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Woven in a Day

June 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Experience WOVEN in one day as we take over Dewsbury town centre with textile themed activities. And you can join in with the The Big Knit at the same time.

Upcycle Challenge
10am – 2.30pm
Dewsbury Town Hall

Four teams have been set a challenge to source and combine 5 existing garments to create 1 up-cycled outfit. They will be provided with a mannequin, hand sewing materials and space at the Town Hall to work. Creative reuse of materials will be encouraged, along with a range of hand-sewing and craft skills to transform 5 ordinary garments into 1 extraordinary outfit! Visitors are welcome to drop in throughout the challenge to check in on the teams’ progress and join them at 2.30pm to see the final outfits.

The Wonder Dome
Free drop in and family friendly
Market Place

Come join us at Playful Anywhere’s Wonder Dome in Market Place with artists Len and Jason who will weave your stories of Dewsbury Delight into a cocoon of riotous, ribbon colour…

Upcycle Fashion & garment repair workshop 
11am – 2.30pm
Free drop in
Dewsbury Town Hall

Join Upcycle Fashion to transform unwanted T-shirts into new products including bags and jewellery and learn repair techniques for garment mending. Just bring along an old t-shirt or item of clothing and get creative! Children must be supervised.

WOVEN! Patchwork banner
11am – 2.30pm
Free drop in
Dewsbury Town Hall

Everyone is invited to create a part of the WOVEN! banner. You’ll have the chance to decorate your own square of fabric using different materials and techniques including fabric pens, embroidery and applique. All squares will then be stitched together to create a WOVEN! banner for the community. Children must be supervised.

Mini Woven Hangings
11:30 – 3pm
Free drop in
Foundry Street (gazebo)

Join Agnis Smallwood and learn how to use your own cardboard loom to create a mini woven hanging to take home with you. There will be different materials to explore using including a range of different colours and textures. Anyone and all abilities welcome!
Children must be supervised at all times.

Introduction to Embroidery
11.30am – 3pm
Free drop in
Foundry Street (gazebo)

We are really excited to welcome Leeds based textile artist and teacher Elnaz Yazdani for a beginners drop in embroidery workshop. You will be guided through a variety of beautiful hand embroidery techniques and stitches using an array of different coloured threads to create your own unique piece of thread art. Embroidery is also a great way to keep calm and reduce stress levels so come and enjoy the meditative wonders of the process of embroidery.

This is a beginners drop in workshop and all levels welcome.

Dhol Drummer & Bhangra Dancers
Between 12-3

Market Place, Foundry Street, Town Hall

Visitors will be treated to performances by VIRSA from their team of professional dancers and Dhol drummer. VIRSA have been a leading force in the North of England delivering high quality, world class Bhangra workshops and seminars over the last two decades!
The Ski Band
Market Place, Foundry Street, Town Hall
The Ski Band are bringing Club Tropicana to Dewsbury Town Centre with their summertime street beats and festival fun!

Ripping Yarns and Kirklees Through Textiles Film Screenings
The screenings are free to attend but audiences will need to book in advance
12 noon to approx 1.30pm
Brigantia, Wellington Road

Ripping Yarns is a series of short tales from the Kirklees Textile Trade by Alistair I Macdonald which explore the innovative businesses in Kirklees who are pioneering practices such as recycling unwanted clothes in order to generate electricity, using digital technology to push the boundaries of textile design and recycling denim to soundproof cars.

In Dewsbury and Mirfield, Kirklees Through Textiles, a cornucopia of local historic films curated by Chris Squire, will follow Ripping Yarns. The ten short films from the 1990s to present day, include rare footage of workers leaving a Dewsbury mill at the beginning of the 20th century, a vivid portrait of post-war family life and the forgotten story of Schofield and Smith’s mill in Slaithwaite (and the artist who salvaged material from it after it burned down).

Ripping Yarns
Short Tales from Kirklees Textile Trade: Six films by Alistair I Macdonald
Developed and Produced by Nancy Barrett, Creative Scene for Woven in Kirklees 2019
Screening will last 30 minutes

Kirklees through Textiles
A cornucopia of local historic films curated by Chris Squire
Screening will last 1 hour


June 8, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Dewsbury Market PLace
Market Place
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire WF13 1AE United Kingdom
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