Welcome back! Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Our new guided tours launch on Friday 7th August and run daily - book your own guide and visit the Arkwright Experience. Go to 'Visit' for more information.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 to Saturday, May 23, 2020

Fabric of the North brings together works by members of the British Tapestry Group, in a range of styles and techniques, large and small, with a single theme: our Northern heritage.

​​Exhibitors from near and far include long-established professional artists as well as relative novices, and visitors will discover an art form which can be enjoyed at all levels by anyone, whether working on the loom, admiring a hanging on display, or buying a work to enjoy at home. Visitors of all ages can help weave a large-scale tapestry, enjoy demonstrations and videos, and see posters of tapestries by British Tapestry Group members from around the world.

Weaving materials and equipment will be available for sale.

  • Entry to the exhibition is free.
  • The free, drop-in workshops are for all visitors, and families will find them a lot of fun.
  • The talks are for anyone with an interest in tapestry.
  • The professional workshops, which are ticketed, are mainly intended for more experienced or ambitious tapestry weavers. For more information on a presenter go to the Fabric of the North Web page. 

If you have an interest in weaving - or just need an excuse to visit Cromford Mills for tea, cake and the fabulous industrial archaeology - you need to be at Fabric of the North.

Ticketed Talks and Workshops - See separate listings

• 6th May, 6:00pm Michael Crompton - Exhibition Preview and Talk: ‘Woven Tapestries, Woven Stories’. 

• 20th May, 6:00pm Ruth Bell - Talk: ‘Tapestry Weaving: Jewish Themes’

• 23rd May, 9:30–2:30pm Alastair Duncan - Workshop: ‘Weaving Sound’

• 23rd May, 2:30–5:30pm Jane Walkley - Workshop: ‘3D Mixed-Media Weaving’

• 23rd May, 6:30pm Alastair Duncan - Talk: ‘The Challenges of Change’