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Textile Society's Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

posted 27 Jan 2020, 23:55 by Suella Postles

Textile Society's Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

Sunday, 29 March 2020 from 07:30-16:00
Chancellor's Way, Moseley Road, Fallowfield
M14 6HE Manchester, United Kingdom

Visit the fair for a fantastic range of vintage fashion, antique textiles and costume sourced from around the world. You’ll find textiles from the 18th century right up to the swinging 1960’s and 70’s! Furnishings including pre-1950s rugs and unique fashion accessories.

Tables and tables of colour and cloth. Whether you are a student looking for design inspiration, a collector looking for a unique addition, or just want to browse beautiful materials and objects, this is a fair you can not miss.

In addition to the fair, the first floor offers an insight into textile practices, supported by guilds, museums, archives and a fabulous graduate showcase of student bursary winners.

There are free talks throughout the day, discussing textile and design topics, ideal for researchers or if you just want to know a little more about fabrics, textile design, it’s history and future.

There are refreshments both at the Armitage Centre or you can bring your own lunch.
General admission £7.00

20 20 Vision Close to Home Exhibition now on

posted 22 Jan 2020, 01:15 by Erica Thomson

Our Exhibition in West Bridgford Library is open now until 12th February
See PHOTOS here
Robin Redbreast Kath Owen

West Bridgford Library, Bridgford Road NG2 6AT
tel 0115 981 6506
Opening hours
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-7pm
Wed 9am-1pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 11am-3pm

Entry FREE

Join the RSN for a Silk Shading embroidery class

posted 14 Jan 2020, 09:42 by Suella Postles

Silk Shading is a technique that never fails to impress.
This beautiful technique, sometimes known as ‘painting with a needle’, uses a number of colours in cotton or silk threads, skilfully blended together to create the natural appearance of a flower, fruit, plant or animal. 
The sumptuous colours and luxurious finish are guaranteed to give your embroideries that 'wow' factor. 

Why not make your first class with us Silk Shading? 

Perfect the technique with one of our upcoming dedicated Silk Shading classes up and down the country. Don't forget that by becoming a Friend of the RSN you can receive 10% off Day Classes and Supplies from the RSN Shop.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Silk Shading class at the RSN soon!

For more information on Day Classes and Bookings contact:
Phone: +44 (0)20 3166 6938

Living Threads Spring 2020 Workshops

posted 9 Jan 2020, 00:42 by Erica Thomson

Details of our Spring 2020 Workshops and Booking Form are now on the website. https://livingthreadstextileartists.com/workshops/  
Bookings for the Spring 2020 Workshops will only be taken with payment either by cheque or bank transfer (details will be sent on request).
Some of the Spring 2020 Workshops have been popular and were booked up by the end of our Exhibition in October 2019, but there is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy many others and learn or develop a new skill.
Should you wish to talk to one of our Tutors before booking onto their course, they will be demonstrating their skills on
25th January, 2020 at our “Meet the Artist” Day at
Risley Village Memorial Hall, Derby Road,
Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SS
 from 10am - 2pm. 
Free Entry,  Free Parking and Free Refreshments.

Ninya Mikhaila at Nottinghamshire Branch - 4th Feb

posted 6 Jan 2020, 23:09 by Suella Postles

Ninya Mikhaila speaking at Nottinghamshire Branch - 4th Feb, 2020

Nottinghamshire Branch -

The Speaker for 4th February meeting is Ninya Mikhaila, who will be talking about and showing us The Black Prince's costume which she made for the BBC4 series 'A Stitch in Time'.

1.30pm at The Nottingham Mechanics. 

3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ

0115 9417353

  All Members and Friends welcome.

Royal School of Needlework January 2020

posted 5 Jan 2020, 00:54 by Suella Postles

Royal School of Needlework Jajuary 2020


Dear Supporter - Happy New Year! 
As we all know, the start of a new year is time to try something new. So if you’ve never been to the RSN, why not make 2020 the year to change that?  And if you have been before, why not take advantage of the slightly emptier new diary to plan your next class?  From a one day Introduction Class to the three year full-time Degree in Hand Embroidery, we have a variety of courses to choose.  Read our news stories and student interviews to find out more.

You can also read about our exciting visit by The Queen of Malaysia.

20 – 20 Vision - Close to Home Exhibition

posted 20 Dec 2019, 05:22 by Erica Thomson

20 – 20 Vision - Close to Home : January 21st – February 12th 2020
An Exhibition of textile work by members of West Bridgford Embroiderers' Guild

West Bridgford Library, Bridgford Road NG2 6AT
tel 0115 981 6506
Opening hours
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9am-7pm
Wed 9am-1pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 11am-3pm

Entry FREE

“Meet the Artists Day” Living Threads January 25th, 2020

posted 17 Dec 2019, 00:46 by Suella Postles   [ updated 17 Dec 2019, 00:46 ]

                        “Meet the Artists Day”


Risley Village Memorial Hall,  Derby Road,  Risley, DE72 3SY

Saturday, 25th January, 2020

10.00am – 2.00pm

This is an opportunity to meet, chat and watch some of the Living Threads Artists and Tutors at work.

Each of the 12 Artists will be working and creating their own particular style.

Perhaps you’ve considered taking part in one of our workshops, but not sure what they involve  –  come along and find out.

There will be many different styles to fascinate and discover, including:

Needle Lace   Crochet   Machine embroidery   Hand Stitchery    Heat Tool

Beaded Embroidery   Stump Work   Machine embroidery

Hand Stitch and Beading    Gelli Plate Printing

Quorn Country Crafts New Classes

posted 9 Nov 2019, 22:11 by Suella Postles

Quorn Country Crafts New Classes and Workshops


Hilary Hollingsworth -

posted 29 Oct 2019, 01:17 by Suella Postles

Hilary Hollingsworth -

Forwarded from the Chair of Trustees

Dear All,I am sorry to say that Hilary passed away last evening. 

She had been terminally ill with a form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. I

 would be grateful if you could pass this information to your branches.

 I know that Hilary was well known to a lot of members up and down the country.



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