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What is it?

  • In addition to dressmaking, embroidery and knitting, there are a number of other crafts using textiles as the basic material.  Many of these are very traditional in origin and some come from abroad.  

  • These crafts include crochet and lace making, patchwork and rug making, spinning and weaving, tapestry, batik and tie dyeing.  Further details on most of them can be obtained from the specialised organisations listed below.

  • Most people do these crafts for pleasure and/or to produce items (clothing, furnishings, works of art) that they want to have.  

  • Some people also put their work in for competitions and exhibitions.

Find out more


The Lace Guild  www.laceguild.demon.co.uk/
Alsager Patchworkers & Quilters Homepage  members.theglobe.com/alsagerpqs/ 
British Doll Artist Association  01744 894784
British Toymakers Guild  01225 442440

The on-line sewing store www.sewessential.co.uk 


Patchwork & Quilting

See also the following general craft magazines

Popular Crafts
Practical Craft

Getting started

  • Find a local group or club for the textile craft that interests you (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre or craft shop.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of textile crafts.

  • Check in your local library/paper, craft shop or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • All of these textile crafts involve some skills, but they are easy to pick up and can be done by people of all ages and both sexes.  

  • You can do all these activities at home on your own, or with friends or family.  Some people like to join an informal group or a class to learn more and exchange ideas.  

  • Members of the group many be of any age and either sex, though women are generally more common than men.

Equipment or clothing
  • All these textile crafts require material or thread of some kind. 

  • Each activity also requires its own special tools or other equipment,  e.g.  wax and dyes for batik, canvas and frame for tapestry, crochet hooks, rug making tools and so on.

A place or facilities
  • Most of these crafts can be done in a relatively small place and can be taken around to do where you want.  

  • Exceptions are tie dyeing and batik where space for the dyeing liquids, and for waxing and/or washing is needed.  

  • Groups may meet in people's homes, or in local rooms or halls.  Some schools and colleges have specially equipped studios or workrooms.

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