At The Stitch Society, we have long been fans of the fabulous Selvedge magazine. Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story.  We are surrounded by cloth from the cradle to the grave and by exploring our universal emotional connection to fibre we share the stories and values that mean the most to us. From why we love the sound of a needle pulling thread through taut linen, to why we are fascinated by the clothes we wear and the fibres we unknowingly rely on. There are many sides to every story and Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle.

Selvedge believe that textiles unite all humanity and in surveying the development of society it is clear that from a spider’s web to the world-wide web, textiles appear as the protagonist.

It is with this thought that they are widening their net and for the first time, the Selvedge Fair travels to Pendle in Lancashire with their first fair in the north of England at THE PENDLE HERITAGE CENTRE Park Hill, Colne Road, Barrowford, Nr. Burnley, Park Hill, Lancashire, BB9 6JQ on Saturday 23 September from 11am- 5pm.

Pennine Lancashire is shaped by textiles; they are woven through its social and urban fabric. By the end of the 19th century the area, stretching along the banks of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, was producing 85% of the world’s cotton goods and it was this global trade that brought thousands of workers to drive its mills over the ensuing centuries, building a creative, industrious and diverse population that shapes the area today

The fair is part of Fabrications, the UK’s first festival that celebrates and explores textiles and the textile industry through the eyes of artists. Drawing on it’s rich heritage, Fabrications festival is taking place in galleries, museums and former textile mills across Blackburn, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle throughout September, the festival presents something for everyone with exhibitions, residencies, workshops, including the fair hosted by Selvedge magazine and major art installations and performances including the premiere of Suzanne Lacy’s lm produced with the people of Pendle.

The Fair in Pendle will bring together a curated collection of makers and merchants and is an opportunity to meet makers, catch up with friends and find that special something. The programme for the whole festival can be seen HERE.


Visitors to the Selvedge Fair can also take part in one of the complimentary workshops with Kate Whitehead and Priscilla Jones, details below.

Memory and meaning with Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a textile artist specialising in weave & embroidery. Kate’s work is a protest against the way textiles are consumed in western society.  Tired of a world in which clothes are produced and thrown away without thought to the consequences; where the fashion industry and media impose identities on us. Kate’s rebellion is to go back to slower processes, embrace tradition, salvage the discarded, fix the broken. Kate revels in discovering humble, quiet fabrics like calicos and cottons, the more worn, faded and story-laden the better, and giving them a second chance. She takes time to imagine the history of every piece, exploring its hues and tones, examining its tears and frays, weighing up its foibles.


Spoon sculpting with Priscilla Jones

Priscilla Jones has been creating contemporary stitched mixed media pieces in 2D and 3D since completing her degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997. She draws her inspiration from a variety of sources exploring the concept of identity, memory and nostalgia.
 Join her for this workshop and explore the possibilities of making spoons from fabric, wire and wax. During the workshop you will create lots of different shapes from lightweight wire that can easily be manipulated by hand. They can be decorated however you wish using trimmings, buttons and stitch.



The fair will take place in the 17th century Park Hill Barn at the Pendle Heritage Centre. Set within the Pendle Forest, the Centre is part of an ancient textile settlement dating back to the 13th century. The vernacular buildings of Pendle Forest have been conserved by the Heritage Centre and form one of the Heritage Trust for the North West’s flagship projects.

See the Centre’s museum, which tells the story of its former residents. Relax with a cup of tea or delicious lunch at the Centre’s tea room. Enjoy a trip to nearby Gawthorpe Hall to see the Shuttleworth Collection (featured in Selvedge 59). Wander through the 18th century walled garden or follow in the footsteps of the Lancashire Witches on their four mile walk to Lancaster castle.

Pendle Heritage Centre is situated a mile from Junction 12 of the M65; follow the brown signs. Parking is available on Colne Road, opposite the main entrance.


To book tickets for the Fair, please click HERE. Please note Selvedge will not be sending physical tickets. To gain entry to the event, please bring along the printed order confirmation or present it on a smart phone.

We hope to see you there, do please come and say hello if you are coming and anyone who greets us with the phrase I LOVE MOLESKIN will have a 10% discount on day, plus the opportunity to win a goody bag from The Stitch Society!!

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