Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Promoting traditional textile crafts across Dorset

Association Update:



UPDATE February 2014 


Don’t forget the National Exhibition 15th May-12th June 2014.

Yarns in the Cathedral at Norwich Cathedral. For more info see our web page,

If you want to submit work the closing date is 7.3.12 and the entry form is below.

The documents below have already been sent to Guild Secretaries.

Entry form 2014.pdf Guild information December 2013.pdf

Conference News . . . Conference News . . . Conference News . . .

Due to a huge demand for places at this year’s Conference, members wishing to attend and who have not already done so, are strongly urged to return their booking forms, (complete with full payment) as early as possible, currently only 19 rooms remain available. In response to such a demand, it has been decided to introduce three special day rates, to cater for members who are unable to attend the full Conference.

These are as follows: Friday Lecture only – £10.00, Lecture + evening meal – £25.00

Saturday Lecture only – £10.00

Sunday 2 x lecture + lunch + refreshments

The above can be booked by sending a cheque, made payable to AGWSD Conference, to Jane White, 31 Whitemore Rd, Middlewich, Cheshire. CW10 0DY. Applications should include a written indication of which day you wish to attend, along with an A5 S.A.E.

Other Exhibitions you can submit work to if interested to, the forms are below

Artist Books 

Exhibition runs from 29 November 2014 – end January 2015

Deadline for submissions: 10.00am Friday 17 October 2014 

Submissions to: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ 


Exhibition runs from 30 October 2014 – end January 2015

Deadline for submissions: 10.00am Friday 5 September 2014 

Exhibition runs 23 January – 13 April 2014

Submissions to: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ 

Make & Create 

Exhibition runs from 31 May – 19 July 2014

Deadline for submissions: 10.00am Friday 28 March 2014 

Submissions to: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ 

The New Georgians 

Exhibition Runs 3 May – 27 July 2014

Deadline for submissions: 10.00am Friday 14 March 2014 

Submissions to: The New Georgians, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ 


Calendar 2015—-reminder deadline is April 20th 

The time has come to sort through your photographs with a view to submitting them to be

considered for the 2015 AGWSD calendar. New submissions will be welcomed, to a

maximum of four from any one Guild member.

As in previous years, photographs can cover any aspects of our crafts, such as examples

or details of your own work, guild activities, animals whose fibres you spin or plants used

for fibre or dyes, crafts or craftsmen from other countries and so on.

NB All photographs must be in landscape format, and should be accompanied by the

name and contact details of the photographer, their guild, and a short description of the

subject of the image, and the techniques and materials used. If the submission is of

somebody else’s work, you must obtain the permission of the maker first.

Digital photographs should have a resolution of at least 200 ppi. in order to print satisfactorily.

These should be sent to

Good quality prints or slides should be sent to Hilary Turner, 37 Blundellsands Road East,

Liverpool L23 8UJ.

If you wish to have the photograph returned to you, please include a stamped addressed


The deadline for submissions is April 20th.

If you are in any doubt about picture resolution this website might clarify matters.

Things to do this year 

Unravel – festival of knitting. Not strictly our craft but may be of interest see link to their website

Dates 21st to 23rd February.

Forty Hall and Estate is a heritage attraction owned by Enfield Council. The Hall is a Grade 1 listed building dating from 1629. We offer a programme of educational and cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year based on art, ecology and heritage.

We are holding a family event on Sunday 13th July. This will be focused on traditional crafts, particularly those which are becoming rare. There will be workshops, demonstrations, craft stalls and musical entertainment.

We would like to have a demonstration of skills such as yours in our courtyard. Is this something any of your members would be interested in?

This request has been forwarded from the London guild who are unfortunately unable to participate as a guild but if any individual guild members wish to volunteer please contact

Helen Hamlyn,Arts Projects, Events and Displays Officer,Cultural Services,0208 379 1473,07901 333302, Forty Hall & Estate,

Forty Hill, Middlesex, Enfield, EN2 9HA, 0208 379 1470

Spring workshops and exhibitions at the Devon Guild


Narrative Remains – an exhibition about words and making 

Saturday 18 January – Sunday 23 March

Narrative Remains presents work by a group of makers who are inspired by stories, poems, prose or quotes. The exhibition explores the different ways objects represent words or bring them to life and how an artists’ imagination can speak through the craft they create. Work on show includes installations, photography, print, collage, enamel, ceramics and textiles.

Launch: 17 January, 6-8pm. Wine, nibbles, dining. Opened by Kay Dunbar (Director,Ways With Words Festival) Book for evening dining: 01626 831959

Free entry. Open 7 days a week 10am – 5.30pm 01626 832223

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

Shadow puppet making with The Clockwork Moth, Saturday 22 March 1- 4pm

Free, drop-in workshop, make a puppet in the shape of a letter which will feature in a short film. No need to book. Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

Shakespearian talk & meal, Thursday 20 March 6.30 & 8pm, The Terrace Cafe 

After a delicious, Elizabethan-themed evening meal at the Devon Guild (6.30pm), Amelia Marriette will give an after-dinner illustrated talk on Shakespeare Today: Exploring Shakespeare’s Cultural Legacy (8pm). The event is part of the ‘SHAKESPEARE 450’ Anniversary celebrations and compliments the current Guild exhibition about words and making, Narrative Remains. (Price £25, please book in advance on 01626 832223)

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

Other Exhibitions and items of interest 

There will be a Weekend Spinning Retreat led by Anne Campbell at Plas Tan y Bwlch (Snowdonia National Park Study Centre) 21-23 March 2014. This is a residential weekend (though non-residential option available).

Further information from Plas Tan y Bwlch: 01766 772600 Call for Entries – Made by Hand The Contemporary Craft Fair 31 October – 2 November, City Hall, Cardiff Makers of the highest quality from the UK and Ireland are invited to apply to the largest and finest contemporary craft fair in Wales. Please apply if you are a maker of ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, silver, wood, furniture, metal, stone, mosaic, printmaking, paper, plastics, leather, mixed media, recycled & fashion. Deadline 6pm March 7th 2014 Applications are available from by emailing  



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