Celebration of Textiles: Comfort at Home

Adults and kids try on clothing from around the world

The museum celebrates its 40th-annual free community festival with a unique look at carpets, curtains, cushions, and other textiles for the home. Build a fabric fort, watch local artists spin and weave, enjoy dance performances, and explore spectacular fabrics from the ancient Mediterranean through tours of Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt.

Student Fort Building Competition

Schedule of Events: September 14, 10 AM–4 PM

Artist Demonstrations

  • Embroidery by the Japanese Embroidery Group
  • Knitting by the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church 
  • Quilting by Wee Bee Quilters
  • Weaving by Karen Anadol
  • Spinning by Fluff n' Nonsense
  • Lace making by the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild
  • Felting by Jill Newman
  • Sheep by Leesburg Animal Farm


  • Build a fabric fort
  • Design a pillow
  • Make a silk bracelet 
  • Weave recycled materials with ReThread DC
  • Try on clothing from around the world


  • 10:30 AM: Family tour of Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt
  • 11:30 AM: Tanoura dance performance
  • 12:30 PM: Tanoura dance performance
  • 1 PM: Fort building competition 
  • 1:30 PM: Tour of Woven Interiors
  • 2 PM: Fort building competition
  • 3 PM: Raffle and fort winners announced

Fort Building Competition for GW Students (1–3 PM)

Bring sheets, blankets, and decor to University Yard to show off your interior design skills. The competition starts at 1 PM.