Exhibition talks and demonstrations

thread...a festival of textiles

Join us in the long kiln room to see our exhibition and enjoy our talks and demonstrations program.

The Alchemy of blue

Jacqueline James is an award-winning rug weaver and dyer creating bespoke commissions for private collectors. Amélie Crépy is an artist and textile print designer for fashion and luxury interiors. Together they have created The Alchemy of Blue, a contemporary handwoven and custom-dyed textile installation featuring luxurious natural fibres including wool, silk and linen dyed in woad and indigo, the plants historically used to produce the colour blue for textiles. Their ambitious collaboration is intended to create a thought-provoking textile artwork that strips away functionality and pushes their professional practices to a higher level. It will reflect their mutual concern around issues of commercial, mass-produced textiles and the impact on the environment. They hope their installation will inspire others to further consider their part in sustainable living.

A short film documenting their journey will be played alongside the textile piece throughout the day.

instagram @Thealchmyofblue @jacqueline_james_rugs @ameliecrepy

Fine Needlework by Rosie McKellar talk and demonstration

10.30am long kiln gallery

Rosie will talk about her embroidery journey from the very south of New Zealand to studying at the Royal School of Needlework. One of her favorite stitches is chain stitch. You will have a change to have a go and learn some of the history of this lovely and useful stitch that comes in many different forms.

In conversation with Mrs M and Olive Road London

12pm long kiln gallery

tips and inspiration for all your pattern conundrums

Mrs M of Maven Patterns and Sarah of Olive Road London talk all things patterns, from design inspiration to pattern hacks and sewing tips.

Mrs M founded Maven Sewing Patterns in 2015 with a mission bring her industry knowledge to the home sewer by creating sewing patterns that you will want to use again and again.

Sarah Richards founded her independent vintage fabric shop, Olive Road London, to share her passion of reusing these beautiful old fabrics.

Helen Locke


Join printmaker Helen Locke to try Heat Transfer in the Heat Press. This exciting process enables the transfer of expressive marks made with Heat Transfer Paints onto synthetic fabrics. Try layering shapes and colours and take home a small fabric sample to play with!

Sewing Guru's

The Maltings resident textile duo Alice and Ginny will be on hand in our foyer for sewing chat and to answer questions.

Keira Graham

The Riverside Café Gallery takes great pleasure in welcoming Keira Graham with her exhibition A Different View. This collection of beautiful silk artworks is on display in collaboration with Thread… a festival of textiles, which takes place this June.

A Different View brings together a collection of textile artworks which use the rawness of silk to convey depth and movement in each unique piece of work, creating changes through shadow and light and when viewed from different aspects. Works include depictions of the dramatic colours of the British coastline and countryside.

Always fascinated by the different textures created by manipulating fabric, Keira produces unique artworks in silk that use the richness of the fabric and the weave to create pieces that initially appear as landscapes and seascapes from a distance and take on an entirely different visual experience when viewed close-up. All artworks are framed using UV protective ArtGlass to maintain the rich colours of the silks used.

Artist Bio

Keira is a textile artist and designer based in Tadworth, Surrey. She studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in embroidery. Always fascinated by the construction of fabric, Keira has spent many years exploring various techniques of manipulating, distressing, and experimenting with different fabrics and textures to create original artworks. Keira has developed a style of artwork that reflects the richness and delicate nature of the most luxurious of fabrics, silk. Each piece of work is unique and what may initially appear as a landscape or tempestuous seascape from a distance, takes on an entirely different visual experience when seen close-up. Keira is a member of Surrey Artists Open Studios and was a finalist for Surrey Artist of the Year in 2021.

Instagram: @Keira_graham_art