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.

GW STUDENTS: Join us for a fort building competition starting at 1 PM. 


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

Activities 

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

Performances

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