Trowbridge Museum is proud to present WEFT17, the biennial West of England Festival of Textiles, from 26th August – 18th November 2017. The festival aims to highlight the history of textile crafts in the West of England by celebrating regional contemporary textile artists, craft groups and students through the exhibition of their work.

WEFT17 is focusing on some of the traditional crafts such as tatting, netting, lace and button making, although more unusual or less well known today, they were once very important for decorating clothing and embellishing textiles. The display will showcase both intricate Victorian examples from the museum’s own collection, as well as the stunning work by contemporary crafters who are using the techniques in a new and imaginative ways. We also have a special display of lace items once owned by Queen Victoria, on loan from the Lace Guild.

During WEFT17 you can also visit the Memory Lab, a space created by the West Wilts U3A craft groups, as well as a display of fantastic work by the West Country Knotters. You can also join us for the WEFT Craft Day on Saturday 9th September, 10am-1pm when you will be able to try some of these traditional techniques.

We also have a programme of workshops and short courses for adults and some free sessions for families: Adult workshops: Hairpin Crochet,  21 October, 11am – 1pm, cost £15 Embroidered Initials,  28 October, 11.30am – 12.15pm, free but booking required Practical Netting, 28 October, 1 – 3pm and Saturday 4 November 11am – 1pm, cost £30 (for both days)

Family workshops, open to all: Dorset button making,  9 September, 11am – 12pm, free but booking required

Easy initials embroidering, 10am, 10.30am & 11am, free but please collect timed tickets on the day in the museum