» Skip to content

Recent articles

View all stories


Sign up for our weekly updates which tell you what we have been up to, and what has been exciting us over the previous seven days.

Seeing the worldRead MoreMarch 3, 2015

We think the internet rocks! Every time we look for something, we get sidetracked and discover all sorts of amazing things...

Cullivoe Up Helly Aa 2015Read MoreFebruary 28, 2015


This weekend is Cullivoe Up Helly Aa, the annual fire-festival.

A world of basketsRead MoreFebruary 28, 2015


A catalogue from a basketry exhibition held in Istanbul in 2005 has been uploaded to the academic publications site, Academia.edu.

Oil, powering the worldRead MoreFebruary 28, 2015

Have you been watching the documentary series on Oil on BBC? Available on iPlayer (only for those in the UK), the series follows the ups and downs of this industry which provides us with, amongst other things, yarns and textiles.

Words and their meaningsRead MoreFebruary 25, 2015

Most of us will be familiar with surnames that come from the world of craft - the Smiths, the Weavers, and so on. But some surprising words have also crept into the English language from weaving...

The rise of niche manufacturingRead MoreFebruary 21, 2015

Niche manufacturing, small scale companies that make goods for others, is on the rise. Here is a story on BBC News from the USA.

Seeds and leaves of metalRead MoreFebruary 21, 2015


Artist Michelle Mckinney uses woven metals to create her delicate, atmospheric pieces.

Customising for the mass marketRead MoreFebruary 21, 2015

Is the future of manufacturing allowing anyone to have a hand in the process of creating?

New textile centre for ScotlandRead MoreFebruary 21, 2015

Galashiels is to be the site of a new centre for textiles.

Whose culture is it?Read MoreFebruary 21, 2015

Here is something to ponder. At New York's Fashion Week a dress has caused a stir because of its motifs.