Tweed guild

Welcome to the Tweed Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers!

We are a group of people who meet on a regular basis to share the skills, learn new techniques and enjoy the experience of creating textile based items.

Q: Do I need equipment or skills?
A: No, all you need is an interest and some enthusiasm. We can help you to learn skills or develop your own, and we have some equipment which can be lent out to members at a small charge.

Q: What happens at a meeting?
A: If we are not taking part in one of the workshops, we bring our own craft work with us – spinning, tapestry weaving, knitting etc. We have a lunch break, followed by a Show and Tell session, with members showing what they have made, or sharing information about textile arts, followed by announcements. We continue with our work until the end of the meeting.

Q: When and where do the meetings take place?
A: The meetings usually take place 10 am – 4 pm on the fourth Saturday in the month at Bowden Village Hall – unless specified otherwise in the calendar (see below).

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Day visitors fee is £5, also if participating in a workshop £5 -£20 fee (chargeable by workshop) for non-members; or gain benefits by becoming a member – £15 per annum.

Q: Do I need to bring lunch?
A: Yes, bring a packed lunch. There is no food shop in Bowden, nearest shop is the Co-op in Newton St Boswells. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available – 20p.

Find Bowden Village Hall
By bus:
Buses 51/52 stop at Newton St Boswells. Leave the bus at the stop nearest the Scottish Borders Council headquarters. It is about a mile walk to Bowden (uphill), or contact the Secretary about a week before the meeting to organise someone to pick you up from the bus stop. Most of our members drive this direction to Bowden, so it is no problem to pick someone up on the way, and someone will give you a lift back after the meeting.
By car:
Bowden Village Hall is in Bowden, which is on the B6398 from Newton St Boswells. If you are coming from Newton St Boswells, it’s only a couple of minutes drive to Bowden, and the Village Hall is in the centre of the village, on the right. There is plenty of on-street parking outside the hall.



Meetings location

Bowden Village Hall

Meetings time

Fourth Saturday in the month 10am-4pm unless otherwise stated
Date Events
16 May 2023 Border Union Show Agricultural Association Schools' Countryside Day
27 May 2023 Wool combing for wonderful worsted yarns- Eleanor Lusby , £5
24 June 2023 Tapestry Weaving Workshop- Eta Wingham Lawrie, £ 25
23 July 2023 Jennie Howe's suppliers day and art yarn workshop, £30 ( 12 max)
29 July 2023 28th and 29th July - Border Union Show, Kelso. Volunteers needed
26 August 2023 DYOT day and de-stash sale
23 September 2023 Weaving with a rigid heddle loom, Janis Embleton, £10 (12 max)
28 October 2023 Pattern design for a fitted garment- Samira Hill, £15
25 November 2023 Christmas crafting and de-stash sale
16 December 2023 Christmas meeting, buffet lunch
27 January 2024 DYOT, finishing off and starting new projects!
24 February 2024 Follow up to introduction to working with leather-Danielle Ray, details to be confirmed
23 March 2024 DYOT and de-stash sale
27 April 2024 AGM and talk to be confirmed