Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Promoting traditional textile crafts across Dorset

2021 Programme

After such a disrupted year we are planning to resume our in person meetings from June 26th.

Zoom meetings have been a relative success but we want to get back to members getting together face to face as soon as we can. We will be implementing recommended measures to reduce covid risk.

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.
June; Saturday 26th – fleece day, a chance to buy & sell fleece. Our sales table will also be running & there’ll be space to sit & spin.
July; Saturday 31st – Janet Philips, 50yrs in Weaving
Sales table
August; Saturday 21st – Crafting together: bring ongoing projects and textile activities
Norah Whittaker Hall Memorial Trophy – For any loom woven article.
Tapestry Weaving Competition – a recently introduced competition for any tapestry woven piece.
Sales table
September; Saturday 25th – “Open House” – come & meet us/try spinning weaving and dyeing.
Sales table
October; Saturday 30th – Talk by the Whitchurch Silk Mill
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
November; Saturday 27th – Financial update, Christmas get-together & Competition: Make a Christmas decoration
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 usually runs their stand at various events. This year the selection of events is limited, but we are taking part in…….
6th – 10th AugustDACA (dorset arts & crafts association) show
14th/15th August – Victorian fair at Nothe Fort in Weymouth
11th – 12th September: Demonstrating at the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival:
Other shows we usually demonstrate at are listed below for information:
Blandford Georgian Fayre
Cattistock Show
Buckham Fair
Bridport Folk Festival
Dorset Steam Fair
Dorset County Show
Kingston Maurward Lambing weekend
Chickerell Steam Fair
To enquire about any of these meetings or events, please contact us…

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