28 November: 1.Hello from the Chair!, 2.S&W/RotW, 3.Cordis Showcase, 4.Dialogue, 5.Between the Lines, 6.Joan Baxter, 7.HCA, 8.Selvedge

1. Hello from the Chair!

Hilary writes:

Hi everyone,

The AGM held last Saturday was an exciting meeting. The energy was brilliant with Anna, Paulette and Sally all encouraging the members attending that ‘their voices and ideas counted and were valued’. Experiencing this was uplifting hence my offering to become the Chair. Also, welcome to Claire Buckley who has come onto our Committee, plus many people have offered their services in various areas but will not be on the Committee.  Another very visible example of how positivity and enthusiasm leads to participation. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and hope that you take back this renewed optimism and pass it on to your friends and colleagues. I believe strongly that, if we want to grow the BTG, and we do, it has to be through the Committee exuding our enthusiasm, energy and ideas to the membership and to lead that growth through example. We have many ideas that are coming to fruition and also others that are still in the fledgling stage but as soon as we can we will let you know.

I would also like to thank Alastair Duncan for his really interesting and informative talk and visuals on how he designed his Sound & Weave exhibit ‘Interconnection” and also his notes and drawings. He has certainly encouraged me to be flexible in design and not stick rigidly to my cartoon.
Invaluable lesson.

So now onto the new chapter of the BTG! We have a very compelling future ahead of us.

Thank you,
Hilary O’Connell

2. Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave are now open

Thanks to all that contributed to the exhibitions and help set them up!

Private view was lovely. We had a good turnout, between 50 and 60 at the PV including a good number of locals and people connected with the gallery in some way – so a wide selection of people, all of whom were very generous and complimentary about the diversity and quality of the work.

Here are some photos. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger picture:
Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View
Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave: Private View

3. BTG Members exhibiting in the Cordis Showcase

Congratulations to the BTG members who have been accepted for the Cordis Tapestry Showcase:

Which Way by Barb Cove Yellow Fragment by Christine Tainsh Weaving the Flotta Air by Irene Evison Rhythm of the Weave by Jane Walkley
        Barb Cove                  Christine Tainsh                  Irene Evison                  Jane Walkley

Composition in Black by Lorna C Goldsmith Connections by Marilyn Eustice Village Bay Green by Sofia Billett
      Lorna Goldsmith              Marilyn Eustace                  Sofia Billett

The 2018 Tapestry Showcase Prize has been awarded to Anna Taylor for her beautifully detailed piece – Fossil.

For more information and to view all the entries, go to:

4. Exhibition: Dialogue


d i a l o g u e
Soon Yul Kang Dialogue Exhibition flyer
15 Nov. 2018 – 15 Feb. 2019
Viewing Times | Monday – Friday 10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3pm

(During the school holidays call the Box Office to check opening hours. Tel: 08700 842020)

The Menuhin Hall
Cobham Road
Stoke D’Abernon
KT11 3QQ

5. Exhibition: Between the Lines

Hillu Liebelt writes:

Dear Friends and Colleagues –

please forgive me for not having been in touch for a long time. And also please forgive this very short ‘Round Robin’ Email.

This is just to inform you that my next exhibition ZWISCHEN DEN ZEILEN – BETWEEN THE LINES will open next Saturday in a former weaving and spinning mill in Luxembourg, which has been turned into a Museum and a Gallery. Situated in a nature reserve, a hilly landscape and next to a lake, it is a beautiful venue. I thought that I should let you know that something has been happening over the past year in my studio.

With kind regards and greetings from Berlin,


1 December 2018 – 24 February 2019

Duchfabrik Esch / Sauer
15, Rue de Lultzhausen
L-9650 Esch-sur-Sure

Press release (in German) with images: Hillu-Liebelt-BetweenTheLines-Einladung Zwischen den Zeilen.233KB

6. Study Opportunities with Joan Baxter in 2019

Joan writes:

I shall be teaching a number of different workshops from my own studio in the North of Scotland during the months of JUNE and SEPTEMBER 2019.

The workshops are for individuals or small groups (Max 5). I can offer a broad range of 1 – 5 day workshops aimed at those with some tapestry skills, covering design and/or technique.

Workshop content will be tailored to the individual or group’s requirements.

I can also offer individual or small group tutorials/appraisals and individual study plans.

Also any travelling tapestry weavers / enthusiasts likely to be in Scotland during either of those two months, please get in touch if you’d like to arrange a Studio visit or book some tutorial or study time.

For more details contact me at:

7. Heritage Crafts Association News

Read it at:

8. Selvedge Newsletter no. 45

Read it at:


20 November: Update on travelling to the AGM on Saturday 24th

Hi all,

Just a quick note to update you about the SouthWest Trains strike. It looks like the line which serves Richmond, St Margaret’s and Twickenham stations will be operating a reduced service.

If you are travelling via Clapham Junction and you find that after all there are no trains to Richmond here is an alternative.

From Clapham Junction use the St. John’s Hill exit via the subway, cross the road and at bus stop M take the 337 bus to Richmond Bus Station, where it ends. From there you can take any of the following buses towards Twickenham: 33, 490, H22, R68 or R70, getting off at Orleans Park School (5 stops).

