Thread Counts’ first event extends debate around the exhibition We Need To Talk About Clothes. The day is open to anyone interested in fashion and textiles, making (of all kinds), and sustainable and ethical design. Tickets are free and include lunch. Tickets available from

10:00 – Tea and coffee

10:30 – Opening and Thread Counts launch talk (Margaret McDonough)

11:00 – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CLOTHES exhibition tour, and panel discussion


  • Kate Cole, (Waste Minimisation Officer, Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team)
  • Jamie Perry (Love Your Clothes) tbc
  • Alex Ryan (Associate Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire)

12:30 – Lunch (provided)

13:30 – Maker’s Spaces: Mary Jane Baxter introduction

A series of workshops will continue the theme of the value of making, with workshops to enable both beginner and intermediate makers to try out their skills.

15:30-16:30 – Open debate around both the value of making and sustainability within fashion and textiles.


Thread Counts is a collaboration between Hardwick Gallery, Atelier (Stroud) and Fashion Design at the University of Gloucestershire for sustainable textile futures.