Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Promoting traditional textile crafts across Dorset

National Exhibition 2016 “Threads in Time”

The South West Region is hosting the National Exhibition this year at Killerton House, between the 8th and 18th September

Killerton House is a National Trust property in the heart of Devon, with the largest collection of costumes in the National Trust with over 10,000 pieces dating from the 17th Century. The title of the exhibition reflects our collaboration showing quality pieces, old and new.

The Association will use the downstairs rooms in the house for the National Exhibition. Killerton uses the rooms upstairs for their own costume exhibitions. The theme of their exhibitions changes every year. In 2016 the theme will be “Fashion to Dye For”.

Killerton is centrally located within the region and is just 20 – 25 minutes away from the beautiful cathedral city of Exeter. There are many other National Trust properties in the region. Accessibility is good at Killerton with a buggy to take people from the reception area to the house. The gardens are lovely and there is a restaurant and plant centre.

The National Association is working with Killerton to integrate our craft skills with their fashion theme. We will have displays of our craft skills using colour in the upstairs rooms alongside their costumes so that we can show the public what our craft entails and how these crafts have been alive for centuries.

The Association hopes to organise pre-booked tours of the local woollen mills where fleece is processed into fibre and yarn. They also have the use of the Discovery Centre at Killerton to run workshops with a colour theme, some of which will be specifically for Guild members. More details of these events will be advertised in the Association Journal and on their website.

Submissions are now being sought from Guild members in the following two categories:

    1. Any item encompassing at least one of the crafts of weaving, spinning or dyeing. Other crafts can be used to augment the work. The item need not be made into an article: a length of hand-woven cloth, skeins or balls of handspun yarn and hand-dyed yarn or cloth are all acceptable
    2. Bookmarks, 20cm long & 5cm wide. These are not restricted to any craft, so for example, they could be knitted, crocheted, tatted, woven, braided – whatever shows the creativity of the entrant

Entries for section 1 will be assessed by our Guild before submission, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are planning to submit in this section.

Section 2 is “non-juried” and so all entries received will be submitted.

The National Exhibition Selection Booklet contains further details and the entry forms, which must be completed before submission.


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This entry was posted on February 21, 2016 by in Events, Trips.
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