Other interesting websites


Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution

CHORD was set up in 1998 at the University of Wolverhampton to give new impetus to the study of the history of retailing and distribution, and to act as a point of contact between scholars


The former home and country meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group. They run courses, workshops lectures and walks

Craft + Design Equiry

The blog provides readers with information on the c+de journal, which interrogates and expands the international recognition of Australian craft and design, including back issues, calls for papers etc


DATS provide links and mutual support for professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland working with specialist collections of fashion, dress and textiles and with wider museum collections that include these materials

Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide

Set up by the Stitch Identification Group and the Henry Art Gallery, the guide presents a standardized nomenclature and classification system for embroidery stitches based on seven structural and three usage categories

Interview with designer Mara Nicolle

Gingerlily, a silk bedding company interviewed Mara Nicolle about how it is to work with silk and her designs for the new range

Irish Linen – The Fabric of Ireland

Information on the history of the linen industry in Ireland. Associated with the Living Linen oral history project

Javanese Batik

A blog that aims to gather information about batik workshops and the type of work they produced, informed by the authors’ travels along the north coast of Java

Pasold Research Fund

The Pasold Research Fund is a charitable institution that promotes and supports research on textile history, by giving financial assistance to researchers, by organising and supporting conferences and workshops and by publishing a monograph series and a major journal, Textile History

Project Sea Silk

The website of a project that is compiling an inventory of all objects in sea-silk and tracing the history of this almost forgotten textile material

Sarah Campbell Blog

The blog of textile designer Sarah Campbell

Stories of Cloth

Visual artist Lesley Sutton’s website is a culturally diverse arts and heritage project. ‘We all have a story of cloth to tell. What memory does cloth hold for you?’

Stroud International Textiles

Running a year round programme of talks, classes, workshops, discussions and exhibitions primarily based upon contemporary textiles – but including historical. They run an annual festival every May


Textile historian Viveka Hansen would like to share her work with all who are interested in textile studies

Textile Curator

Textile Curator is a showcase for contemporary textile artists from around the world. It’s aim is to inspire and broaden people’s knowledge of all genres of textile art

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields. Cutting edge contemporary craft to buy direct from 150 designer-makers in: jewellery, interior textiles, fashion accessories, glass, ceramics, textiles, metal and much, much more

The Weave Shed

The Weave Shed is a website for weave designers with a portfolio practice, payee, mills, independent, designer makers, tapestry, artists, educators and students

Quilt Museum

The Quilt Museum and Gallery is Britain’s first museum dedicated to quiltmaking and textile arts. It is managed by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles

Science Museum

Includes plastics, composite and smart materials as well as looms and sewing machines

Trowbridge Museum

Trowbridge Museum and Art Gallery tells the story of the once dominant, but now vanished West of England woollen cloth industry. It holds an extensive collection about the woollen cloth industry


ULITA is an archive of international textiles that collects preserves and documents textiles and other related design material from most of the major textile producing areas of the world

V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and programmes

Victoria and Albert Museum

Collection of over 5,000 textiles spanning 2,000 years on display in the galleries. Sample online some of the best textiles for historical research and reference. Use the Access to Images database to find images and information about textiles and dress in the collection

Warner Textile Archive

Archive of Warner Textiles, now owned by Braintree Museum Trust

Whitchurch Silk Mill

An early 19th century textile mill in the middle of the small country town of Whitchurch, Hampshire