Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Promoting traditional textile crafts across Dorset


Sadly we were unable to go ahead with 2020 Guild meetings as planned & there seems little prospect of holding any meetings in the near future! After a very successful skills day in January & a great talk from the rare breeds society in February we had to stop meetings due to covid. We are now trying some sessions on zoom in place of our usual meetings. Links will be emailed to members a day or two ahead. Guests are welcome to contact us using the contact form & request a link to join in.

The October meeting was replaced with a Zoom Show & Tell and we held a Q&A zoom session in November. 2021 started with a skills session in January with 2 short workshops on kumihimo braiding & drop spindling.

We will continue our meetings on zoom as long as we need to & hope to offer workshops & demos on Dorset buttons, Stick weaving, drum carding, Andean plying, feltmaking, pin loom weaving & much more! Do get in touch with suggestions.

The next meeting will take place on Saturday 27th February from 2-4pm

We will stick to mostly holding meetings on the last Saturday of the month, & hope to hold an AGM in May, which could well be by zoom.

Meetings planned for March to October 2020 were rescheduled to take place in 2021 in the same month. However it seems unlikely many of these will happen. The planned schedule for 2020 is left below as an example of typical guild meetings in happier times.

The hall opens from 10.30 for signing in, coffee and working in company. The sales table will only be available on the dates specified.

All speakers start at 13:30, unless otherwise stated.

All meetings are open to members and visitors alike.

Workshop details are subject to change.


Saturday 25th – skills day. A chance for all of us to brush up on some new skills. Use the contact form below for more details.

Sales table.


Saturday 29th – Rare breeds support group

Sales table


Saturday 28th – John Browning’s kites. Amazing kites made from natural materials with threads spun from flax, nettle & yucca.

Woodrow trophy – A competition for a piece of weaving or spinning open to any member who hasn’t won a prize before.

Sales table


Saturday 25th – Jane Rogers ‘Goats to Garments’

Sales table


Saturday 30th – Janet Philips ’50 years at the loom’

 Sales table


Saturday 27th – fleece day, a chance to buy & sell fleece


Saturday 1st – Whitchurch Silk Mill

Norah Whittaker Hall Memorial Trophy – For any loom woven article.

Tapestry Weaving Competition – a recently introduced competition for any tapestry woven piece.


Saturday 26th – open day. The guild will be opening it’s doors to the public and demonstrating their skills

Sales table


Saturday 31st – Nepalese Nettle Trust

The Brenda Deakin Memorial Trophy for an item made from handspun yarn, and the Fortescue competition for a 1oz (25g) skein of handspun yarn.

Sales table


Saturday 28th – AGM followed by shared lunch and the Rendall trophy competition

Please refrain from craft working (e.g. knitting, spinning etc) during afternoon speakers as it can be distracting for some of our members.

Demonstrations / Events

As well as the guild meetings in Dorchester, the guild expects to be running their stand at the following events:

Blandford Georgian Fayre

DACA annual exhibition

Cattistock Show

Buckham Fair

Bridport Folk Festival

Dorset Steam Fair

Dorset County Show

Sturminster Cheese festival

Kingston Maurward Lambing weekend

Chickerell Steam Fair

Nothe Fort Victorian re-enactment weekend

To enquire about any of these meetings or events, please contact us…

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