Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Quilters Guild Museum and Gallery to close

Really sad to read this today - such a shame we will lose this terrific venue for quilters. Not really the upbeat news I would have liked to impart as my last blog before Christmas. However I hope you all have a peaceful and joyous festive break and a fabulous 2015.
The Quilters’ Guild has today announced that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York is to close at the end of October, 2015. The Quilt Museum and Gallery has been working very hard to achieve challenging targets for income from visitors and business ventures but, sadly, these targets have not been achievable.
The Quilters’ Guild has provided financial support to The Quilt Museum through its own reserves and fundraising activities but these funds cannot provide the Quilt Museum and Gallery with a sustainable future in the long term.
Guild President, Vivien Finch said “The decision to close the Quilt Museum and Gallery is profoundly disappointing, but we can take comfort in the knowledge that since it opened we have welcomed over 75,000 people to over 50 exhibitions and introduced many visitors to the joy of quilts and quilting. In addition, we have taught sewing skills to over 8,000 children and adults.”
“The number of paying visitors has ranged between 10,000 and 12,500 per year and we now know that this is a considerable achievement for a small “niche” museum, commented Museum Manager, Fiona Diaper.
The Quilt Museum and Gallery will remain open until 31 October, 2015, and visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibitions planned for 2015 including a major exhibition with Kaffe Fassett entitled Ancestral Gifts, showing new quilts created by Kaffe in response to quilts in The Quilters’ Guild Collection.
The Quilters’ Guild will continue to care for its Collection of historic and contemporary quilts and are concentrating their efforts on finding a location where the public can gain access to quilts by pre-organised visits.  They are also exploring a wide range of opportunities for items from the Collection to be exhibited in other locations.

Friday, 12 December 2014

London Textile Fair January 2015

Something to look forward to after all the festivities have finished..... ideal if you are a designer wanting to view the latest fashions.
TLTF offers buyers, distributors, and designers the opportunity to view a large range of textiles from the most prestigious textile mills in Europe – all under one roof! Showing at The Business Design Centre, Islington.

http://thelondontextilefair.co.uk/

Exhibitors from across Europe

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Liverpool Cathedral Exhibition

Liverpool Cathedral

If you haven't already been, our local Liverpool Cathedral is well worth a visit for lots of reasons.  The wonderful architecture, the stained glass and not least the wonderful collection of metalwork embroidery.
Entrance to the Elizabeth Hoare Embroidery Gallery is included in the price of the Tower Experience. It is located in the Triforium – a large, internal Gallery at the west end of the cathedral, 80+ feet/over 20m above the cathedral floor level and accessed direct from the first stage lift in the tower. Here you can safely enjoy not only fantastic views of the interior of the cathedral itself from a great height, but also the exquisite and unique collection of Victorian and Edwardian ecclesiastical embroidery on display. For those whose passion is embroidery, both modern and traditional, the collection can also be seen as part of a special Embroidery Trail at various venues throughout Liverpool and the Wirral. Information on this can be obtained from local Tourist Information centres in Liverpool & the Wirral.

The Cathedral Shop sells an extensive range of Elizabeth Hoare books, cards and gifts. Purchase on line or visit us. Now available the new embroidery guide. A must, filled with stunning photography and available online.

Opening Hours for the Tower Experience

Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm with extended opening hours during summer
Sunday hours are restricted by services:12 noon – 2.30pm