Learn to create your own clothing at Farnham Maltings’ festival of textiles, thread

This year's official festival illustration by artist Emma Block (Illustration Emma Block)

This year's official festival illustration by artist Emma Block (Illustration Emma Block) - Credit: Illustration Emma Block

Fancy having a go at creating your own clothing but not sure where to start? Then head to Farnham Maltings’ festival of textiles, thread, which showcases the many and varied ways of interpreting and working with fabrics.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2015


Taking place on Friday September 25 and Saturday September 26, the two-day festival will include a whole host of specialist workshops catering to all ages and levels, as well as talks from textile designers from across the world and an impressive variety of stallholders from around the country.

“We are delighted to have thread back at the Maltings,” says Lynsey Nichols, craft and exhibitions officer at Farnham Maltings. “It’s always fantastic to have a building full of craft and textile makers, both professionals and enthusiasts, learning together and taking away new skills, knowledge and a passion to improve their textile ability.”

Among the workshops on offer will be everything from an introduction to your sewing machine to a masterclass in printing on textiles and the chance to join Great British Sewing Bee finalist Lauren Guthrie to make a custom-made, snap-frame coin purse.

Festival-goers keen to delve deeper into the world of textiles will also have the opportunity to hear expert talks offering insider knowledge of their craft – including by freelance illustrator Emma Block, the designer of the thread festival print for the past few years, whose session is aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs in the creative sector to set up a successful business.

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Elsewhere, the festival’s marketplace will showcase a rich mix of artisan fabrics, sewing kits and haberdashery items, with the ingredients for all manner of sewing projects. So, whether you’re a seasoned stitcher, or just starting out, you will find all the tools to get making.

thread, a festival of textiles, Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR, Friday September 25, 12-6pm, and Saturday September 26, 10am-5pm. Entry is £5* in advance, £7.50 on the door, or free for under-15s (ticket includes entry to both days). *£1 booking fee applies. Tel: 01252 745444. Web: farnhammaltings.com


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