NIPG’s 40th Year with Kaffe Fassett

Saturday March 2nd 2019

Time: 16:00

Kaffe Fassett   “Colour and Inspiration”

Where: Ulster Museum for The NIPG 
Members £ 10.00  Non-members £ 20.00
Sunday March 3rd 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Parochial Hall, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra 
Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably
“Snowballs Quilt Workshop: Concentrate on Complex Colour Development”
The purpose of this workshop is to encourage participants to use their instincts and develop their own skills as colourists
Supported by: Windmill Fabrics, Windmill Business Park, Windmill Rd, Saintfield, Ballynahinch BT24 7DX
  • Windmill Fabrics stock Kaffe Fassett along with several other ranges. These will be available for purchse during the workshop. Kaffe & Brandon are prepared to help with selection.
Cost: £ 80.00

Information on requirements and details about the workshop may be found at our Workshop and Requirements page.

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.

The lecture which he shall be delivering for us on March 2nd 2019 at 4:00 in the Ulster Museum is all about colour.  [Costs just £20.00],

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.

Lastly, even though Kaffe Fassett travels around the world, one of the places most associated with him, is the American Museum in Bath.   Here  you’ll find a great video entitled Video 2014 The wonderful world of colour.

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