Celebration of Textiles

A visitor practices embroidery at a past Celebrations of Textiles festival.

Saturday, September 2, 11 AM–4 PM
Sunday, September 3, 11 AM–4 PM 

Explore the art of recycling at the museum's 38th-annual Celebration of Textiles festival. Try your hand at weaving with recycled materials and designing a paper dress; watch local fiber artists at work; enjoy live music and dance; and explore the ingenious designs in the exhibition Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse. Free; no reservations required.

Support for the 2017 Celebration of Textiles is provided in part by Cynthia and Alton Boyer.

Artist Demonstrations

  • Weaving by Marilyn Harrington
  • Embroidery by the Japanese Embroidery Group
  • Spinning by Fluff N’ Nonsense
  • Carpet repair by Zahirpour Oriental Carpets
  • Quilting by Wee Bee Quilters
  • Lace making by Chesapeake Region Lace Guild
  • Felt jewelry by Jill Newman
  • Weaving with metal by John Garrett, participating artist in the exhibition The Box Project: Uncommon Threads


  • Make upcycled jewelry with Scrap Baltimore
  • Weave with recycled materials
  • Design a paper dress
  • Join a knitting circle with Project Knitwell

Saturday Performances

12 PM: Dance performance by Giselle Rusany, GW Department of Theater and Dance
2 PM: Dance performances by GW international student organizations Argentine Tango Club and GW Raas.

Sunday performances

12 PM: Storytelling by Story Tapestries
1 PM: Music perfromance by Tabla for Two
2:30 PM: Music performance by Tabla for Two

Sheep provided by Leesburg Animal Park: 11 AM–3 PM.