We are a tapestry group that meets weekly at the Calderdale Industrial Museum
throughout the year. Each person works on their own piece without tuition. Being in a
20-strong group of established and talented weavers is a great source of learning for
This group of weavers first got together in 2004, when the Square Chapel Centre for
the Arts in Halifax ran courses for the Over 50’s. It was part of their wider community
outreach programme designed to make the arts more accessible to the people of
Sadly, in April 2018, funding was no longer available and we needed to find a new
home, albeit without a tutor. Luckily, the Calderdale Industrial Museum stepped in to
offer us a space, and we could continue to meet and practise our craft.
So, in Autumn 2018, this new group needed a name. We had developed from
beginnings in Square Chapel, and wanted to keep close to our weaving roots. We
thought that our new name should reflect this journey, hence we became the “Halifax
Square Route Weavers”.
The group’s work can be seen at the Calderdale Industrial Museum and Halifax
Minster. In the last few years, the group exhibited their work at the Calderdale
Industrial Museum and at the British Tapestry Group’s Fabric of the North exhibition
At Open Studios, along with displays of everyone’s work, we will show samples
demonstrating a range of different techniques and a loom so people can have a go
themselves, with specially designed instructions that can be emailed out.