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History of the Stitched Up Textile Festival

New Threads

The idea of a festival showcasing textile artists arose from a small group of people discussing a support festival for the "Marvelous Miniatures" display by the Victorian Quilters Association at the Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery in June 1999.

This small group of industrious people called upon the local community for help. Responses came from local textile industry art and craft groups, spinning, weaving, quilting and embroidery "action groups".

Event Threads

With a limited budget and lots of enthusiasm an event was organised - The Stitched Up Textile Festival 1999 was created.

The Wangaratta Textile Arts Association (WTAA) is a non-profit organisation managed by a committee of volunteers including recognised textile artists, business and industry leaders and representatives from various craft groups.

Working Threads

Quilters / Embroiderers / Hand Spinners & Weavers / Felters / Doll Makers / Knitters have all been involved, and the list grows each year.

The festival is committed to the ongoing promotion of arts and craft traditions by enticing artists to pass on their skills and knowledge through featured workshops, demonstrations, discussion groups and exhibitions.

Supporting Threads

The overwhelming support obtained from business, industry and community sectors is largely responsible for the festivals success.

Major sponsorship for the festival has recently come from the Rural City of Wangaratta's community grants program.

Australian Country Spinners has also been a major sponsor of the festival since it began and Bruck Textiles assisted in the festivals establishment. Local retailers, newspapers, radio and television have offered their ongoing sponsorship and support.

Pulling In Threads

The festival continues to attract visitors from interstate and overseas. The successful and innovative themes make each festival a unique experience.

The involvement of Primary & Secondary Schools in projects with special themes, changing from year to year, has become a highlight of the festival.