected for the “Red House Open Art Exhibition 2018” in Christchurch, Dorset. Flyer attached. The exhibition is mainly painting with prints, mixed media and at least one other textile piece.

Christine Paine - Call Me

The exhibition is on from 24 November to 12 January 2019 and is open Tues-Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4. Closed 23 Dec – 1 Jan 2019.

Red House Museum
Quay Road
Dorset, BH23 1BU

Many thanks,


See the flyer at: Red House Museum Open 2018 Flyer

2. Showcase Updates

Magenta Kang - SELF PORTRAIT


3. Who is the Artist?

Julia Summerfield writes:

Dear Eleonora
I wonder if you can help.
Sadly my mum passed away recently and I am administering her estate.
We have a tapestry which we think she bought from a British female artist in the 1980s. A photo is attached.
We have no idea of who the artist might be or of the value that might be ascribed to this piece.
Can you help us discover its origins?

Kind regards

Who Is The Artist?

Julia Summerfield CMgr
Chief Operating Officer
LAURUS Development
07597 263 013

4. From the ATA NEWS

Contemporary tapestry artists Murray Gibson, Jane Kidd and Anne Newdigate will exhibit their work in the exhibit overandunderandoverandunder

December 1, 2018 – January 26, 2019

Esplanade Art Gallery
Esplanade Arts and heritage Centre
401 First Street, SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 8W2

5. Cockpit Arts – open Awards

Sandy Mattioli writes:

Dear Eleonora

We are looking for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community. Would you please share details of the three open Awards below, comprising subsidised studio space and business support for one year, with your British Tapestry Group network?

The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’ Award

Open to: Up to three makers working in knit to assist them to set up in business
Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on January 8 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Harriet’s Trust Award ** NEW AWARD **

Open to: A talented maker working in any craft discipline with a commitment to high quality craftsmanship
Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on January 10 2019

The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award

Open to: Talented leatherworkers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level
Deadline for receipt of applications: applications accepted on a rolling basis

Further details and application forms are available to download from our website –, or please contact for further information or to express an interest.

With thanks and best wishes


Sandie Mattioli
Head of Development
(020) 7430 2942

Please note I work part-time, office hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9.30am-2.30pm and Wednesday & Thursday 9am-6pm

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