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British Wool Weekend 2013

indexImgThe British Wool Weekend Show is to promote and raise the profile of British wool, the farmers who produce it and to show wool textile products.

Hall 2, Yorkshire Event Centre, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8QZ

Opening times:
Saturday 7th September – Open: 10:00am – Close: 5:00pm
Sunday 8th September – Open: 10:00am – Close: 4:30pm

If you are a the craft worker or designer maker who use British wool to spin, weave, knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, hand dye, make felt or any other textile process, or you  interested in  the pure wool textile products produced by craft workers, you should visit this show.

Exhibitors include: Natural Fibre Company, Rare Breed Survival Trust, National Angora Club, Real Shetland Company, Rowan Yarns, Romney Marsh Wools amongst many others

There are talks, workshops and demonstrations including felt making, the Sheep Show Man and alpacas

BITA: The Emerging Talent Award

bitanewThe British Interior Textiles  Association
You are invited to enter the Emerging Talent Award competition, set up to identify the most talented furnishing fabric designers of the year, who are still completing a degree in surface pattern or textile design or have completed their degree or have already commenced work in the industry within the last 3 years. The award will be presented at the BITA September Showcase, 5 – 22th September 2013.

The first place winner will receive £1,000 and a week’s placement in the design studio at Prestigious Textiles – one of the UK’s top furnishing brands.
Second place winner will receive £500
Third place winner will receive £250

The prizes will be presented during the BITA SEPTEMBER SHOWCASE at one of the 7 venues by the judges and Vice Chairman of Bita – Diane Harding.

The winners will have their work exhibited at the show along with the work of up to 10 short-listed designers. Other benefits will include free publicity and exposure to the industry via the trade media. Deadline: Wednesday July 31st 2013. Continue reading →

Bonnie Kirkwood: woven texile designer / open studio

Bonnie Kirkwood 3Bonnie Kirkwood is a professional woven textile designer and consultant, based at Cockpit Arts studios in central London. She is showing at  Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios, Holborn – 7th – 9th June 2013

An RCA 2007 graduate, Bonnie has an in-depth knowledge of hand weaving, industrial and production techniques, and an extensive and varied experience in the industry.

She provides a comprehensive professional design and fabric consultancy service for mills, architects, trend forecasters and individuals, providing technical advice for weaving and fabric qualities, inspirational concepts, trends and colour direction.
She currently works closely as a fabric design consultant for European and Far Eastern mills, designing, co-ordinating and developing seasonal collections for the furnishing fabrics and interior design industry.

As a freelance designer, she offers broad collections of hand woven and jacquard woven fabric designs, selling to highly recognised fashion and interior design companies. Her style combines luxurious yarns, intricate structures and an original colour palette into highly refined and sophisticated fabrics. She also works part time as a menswear textile designer for a prestigious London Fashion House, and previously worked for interior design company Designers Guild for several years. She also is a visiting lecturer on BA (Hons) Textile Design courses

Bonnie can be seen weaving on this film :

For more information, contact Bonnie Kirkwood on 07813666907, email: Address: Studio E2R Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London. WC1N 2NP, or visit

Photographer : Yiannis Katsaris

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The Dovecot Show & exhibition: Heriot-Watt’s School of Textiles and Design (SoTD)

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Graduate Fashion Show and private view  Saturday 15 June 2013

At the Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
1500-1600: Matinee of fashion show/press preview of fashion show
1800-2000: Private view of exhibition followed by Fashion Show.

Exhibition on 15th  – 20th June 2013

Mark Eley, of Eley Kishimoto, the global fashion and design company, is returning for a fourth consecutive year to curate and direct the Dovecot Show, the Heriot-Watt’s School of Textiles and Design graduate fashion show and exhibition.

The Dovecot Show and exhibition will celebrate the collaboration between innovation, technology and design showcased in the work of fashion, textile design and interior design students at the School of Textiles and Design, based in Galashiels. The School’s end-of -year show has previously featured designs from students who have gone on to make their names in the textiles and fashion industry including William Chambers, Judy R Clark, Obscure Couture and Samantha McEwen of Isolated Heroes.

For further information or to register your interest in attending please contact Pagoda PR or or phone us on Tel: 0131 556 0770 Continue reading →