Contemporary and traditional textile and fibre arts

Current Events & Exhibitions

Cleveland Fibre Arts grew out of a small group of rural artists and crafters working in handspinning, weaving, tapestry weaving and associated crafts.

Our work is inspired by the changing light, colours and textures of the seasonal landscape of the beautiful and dramatic moors, coast and the Cleveland Hills.

The Group became established in 1996 with a committee and monthly meetings at Margrove Heritage Centre. As membership increased, a CFA representative joined Hambleton Arts Council and with their support applied for, and obtained, a small Lottery Grant which enabled us to buy small pieces of equipment and participate in exhibitions.

Members work in a whole range of media including silk, fabric and wool (processing local fleece to spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, and felt) and produce quilts, rugs, hand spun and dyed yarns and knitted or crocheted garments, tapestry woven pictures, felted garments, bags and paintings, jewellery, embroidery art and much more.

CFA products are highly thought of locally, and we are invited every year to exhibit at the prestigious “Inspired by… Gallery” at Danby Moors Centre and across Cleveland and North Yorkshire. In addition, our members attend many other local events - demonstrating and offering visitors and their children the opportunity to “have a go”, as we are keen to promote interest in traditional rural crafts.

Over the years we have had various homes, and are currently back at Margrove, located between the moors and the north east coast, where we continue to meet monthly to share knowledge, keep alive traditional crafts and explore new materials and methods for producing contemporary textile arts.

Events & Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

Country Crafts Weekend

A fun day out for all the family, this event appeals to locals and tourists alike. There will be lots of demonstrators and live re-enactments. Cleveland Fibre Arts will be showcasing wool fibre crafts such as carding, spinning, weaving, knitting and button making.

18th Aug 2018 'til 19th Aug 2018

10am 'til 5:00pm

Ryedale Folk Musuem Website

Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA

Land of Iron Community Project

Cleveland Fibre Arts have won grant funding to participate in the Project and will initially run a series of workshops experimenting in the dyeing of textiles – cotton and wool – using iron finds from within the mines areas, such as rusty implements and ore spoil, fixed with alum which is also locally sourced.

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Land of Iron Community Project

Cleveland Fibre Arts have won grant funding to participate in the Project and will initially run a series of workshops experimenting in the dyeing of textiles – cotton and wool – using iron finds from within the mines areas, such as rusty implements and ore spoil, fixed with alum which is also locally sourced. At these workshops we aim to involve groups of adults and children at community venues along the Esk Valley in an intriguing and enjoyable craft activity to increase interest and knowledge about local heritage and the Land of Iron.

The 100 years following the opening of the Whitby and Pickering railway in 1835 saw an explosion in ironstone mining in the Rosedale and Esk Valley areas, along with further pioneering railway construction that connected these remote valleys to Teesside and the wider world. Many of the relics left from this period are crumbling and the stories around them are at risk of being forgotten forever.

Land of Iron will protect and conserve some of the most iconic of these monuments and work with land managers to nurture the natural environment that has reclaimed these spaces. It will document and tell the stories of what life was like for these communities when the landscape looked very different to how it does today.

One of the aims of this 5-year North York Moors Project is to make the landscape, and its industrial past, better understood and enjoyed by more people.

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