The Buckinghamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is one of the founding guilds of the Association of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and was formed in 1954 to promote, share and enjoy our three crafts.

Following the formation of a new committee (April 2018) and a large influx of new members, guild events will now be held on the 3rd Sunday of each month (11.00am – 4.00pm) at the following location:-

NEW LOCATION: Haddenham Village Hall, Churchway – Near Banks Park, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8EE

Our meetings will consist of an outside speaker relating to one of our three crafts, or a members’ meeting where we show our work, and exchange our own knowledge and experience. There will also be the occasional workshop.

The current cost for annual membership is £20.00 (up to and including December 2019) with no additional charge for members attending meetings. Non-members are charged £5.00 each per meeting whether it be all day or for just part of the day. Membership is open to anyone who shares our interest in the textile crafts. No experience necessary.

If you have an interest in spinning, weaving and dyeing and/or would like to know more about the guild’s activities, please don’t hesitate to contact the Guild Secretary at the email address given in the top right hand corner of the screen.

TIME/FORMAT:     11.00am – 4.00pm  (as below)
11.00am – 1.00pm (General meeting – bring your crafts and chat)
1.00pm – 1.45pm (Informal lunch)
1.45pm – 2.00pm Chairperson’s announcements
2.00pm – 4.00pm (Speaker)

If attending the afternoon session (which starts from 2.00pm, we would be grateful if you could arrive from 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start, after the announcements from the Chair from 1.45pm.

FACILITIES:             Free Parking.  The new one way entrance to the parking is from Banks Road (for those of you with satnav, check as it could send you down Crossways!).

VISITOR COST:       £5.00 per visitor, per meeting (£0.50 per cup for tea/coffee)

GUILD ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMME  (SUNDAYS)

Various competitions will run throughout the year, one of which will be a specific craft competition for each of the four quarters – 1 – Spinning, 2 – Weaving, 3 – Dyeing and 4 – Christmas themed.  The aim being to help members/visitors  think about our crafts in a new way, see what others do and generally get everyone inspired! There is no obligation to take part in any of these – but we’d love your input and ideas on them.

ASSOCIATED LINKS – VENUE/SPEAKERS/ACTIVITY

Haddenham Village Hall website:   http://bucksvoice.net/haddenham-vh/

November Barbara Shaw (18/11/2018) www.artintextiles.co.uk/gallery_category/barbara-shaw/

December Christmas Crafts Event-Meeting / Party (16/12/2018) Contact Guild Secretary for more details

January Alison Ellen (20/01/2019) – “Fibres, Materials and Stitches” presentation alisonellenhandknits.co.uk/

February Hillview Farm (Exernal visit 17/02/2019) http://hillviewmoments.com/

March Teresinha Roberts (17/03/2019) “Plant Fibres from Nettles to Soy” presentation  http://www.wildcolours.co.uk/

April In house (21/04/2019)
May Helen Munday “from Sketchbook to finished Article” (19/05/2019) From 12 noon
June “Brinkley Loom Weaving” workshop with Jane Meredith. (16/06/2019)  http://plantdyedwool.co.uk/our-story/ Plus Show and Tell
July Spinning or Weaving with Freya Barcock-Jones (21/07/2019) (Chair of the Buckinghamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers) http://www.instagram.com/p/BpM2vPwFTDE/
September Sue Stratford “The Stages of writing a book”  (15/09/2019) http://www.suestratford.co.uk/blog
October Romily Swann “Colourful Skeins” (20/10/2019)
http://ancientmusic.co.uk/thehistorypeople/about_us.html
November Dr Ian Bowers. “Extracting and Dyeing with Indigo, the myths and pitfalls” (17/11/2019), Managing Director of George Weil & Sons Ltd.  http://www.georgeweil.com/home
December Christmas Meeting / Party (15/12/2019)

Date Events
21 October 2018 Wendy Morris speaking about "The Dreaded "S" Word, Some Tricks For Sampling".Wendy will be talking to the Buckinghamshire Guild on “The Dreaded ‘S’ Word: Some tips and tricks for sampling”. She will be looking very practically at ways in which weavers can sample effectively, efficiently, and creatively. In addition to her talk she will be bringing two looms for a practical demonstration and playtime to round off the session.
18 November 2018 Barbara Shaw - Textile Artist (See website link above)
16 December 2018 Christmas Meeting / Party
20 January 2019 AGM - followed by Alison Ellen ""Fibres, Materials and Stitches" presentation, an internationally regarded knitwear designer (See website link above)
17 February 2019 Natasha Seidel - Off site Presentation on Blue Faced Leicester sheep/Tour at Hillview Farm, Hill View, Lee Road, Saunderton Lee, HP27 9NU (See Website link above)
17 March 2019 Teresinha Roberts talking about "Wild Colours" Plant Fibres From Nettles To Soy. (See Website link above)
21 April 2019 TBC
19 May 2019 Nb: Meeting will be 12.30pm - 4.00pm Presentation/workshop by Helen Munday (Guild member) Helen Munday will be talking to us about her sketchbooks and journey from inspiration to finished item. She will also bring material with her so that we can all try out various sketchbook techniques.
16 June 2019 Brinkley Loom weaving
21 July 2019 Freya Barcock-Jones (TBC Spin or Weave)
15 September 2019 Sue Stratford. “The Stages of writing a book”
20 October 2019 Romilly Swann. "Colourful Skeins"
17 November 2019 Dr Ian Bowers. “Extracting and Dyeing with Indigo, the myths and pitfalls” Doctor Ian Bowers, Managing Director of George Weil & Sons Ltd
15 December 2019 Christmas Meeting / Party