Saturday, 16th November 2019

Talk at 11.00 a.m by Laura Thomas:

Indian Threads

Laura Thomas is an established woven textile artist and designer, making inventive work for contemporary spaces.  Born and brought up in Pembrokeshire, Laura studied at the University of Central England, the Royal College of Art and then undertook a Weave Design Fellowship at the Ann Sutton Foundation.  Laura then established her studio practice in South Wales in 2003 and has worked on a wide range of commissions and projects, alongside being a part-time lecturer at Carmarthen School of Art.  In 2017 Laura was honoured to be invited to undertake an artist residency in the Kachchh region of India, spending time at the Khamir Craft Centre and surrounding area. Laura will talk about the residency and the artwork made in response which can currently be seen at Aberystwyth Arts Centre until the 9th November. This project was devised and curated by Ceri Jones of Fieldwork with funding from the British Council Wales, Wales Arts International and Arts Council Wales.

Talk at 2.00pm by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones:

Hollywood Glamour 1916 to 1965

Saturday, 8th February 2020

Distaff spinning

The De Caversham Household is a living history group based in Cardiff. For over fifteen years, we have researched various aspects of 14th Century life, including clothing and textile crafts.

Spinning with a distaff is rarely seen nowadays and many people, even spinners, consider the distaff to be a tool for flax only. However, evidence from pre-Industrial Europe demonstrates that the distaff was used for all types of spinning, including for wool, for many centuries. Members of The De Caversham Household will discuss their research and demonstrate the traditional European distaff spinning methods that they have helped to reconstruct.


All meetings are now held in the Auditorium in the Main Building at St Fagans: National History Museum, unless otherwise advertised. The new lecture theatre is accessed through the main Museum entrance and up the stairs on the right.

Start times usually 10.30am for Coffee. Speakers at 11.00am and 2.00pm unless stated otherwise.

There is a £5.00 car parking charge at St Fagans.

Non-members are welcome, £6 for the day.

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