The Notification for the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers 2020 AGM can be found on the WIP by clicking here:

AGM 2020

You are able to download the Nomination, Proposition and Point for Discussion forms from that page

Unfortunately the AGWSD are looking for a new Honorary Secretary with some urgency.

Please find a letter from the Association Chair here:

To all Guild Members

I am writing to inform you that, unfortunately, Soo Coates, Secretary for The Association, has to step down with immediate effect, having been diagnosed with a very serious medical condition.

Obviously The GPC are very sad to lose Soo, as she has done a phenomenal amount of work since taking on the role, including working with web designers on the new Association website, as well as all the work on GDPR.

Soo has very kindly offered to produce very comprehensive hand over notes but the role will need someone who is computer literate and comfortable with IT systems such as WordPress for the website and also Microsoft Office 365 for communication.

Obviously, the Secretary is a very vital role in ensuring that the Association continues to function, so it is vital that we can replace Soo as soon as possible – obviously her personal needs have to take priority over absolutely anything else.

If you feel you are able to take on this role please, please do get in touch, even if it is just to find out more about what is involved. Whoever takes on this role will be given full support by the GPC. No-one expects you to hit the ground running and all Guilds will I am sure, give you time and space to learn the ropes too.

The GPC wish to thank Soo for all her tireless work and commitment to The Association whilst being Secretary and I am sure you will all wish to join with me to say our thoughts will be with her over the next few weeks and months and we all wish her well.

Best wishes

Angela Colbridge

Chair for The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.

A downloadable copy of the Handbook for students coming to the AGWSD Summer School 2019 is now available on the WIP. Students will receive a printed copy of the Handbook in their Welcome Pack when they arrive at Askham Bryan. However, you are able to view and download it now by clicking this link:

Summer School 2019

The Draft Minutes of the 2019 AGM are now available to view from this link:

AGM 2019

Survey Of All members, from all guilds is now live. This Survey can be completed online from this link: Survey

For those members who are unable to complete online the PDF version is available here: Survey_AGWSD_Development which can be printed and can then be returned either via Guild secretaries or by post to the AGWSD Secretary directly.

The findings of this survey will be used by the GPC to inform future planning. Please share the link with members. Thank you.

Residential and non-residential
weekend event at the
Guilds Gathering
University of Worcester

19-21 June 2020
Keynote speakers, practical
sessions demonstrations, talks
Saturday evening dinner

Details will be added as they become available at the following page:

Colour – The Full Spectrum

Our 2020 National Exhibition will be held from 5th – 20th September at Leigh Spinners Mill in Lancashire.

Information, timeline and entry criteria can be found  on the WIP by clicking here.

Papers for the 2019 AGM are now available for download on the WIP

Click here: Papers

The AGWSD Speakers’ List has been updated for 2019.

You can find it on the WIP, section 8.

Speakers’ List

Warmest Greeting to all Spinners, Weavers and Dyers…. in fact everyone who loves yarns and fibres.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a Creative New Year

Please find a letter to all members of all guilds from the Chair of the Association by clicking on the link below:

Chair’s letter to all members December 2018