Weaving a Thread, Spinning a Yarn

Press Release: 19/11/2012

Weaving a Thread, Spinning a Yarn

From Saturday 17 November to Sunday 6 January City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre will be hosting an exhibition by members of the Hampshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

A colourful and inspiring exhibition by this skilled and creative group of textile practitioners, that offers visitors an insight into crafts that have been practiced by civilisations across the world for thousands of years.

Members of the Guild will occasionally be on hand during the exhibition to demonstrate their skills and even allow visitors the chance to try their hand at some of these fascinating crafts.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to see artefacts from Winchester Museums’ collections that take the story of production of textiles back to the Bronze Age.

Cllr. Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport for Winchester City Council said, “Winchester has a long and distinguished association with the design and production of textiles stretching back to the time of the Saxons and Alfred the Great, it is thought by some that the Bayeux Tapestry was created in Winchester. This is a tradition that is thriving in Winchester today with many talented local artists and groups, such as the Guild, producing imaginative and contemporary work.”

If you pop in to City Space on Saturday 1 and 8 December, between 2.00pm and 4.30 pm, you will find members of the Guild demonstrating a range of activities including spinning and weaving using different types of fibres and looms, braiding, finger knitting and needle felting. There will also be the opportunity to have a go at some of the activities yourself.

If you have ever wanted to try you hand at felt making we are offering a chance to have go on Saturday 15 December between 2.00pm – 4.30pm. We only have a limited number of places for this event so please book by calling in at the exhibition in City Space or telephone: 01962 873 610. This event is suitable for age 8+.

Children participating in these activities must be accompanied by an adult.

All the above activities are free.

City Space opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm. Closed Bank Holidays and Friday 23 November

City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

Admission is free.