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Cromford Mills: ‘Fabric of the North’


This May, Cromford Mills near Matlock will be hosting an exhibition by the British Tapestry Group (BTG).

‘Fabric of the North’ brings together works created by more than 30 weavers.

Regular, three-dimensional and mixed-media tapestries (large and small) will all be on display, brought together by a shared theme: our Northern heritage.

Exhibitors will come from near and far, with a broad range of experiences.

At one extreme there are long-established, internationally-acclaimed artists who generally work to commission; at the other there are comparative novices, including young children.

Visitors will discover an art form which can be enjoyed by all, whether from working the loom or simply admiring a work as it takes pride of place.



Matlock resident Barbara Scott, one of the BTG organisers, told us: “This is going to be an amazing vision of northern England.

“It’s not just about looking, there will be opportunities for interaction too, and you might even like to purchase one of the exhibits.”

Many of the artworks will also be available for sale during the event, with prices ranging from £20,000 to just £65.

Both adults and children will be able to participate in weaving a large-scale tapestry, making tiny tapestries or learning ribbon braiding.

There will be videos, posters of works by BTG members from around the world and spinning demonstrations.

There will also be specialist talks by tapestry experts, and more experienced weavers can join the professional workshops on offer. Weaving materials and equipment will be available for sale.

Barbara added: “If you have even a passing interest in weaving, or in the landscape, industry and social history of the North, you should visit us at Cromford Mills.

“Here you can learn more about our industrial heritage, see the exhibition, enjoy tea and cake – in fact something for everyone – please join us.”

Fabric of the North runs 6th-23rd May 2020. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.

Talks and professional workshops are ticketed. Details can be found at



Image credits: ‘Living Local’ – The Weaving Children; ‘Dawn Flight’ – Margaret Crowther



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