The Crafty Networking Initiative

Crafty Networking is an Initiative to support craft-workers, designers and artists to make positive connections with like-minded people. We endeavor to put makers, sellers, bloggers, buyers and enthusiasts in touch to discuss their work, share skills and interests, meet people who may be able to help with the commercial success of their work, and connect them with the rich and inspirational collections at the Pitt Rivers.

Crafty Networking is a collaborative programme between the VERVE project at the Pitt Rivers, the O3 Gallery and Darn It & Stitch. Crafty networking events take places four times a year.

Textiles in Focus

29 October 2016, 10.00-16.30

A day celebrating the textile Collections: watch a weaving demonstration amongst the textile displays; go behind the scenes with a curator and discover the secrets of the Sheila Paine textile collection; visit special exhibition ‘Stitch of a Symbol’; drop-in for coffee and cross stitch to create patterns for yourself; have a go on a loom and handle textiles from around the world. Full programme:

  • Weaving demonstration in the Museum’s Court, with Weaver and Deputy Head of Conservation, Jeremy Uden (throughout the day)
  • The Sheila Paine Collection: Behind The Scenes talk with Joint Head of Collections and curator of Stitch of a Symbol, Julia Nicholson (11.00 & 14.00) | Book Now
  • Drop-in Coffee and Cross-stitch, Seminar Room (11.00-16.00)
  • Textile object handling and interactive loom demonstrations, Balcony (throughout the day)
  • Exhibition: Stitch of a Symbol – Insights into the Textile Journeys of Sheila Paine, First Floor (until 12 February 2017)

Previous Crafty Networking speakers:

Jay Blades, director of Out of the Dark
Barnaby Carder, AKA carver 'Barn the Spoon'
Jamie Chalmers, needleworker 'Mr X Stitch'
Sherry Doyle, of Basketry Plus
Felicity Ford, creator of Knitsonik
Tortie Hoareleatherworker and furniture maker
Phillip JonesIllustrator
Aimee Payton, organiser of 'The Big Stitch'
Catherine Warrilow, Director of Seriously PR