Tecstiliau Meirionnydd Textiles

Advancing the Art and Craft of Textile Embellishment


local sites
sonja benskin mesher a mixed media artist with workshops and gallery in Llanelltydd

Dolgellau Net comprehensive listings of accommodation, businesses and events

Llwyngwril Gallery A group of artists working within the boundaries of the Mawddach, Dysynni and Dyfi rivers. Profile of the artists plus on-line store, events and links

museum sites
Costume and textile museums and societies Page of links from the Costumer’s Manifesto

Museum of Costume The Museum of Costume in Bath has a collection that has been Designated of National Importance.

Dutch Textile Museum A centre for textiles (past, present and future), with working machinery as well as exhibitions.

York Castle Museum A museum with a large costume and textile collection, including a permanent costume gallery.

textile organisations
Embroiderers Guild

Fine Cell Work A registered charity that trains and pays inmates to do top quality embroidery and soft furnishings in prisons.

Scottish Embroidery Tutors A group of regularly assessed, experienced tutors who aim to further the knowledge of embroidery and good design, and are prepared to teach day schools, week-end and week long courses. See the web site for details of classes.

The Embroiderers’ Association of Canada The only national embroidery organisation in Canada, which offers an extensive service to its members, including correspondence courses, a lending library, and a Youth Embroiderer section.

Computer Textile Design Group Non-profit organisation dedicated to the use and development of the computer in textile design.

Embroiderers’ Guild of America

European Textile Network Web site of ETN, which promotes textile culture and heritage across Europe. The Embroiderers’ Guild is a member organisation.

Practical Study Group The PSG comprises a group of embroiderers and tutors and is affiliated to the Embroiderers’ Guild.

Silk Painters Guild The Silk Painters Guild has been established since the mid-1990s and has a number of branches in the UK.

Textile Conservation Centre Leading centre for the conservation of textiles, based in Winchester.

The Conservation Register aims to put those seeking conservation advice and expertise in touch with professionals.

Embroiderers’ Guild Queensland Inc.

Royal School of Needlework Founded in 1872, The Royal School of Needlework has a wealth of expertise in traditional embroidery, maintained through an Apprenticeship Scheme. It offers a variety of classes and a restoration and repair service, an online shop and needlework shop at Hampton Court Palace.

arts organisations
a-n Magazine ‘The visual and applied artists site for UK news, information, resources, contacts, opportunities, artists’ stories, careers advice and more.’

Crafts Council The Crafts Council is the UK’s national organisation for the promotion of contemporary crafts. Established in 1971, it is an independent body funded by the Arts Council of England, responsible for promoting fine craftsmanship, encouraging high standards and increasing public awareness of contemporary crafts and applied arts.

Photostore Online Photostore is the Crafts Council’s applied art research and commissioning tool, profiling over 1,000 selected designer-makers and featuring 50,000 images of their work. Now available online, Photostore’s search options enable users to browse information on designer-makers efficiently, look at examples of their work and contact makers of interest from the user’s desktop.

e-MAiLOUT On-line version of the well-established magazine MAiLOUT, about all aspects of the participatory and community arts.

Arts Council England: Regions Find out about Arts Council England in your region. Information on grants for the arts and other funding opportunities, current projects across the country, regional arts council members for each region, and regional news.

Voluntary Arts Network VAN’s site provides much information for the voluntary arts sector, including funding, organisational material.

commercial organisations
Coats Crafts UK Products, design ideas, techniques and games

House of Smocking Smocking classes and workshops, smocking and embroidery supplies including smocking pleaters, transfer dots, books, patterns.

Madeira UK Ltd Embroidery, decorative and sewing threads and related products for needlework, quilting, tapestry, crocheting, lacemaking, tatting, applique and textile crafts.

BBC Online – Antiques on the Web Includes feature articles, buyers’ guides, antiques ‘knowhow’ and selected exhibitions

www.twistedthread.com website of prestigious The Knitting and Stitching Shows, held annually in October and November in London, Harrogate and Dublin

HobbyCraft Store directions, craft events, project ideas and craft techniques, special offers and competitions, and a free e-newsletter ‘Crafty News’.

www.crewelwork.com everything for crewel work – kits, materials, help, advice and workshops

Fibrecrafts supplies materials and equipment to embroidery artists, silk painters, dyers and others

embroidery and textiles
Kay Dennis Kay is a stumpwork embroiderer, tutor, lecturer and author, and teaches the Embroiderers’ Guild’s City & Guilds stumpwork courses

Fashion links From Hammersmith and West London College.

The Leeds Tapestry The Leeds Tapestry is a magnificent collaged embroidery of 16 panels which tells the story of one city’s life through the artistic work of its people.

Needlepoint from About.com Needlepoint news, projects, resources – building a ‘community of stitchers’

Soper Lane Bringing the work of the 15th century English Silkwomen to life

Stitch Dictionary Extensive textile shareware project from Sharon Boggon