An ‘exhibition of print, pattern and design’ is coming to mid-Wales, as the third World Textile Day brings five specialist world textile traders and two expert lecturers to Llanidloes on Saturday 19 March 2011.
 
Once again hosted in the Minerva Centre by the Quilt Association of Wales, World Textile Day 3 will be an exciting and stimulating event for the UK’s growing community of passionate textile lovers.
 
Diane
Gaffney at World Textile Day 2010
Diane Gaffney at World Textile Day 2010
 
Building on the surprise success of World Textile Days 1 and 2, organisers Diane and Jim Gaffney of Textile Techniques in Bishop’s Castle, and Magie Relph and Bob Irwin of the African Fabric Shop in West Yorkshire, will focus this year on printed textiles from around the world.
 
In addition to pieces from their own private collections, the exhibition will include textiles collected by world-famous author, traveller and collector John Gillow, Japanese Kimono expert Susan Briscoe and Oriental and tribal clothing authority Martin Conlan of Slow Loris.
 
Admission to the exhibition is free. There is easy disabled access and plenty of nearby parking in the town. Refreshments will be provided by the Quilt Association. In addition, there will be two activities: In From Java to Africa at 11am, Diane Gaffney and Magie Relph will discuss batik and wax print. Their lecture will be followed at 2.30pm by a demonstration of Javanese and African fabric printing. £2 per activity.
 
Looking forward to World Textile Day 3, Magie Relph remarked, ‘World Textile Day has blossomed beyond all expectation. When we started, we loved the idea of a day devoted to world textiles with a changing theme every year. We’re amazed that our modest little show has struck such a chord with the textile community.’
 
A throng of shoppers at World Textile Day 2010
A throng of shoppers at World Textile Day 2010
 
Finally, a word of warning: some textiles may be for sale!