Textile News


Shrewsbury Drapers are pleased to announce that this year we will be holding our Annual Textile Competition in The Shrewsbury LIBRARY and the competition display will open to the public for even longer than usual - Wednesday 15th – Saturday 25th November:  Open 9:30 – 5:00 (Tuesday 9:30 - 7:00, Saturday 9:30 – 4:00 & Sunday Closed)  so there will be plenty of time for everyone to come and view all the talent, skills and hard work that goes into the submissions.

As usual though, there is a vast array of fabulous prizes to be won.

For details please download the attached file, please note there is a different format for registering.



Drapers Company members, friends and guests viewed the Textile Design Competition entries at the reception in St. Marys before the annual Guest Night Supper at the end of November.

The library of pictures of the event can be viewed at 




Sarah Mills the Winner of The Jackie Ryan Memorial Award 2019 has now completed her first year at Birmingham City University.  During the course students are encouraged to enter their work for a range of national textile competitions.  Sarah has recently won two awards in the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition 2021.   

1st Prize:  The Clothworkers' Company Award 

Section: P3 

A printed Textile Design for either fashion or interiors which shows creative potential

Sarah's delicate print design was inspired by the Serengeti and included animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions and antelope

Commendation:  The JH Clissold & Son Ltd Award

Section: W2

A woven fabric which shows creative potential

Sarah's entry consisted of a hand woven panel with raffia inserted textured yarns

Sarah enjoys designing for both printed textiles and weaving and is planning to combine both these techniques to develop her work throughout the second year of her degree course.

The Bradford Textile Society was established in 1893 and is the oldest textile society in Britain, if not in the world.  The Society's annual Design Competition has a total prize money of over £17,000 and is unique in it's breadth of coverage and attracts almost 1,000 entries from students throughout the UK.


The theme this year is ‘East Meets West’ – We welcome all student entries in the 16-22 age category and all adult entries 22+. 

There is NO theme for the 11-16 year olds.



Vacancies in our Almshouses occur from time to time and are advertised on this website. 

 If you would like to register your interest please complete our Application Form and we will contact you. Details of the eligibility criteria and accomodation are on this website - look under Almshouses.