2018 Programme

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10am to 4pm 
  • WEAVERS LOFT selling weaving knitting yarn plus lots more!
  • Weaving and spinning skills day
10am to 4pm
  • FIONA MORRIS KNITTING WORKSHOP (Requires booking & deposit) 
    To include designing with your handspun and pattern design.
  • Weaving and spinning skills day for rest of guild

MARCH 10th
10am to 4pm

TALK  2pm

  • Weaving and spinning skills morning (Rigid Heddle Weaving impromptu workshop for the weavers, bring your own rigid heddle loom and your tips and tricks if you can help our newer members get started with theirs.)
  • Talk with demonstrations by inspirational Sue Coates from FLOROVINA on ancient spinning and knitting methods.

APRIL 14th
10am to 4pm

TALK  2pm

    Steve Kennett is a regular demonstrator and volunteer at the Weald & Downland Museum in West Sussex where he is also involved in researching Tudor knitted hose and spinning wool for the Interpretation team. He learned to spin some thirty years ago, taught by Dorothy Wilmshurst who had studied with Ethel Mairet at Ditchling in the 1930’s. Steve is Vice Chairman of the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, and tutor at the Association’s Summer School. He is a member of the Online and Wealden Guilds.
  • Weaving and spinning skills morning for rest of guild
  • EASTER COMPETITION - design your own name tag/badge for you to wear at the Guild meetings.  Any discipline, weaving. knitting, crochet, felting, braiding.  Entries by 12 noon.
  • Steve will give a talk in afternoon on his extensive knowledge and experience of all things concerned with spinning a yarn.
MAY 12th 
10am to 4pm
  • Ros started making traditional Dorset buttons to finish the heritage smocks she makes.  From the mid 17th century buttons were hand produced and formed an important part of the local rural economy prior to the development of machine made buttons in the mid 19th century.  There are many different forms of button including Dorset Knobs, High Tops, Singletons, Bird's Eyes and the popular Cross Wheels.  Rosalind makes sets of buttons to order for finishing special garments or customising a plain garment and also produces a range of gifts featuring hand made buttons. She has also made buttons for television costume dramas, including the recent BBC production of Poldark.
  • Weaving and spinning skills day for rest of guild

JUNE 9th 
10am to 4pm

  • Our annual FLEECE SALE to include craft stalls, tea and cakes, more details to follow.  (If you would like to sell your fleeces please contact ?????)
  • Weaving and spinning skills day for rest of guild

JULY 14th
10am to 4pm

  • New Forest Show organisation and preparation
  • Afternoon Cream Tea
  • Weaving and spinning skills day for rest of guild

10am to 4pm

  •  Weaving and spinning skills day

10am to 4pm

TALK 2pm

  • 11am AGM
  • Talk by Jennifer Hughes, renowned Asian Textile Expert.
  • Jennifer Hughes began her career as a Geography teacher, but later, after having two children, she became a dealer in antique woodworking tools, and then ran her own business designing, producing and marketing needlework kits. In 1991, she went with her husband to Thailand, were they lived for seven years. Here she became fascinated with the cultures and textiles of Southeast Asia. Collecting textiles as souvenirs on the way, Jennifer travelled in the surrounding areas to such places as Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Java, Bali, Japan and India fascinated and excited to discover the links between the textiles of these countries. During her time in Thailand she belonged to the National Museum Volunteers, an organisation that helped in the museum in Bangkok, and held lectures and study groups in which she participated. Since returning to the UK Jennifer has become a member of the Embroiderer’s Guild: the Associated Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, and the Textile Society. In autumn 2004 she helped to curate an exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate on ‘Silks from the Ancient Kingdoms’, featuring old and new silk textiles from central and southeast Asia, some from her own collection. She has had a number of articles published, some in the ‘The World of Embroidery’ and ‘The Journal for Weavers, spinners and dyers’ magazines, on such topics as: Thai Hill tribe Textiles, Thai Weaving, Japanese indigo dyeing, Textiles at Angkor Wat, a series on Collectors and their textiles and Madeiran embroidery.

10am to 4pm

TALK 2pm

  • Annual Competitions Entries close at 12 noon
  • Natural Dyeing workshop, details later as D&T have cancelled


10am to 4pm

  • Weaving and spinning skills morning
  • CHRISTMAS LUNCH & Competition


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Programme 2018

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Programme 2014

Programme 2013

Programme 2012

Programme 2011

Programme 2010