NIPG’s 40th Year with Kaffe Fassett

The NIPG has had a wonderful celebration in the company of  Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably.

Firstly, we had a lecture from Kaffe Fassett on the topic of “Colour and Inspriation” on Saturday March 2nd 2019 at 16:00 in the Lecture Theatre of the Ulster Museum.

Secondly, we had an amazing workshop with  Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably at Windmill Fabrics in Saintfield. 

“Snowballs Quilt Workshop: Concentrate on Complex Colour Development”

Purpose:  The purpose of this workshop was to encourage participants to use their instincts and develop their own skills as colourists.

Kaffe Fassett

Is it possible?  What?

Somewhere in the world of textiles, there exists a person who hasn’t heard of Kaffe Fassett?

Just in case that person should exist, here are  a few bits and pieces about him.  A really quick search of the Internet will uncover many more images, stories and videos of him and his work.


Throughout the the last 50 years,  he has inspired people across the world with his colourful work in fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, painting and mosaic.

Isn’t this a great title for an article published in the New York Times and tells you a little bit about him. Throughout the textile world he is indeed known as the King of Colour.


Kaffe Fassett,  spends much of each year traveling with his partner, Brandon Mably.  Brandon-Malby-Kaffe-Fassett-Leon-Day-Images  His craft story began when he went to Scotland for a Gibbs event, that’s  the Scottish designer Bill Gibb.

The young Kaffe bought some colorful skeins of wool, and tapped the expertise of a fellow passenger to teach him how to knit during the long train ride home, a skill he refuses to see as “an exclusively female activity.” [NIPG: We totally agree, don’t we?].


Kaffe’s own website is worth a visit, click on the Gallery to access his fabrics, needlepoint, mosaics etc. The page on patchwork quilting will enchant, delight and inspire.

He is also a prolific author with books ranging from Quilts in Ireland to Kaffe’s Classics 25 glorious knitting patterns.

Here’s a review of his book entitled  “Dreaming in Colour” It is by Claire Leggett,   painter, illustrator and surface pattern designer based in Birmingham, UK.  In addition to which she teaches, lectures and is  Artist-n-Residence at the University of Birmingham Winterbourne House and Gardens until May 2020.

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