StitchedUp Festival 2017

Jul 12, 2017 | Art and Culture, Events, Wangaratta

STITCHED UP: Wangaratta’s 14th annual textile festival runs from July 8-16 2017, with featured work including ‘Summer’ by Marian Greaves (above). PHOTO: Provided by StitchedUp Festival committee.

The 14th Stitched Up Textile Festival will be held in and around Wangaratta July 8-16, 2017 and will showcase a raft of textile exhibitions and events.

While many events start before and finish after the festival dates, they all come together during the official festival to celebrate the diverse range of textile pursuits, come together to share and learn textile techniques, enjoy stunning exhibitions and immerse ourselves in the rich textile history of Wangaratta.

Start your festival at Stitchy Central – Gallery 2 at the Wangaratta Art Gallery, where you can pick up maps and get the latest news about the festival. A community Textile Exhibition with the theme Stitching a Story will be on display and you can vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice award. There will be demonstrations by local crafts people throughout the festival. From Stitchy Central check out the events within walking distance of the CBD. Short car trips will take you to stitchy venues around town and the region. There are plenty of retail opportunities within Wangaratta and beyond. Many workshops are on offer and exciting one day events, including our popular Makers Market to conclude the festival on July 16. Full details head to www.stitchedupfestival.com

From Stitchy Central you can walk to many of the venues within the CBD –

  • Gallery 1 for the 2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award – the $10,000 acquisitive award attracts leading contemporary textile artists from across the country.
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral to see a collection of theatre costumes with the exhibition Once Upon a Time.
  • Wangaratta Library’s Bainz Gallery for the Seasonal Stories Exhibition – 38 textile artists have been making one artwork per season over the last year with their interpretations of the four seasons.
  • The Performing Arts Centre to check out Textiles in the Foyer: Kate Just – Hope and Safe.
  • Victorian Information Centre for Textile Tales of Life, Love and Loss. Here you will explore historic textiles, including items from Anzara Clark, Carol Sonogan, and The Tumbarumba Women’s Hut.
  • PO Arcade, The Co-Store & Wangaratta Eye Care for crafty kid displays.

A decent 30-minute walk or a short car trip to:

  • St Bernard’s school hall for Strictly Quilts, this quilt show consistently showcases an amazing array of quilts by local quilt groups as well as this year’s celebrity textile artist Barbara McCabe.
  • Wendy’s Webb has a wonderful display of knitted items by Wendy Norman from elegant christening gowns and lacey rugs through to a lab rat or two.

Take a road trip –

  • Corowa – just over 30-minutes to Gallery 294 for Much Ado about Felting – Shakespearean story lines inspire felted wearable art by Margaret Wilmot and Barbara Pritchard. While in Corowa visit Christine Upton’s Wacky Bird Gallery (not in brochure but open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during the festival)
  • Up to Bright, about an hour from Wangaratta, and the drive takes you through the beautiful Ovens Valley. Here you’ll find Sew Bright Alpine Quilting for quilting and linen fabric, patterns and art supplies.
  • Over in Glenrowan you’ll find the 10 to 4 Gallery with local arts and crafts on offer, then on to Benalla to Gingerbears for bear making workshops.

Retail Therapy Wangaratta –

  • My Little Patch. Susan Callus patchwork and quilting shop plus displays
  • Spotlight Wangaratta has a terrific range of fabric and craft supplies.
  • The Mill Shop, Australian Country Spinners (Wangaratta Woollen Mills) for hand and machine knitting yarns.
  • West End Lotto and Wool has a lovely selection of knitting yarns, patterns, accessories.
  • Unfortunately, The Factory Outlet has closed their doors since our brochure went to print, they have been long supporters of the festival.  We are indebted to Wilson Fabrics who continue provide us free space in their factory to store our festival banners, archives, stands and memorabilia.

Workshops during the festival organised by the Stitched Up Committee – 

  • Susan Mathews: Lino Block Printing on Fabric (fully booked)
  • Shirley Brightwell: Yarn Scarf on Water Soluble Plastic
  • Judith Roberts: Wabi Sabi Textiles

Other workshops will be held by-

  • My Little Patch – Sashiko, foundation piecing, Squares by hand.
  • Sackville & Lane – Come and try day
  • Wangaratta Art Gallery will host workshops and forum
  • Gallery 294, Corowa
  • Spotlight, Wangaratta
  • Australian Country Spinners (Wangaratta Woollen Mills)
  • Gingerbears, Benalla

For details of these events jump online to www.stitchedupfestival.com,  Pick up a brochure from the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre, Email info@stitchedupfestival.com or phone Kathy 0407219564. There is so much more to our region, gourmet food, world class wineries, galleries, rivers and bushland – to find out more and for accommodation visit http://www.visitwangaratta.com.au/ Come Along and get Stitchy!