To check for your particular line and keep checking updates on the train strike, use the following link:

All the best,


18 November: 1. AGM, 2. S&W/RotW, 3. Showcase, 4. Ruth Bell, 5. At Source, 6. Commission, 7. Tate, 8. ATA, 9. Selvedge

Hi all,

Looking forward to this week with great excitement!

1. AGM this Saturday 24 November

Firstly, thanks to those who replied with intention to attend and apologies. We will have quorum this year but I still need to know all those attending for the purposes of providing catering (teas, coffees, biscuits, etc). I would hate to be short. I know informally of a number of people who are intending to come but have not yet replied. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THEM, PLEASE DO SO NOW!

Secondly, I have uploaded more documents to the website – the Committee Report (in lieu of a Chair Report) and the Questionnaire Report. These complete the AGM documents. Directions are there too. There is parking at the Orleans Park School – car entrance to the right of pedestrian one.

NB: I know there is a planned train strike on SoutWest trains – lets hope it is called off!

2. Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave opens Thursday 22 November

If you need a reminder of times and how to get there, scroll down to last week’s news.

3. Showcase Updates

View Jo’s page

View Hilary’s page

4. Ruth Bell’s website

Ruth writes:

Hi Eleanora,

Please accept my apologies as I am not able to attend the AGM.

Please could you post my new tapestry website in the next BTG Information email.

Thank you.

Kind regards
Ruth Bell

5. Exhibition: At Source 2018

Fiona Hutchison writes:

Dear friends

Hope you will manage to drop in to the ‘At Source’ exhibition at the Patriothall Gallery. Only on for one weekend – 24/25 November.
The opening preview is on Friday 23rd, 6-9 pm, and you are cordially invited. (Gerry’s mulled wine will be a-flowing ).
Many of the studios will also be open on the Saturday24th and Sunday 25th if you would like a look behind doors of Patriothall Studio. Studios open from 12 – 5pm

look forward to seeing you

Fiona Hutchison

Invite to At Source 2018

6. Commission Opportunity


my name is Hélène, from France.
I am looking for a tapestry weaver for a commission work.
Do members of the British Tapestry Group sometime weave for other artists?
Many thanks for your feedback
All best wishes,

Hélène D’Apote
+ 33618024079
16/11/18 11:14

7. Tapestry at the Tate

7.1 Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Britain

Amy Dunne writes:


I’m getting in touch from Tate’s marketing team as we’ve just opened Edward Burne-Jones, Pre-Raphaelite Visionary – you can find more info here (5* from Telegraph and Evening Standard).

The exhibition includes beautiful tapestries, we thought it might be of interest to your audience

In terms of social handles we use @Tate and #BurneJones


7.2 Anni Albers at Tate Modern

Sorry folks, I was sure I had already sent this one out (above message triggered me). Talked about it enough with friends, though I haven’t yet been to see it as am waiting for my friend who is a member to take me along in December.

Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art

A long overdue recognition of Anni Albers’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design, this is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK.

Anni Albers
Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
Until 27 Jan 2019



Breaking Through Tradition – Contemporary Tapestry in France

Curated by Cresside Collette
“In recent years in France, traditional techniques that stretch back five centuries have been utilised to create bold new adventures in tapestry in an unparalleled way. It is a great credit to the weavers, trained skillfully in methods that are centuries old, that they are willing and able to rise to challenges and to accept new concepts in creating tapestry.”
-Cresside Collette

View the show.

9. Selvedge News

Newsletter No. 44

The Boucharouite Project.
What happens to all the scraps of unused fabric that build up in a textile design studio?…
Read the story.

Read the whole newsletter at:

Newsletter No. 43

Read it at:


7 November: 1. BTG Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave, 2. BTG 2018 AGM

1. BTG Sound and Weave / Rhythm of the Weave

Sound and Weave Rhythm of the Weave

The Stables Gallery
Orleans House Gallery
Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ
22 November 2018 – 24 February 2019
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Private View: Thursday 22 November 2018, 6 – 8pm
Free admission


2. BTG 2018 AGM

The AGM is being held at Orleans Park School, a short walk from The Stables Gallery, on Saturday 24 November 10.30am – 2pm, after which we will visit the exhibition. 

RSVP: Please reply to with your intention of attending or apologies for the AGM.

Alastair Duncan has kindly agreed to give us a talk on his tapestry “Interconnections”.

The AGM Agenda and supporting documentation is on the BTG website in the members section at: AGM Papers

I hope the directions and maps below assist you in getting there.

Date: Saturday 24th November 2018 at 10:30 am for 11 am start

Venue: Room 29 Small Drama studio, Orleans Park School, Richmond Road,
Twickenham, Middlesex TWI 3BB

Train: Richmond Station, then bus towards Twickenham or Twickenham. Alternatively, slow trains stop at St. Margaret’s station, then walk down Crown Road.
Bus stop: Orleans Park School (buses 33, 490, H22, R68, R70)

Getting to the AGM:

Orleans Park School Directions

And afterwards, a short walk to the exhibitions…

Orleans Park School-to-Stables

Looking forward to meeting up again (or for the first time)!


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