World Textile Day will be back in Bridge of Allan

Come along to the Parish Hall on Keir Street this Saturday – June 1st from 10 am to 4 pm.  

World Textile Day Scotland has been running since 2012 and Diane and Magie the organisers have been at each and every one but this year they are retiring, and so this will be the very last World Textile Day organised by them. It will mark the end of a hugely enjoyable adventure.

In the morning at 11 am Gaynor Williams will be giving a talk called “Textile Animal Trappings – Celebration and Endurance” with lots of examples from her large collection of textiles which are used to decorate animals – donkeys, horses, cattle, camels and even elephants.

In the afternoon at 2pm there will be two short talks. The first by Magie Relph will be a look back on her textile career with “A funny thing happened on the way to the market: Africa, fabrics and life on the road”.  This will be followed by Diane Gaffney’s talk about one of her very favourite places to shop “From the Artisans of Java to the Quilters of Scotland – the story of Bali Batiks”.

Fair Trade Market

The traders are Susan Briscoe (Japanese sashiko, threads and fabrics), The African Fabric Shop (batik, beads and baskets), Textile Traders (clothes, ikats, batiks and jewellery from SE Asia), The Nomad’s Tent of Edinburgh – world famous traders in rugs and textiles, John and Joan Fisher with their amazing collection of Egyptian appliqued tent hangings Karen Haggis with wonderful Textiles of Nepal, Rosalind Johansson from Orkney with lovely Peruvian textiles and Jim Gaffney with his Textile Treasures (antique and collectible treasures)

Tickets for the talks will be available on the door.

The local WI will be providing plentiful refreshments throughout the day.

The organisers Diane and Magie say “As always we will have an array of wonderful textiles from many parts of the world for sale. Come and enjoy this very special small show with textile experts on hand to answer any questions you may have and to tempt you with a fantastic market place of clothes, textiles, fabrics, tools, beads and much more. World Textile Days are always a great opportunity to meet up once a year with your fabric loving friends. Sit down, have a cup of tea and a chat and enjoy shopping for some unique finds.”

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