Craft Class: An Introduction to Needle Felting.
Wednesday 10th October 2018, 10am – 1pm
This October the Museum of Carpet will host ‘An introduction to Needle Felting’. Join us to learn the art of Needle Felting starting with some basic needle felting techniques; how to use needles and wool to make a basic shape. The aim of this class is to use all skills learnt to produce a little penguin to take home.
Class run by Linda Small.
Tickets £30 per person – all materials provided.
Venue – Museum of Carpet
~it’s Brrrr-illiant fun.
Heritage Bus Tour! – Hold on to you Tickets
Saturday 22nd September 2018
This weekend the 22nd September two vintage bus will be embarking on a tour of the historical sites of Kidderminster. Departing from Kidderminster Town Hall the bus will visit the Living Looms projects in Stourport and Brockway Carpets ending at the Museum of Carpet. Along with passage on the Bus each ticket holder has free entry to the Museum of Carpet to be redeemed from Saturday 22nd September any day up until Christmas 2018.
*Entry to the museum valid only with Ticket.
Ikebana in the Museum.
Last week Ikebana experts Angela and Takashi Sawano staged an Ikebana demonstration at the Museum. For one morning the museum was overrun with flowers, branches and leaves all delicately molded into harmonious arrangements. Introduced in the 6th century the art of Ikebana is based upon simple linear constructions that showcase the subtle beauty of the natural world. Angela and Takashi explained their techniques and illustrated the symbolism vital to Ikebana as they constructed eight beautifully unique creations. These arrangements were later raffled off to the audience at the end of the demonstrations.
Summer is Here. Journey to Japan is Here.
This summer the Museum of Carpet’s latest exhibition ‘Journey to Japan’ invites you to explore the oriental beauty of Japanese textile designs and artwork.
Feast your eyes on the extensive collection of Funpon (Ink Paintings) and Katagami (Textile Stencils) that depict the beauty of Japanese scenery, culture and mythical creatures under the warm glow of our bespoke katagami light boxes.
Alongside the exhibition the museum is hosting a variety of Japanese inspired events this summer including a Kumihimo braiding workshop, Family Theatre production and Ikebana flower arranging demonstration. In addition, throughout the school summer holidays there will be (free) Children’s Japanese arts and craft activities in the gift shop.
Alongside the debut of our latest exhibition ‘Journey to Japan’ the Museum Gift Shop has undergone a Japanese themed makeover. From the gift shop you can now purchase a range of Katagami and Funpon inspired mugs, compact mirrors and colouring cards. You can also take home a piece of the exhibition with made to order Katagami prints featured in the exhibition. Be sure not to miss these summer exclusives.
Grand Quilt Raffle
This summer a very colourful bed quilt was raffled off as part of the Museum of Carpet Grand Raffle. Made by the members of Kidderminster Forest Quilters the quilt was inspired by an Art Deco carpet design from the Museum of Carpet archives.
The quilt was on display in the Museum from 17 March until 23 June. The final draw took place at the Museum on Saturday 25 August and our lucky winners have started to collect their prizes. Other prizes in the raffle include a cushion and patchwork bag, as well as other prizes which have been donated. Have you missed a call from the museum? If so you could be one of our lucky prize winners.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in making the quilt, donating prizes and giving up their time to make the Grand Raffle happen.