Guild News – see below for members gallery.

Fleeces for sale – see Members section

Several of our members are having difficulties finding homes for their fleeces due to lockdown. Many of the wool fairs are cancelled - so why not help them out and buy a fleece at very good prices. See members area. jstrangeways@hotmail.com…

Members send us pictures of your work in lockdown

Why not spin a skein and send us a picture for our website. You can send them to gaynorgilbert6@gmail.com. Or maybe a woven item just completed.  See below news for the first pictures in.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

A Committee meeting was held to discuss a members survey and Covid-19 guidelines. A considerable amount of research has taken place including several site visits to Ringmer Village Hall and other establishments to see how the big companies…

AGWSD SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 IS NOW TAKING PLACE!

  EXCITING NEWS OF THE AGWSD SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 AVAILABLE TO GUILD MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF THE AGWSD Writtle University College, near Chelmsford, Essex 15th - 22nd August 2021 The brochure and all the forms are available to download…

Summer School 2019 Video now out

A video featuring snapshots of Summer School 2019, 'A Textile Heritage', is now available on the Association YouTube channel, providing an opportunity for those who didn't make it in person to see a little of summer school, and a reminder for…

Mary Barker Trophy 1C.

1C Mary Barker Trophy, finished skein

Mary Barker Trophy.

1B ‘This is my Mary Barker Competition. I carded offccuts of yarn from my Sister (skein ties or bits of left over fragments from projects) with some Romney fleece. I tried with both long and short lengths’.

MARY BARKER TROPHY 1.

1 Showing preparation, carding and rolags

MARY BARKER 2

Shetland lace stole Sue Petrie completed recently.

Sue Petrie stole

Sue washed and combed the locks of grey Shetland fleece and then carded the fleece with small quantities of Mulberry silk. She repeated this with a smaller quantity of white Shetland fleece. She then spun the rolags as singles semi worsted to keep the definition for lace knitting. The stole was knitted back and forth In single ply yarn on circular needles in a lace pattern with over 300 stitches on. Once washed and blocked she was amazed and pleased at the size as when it was still on the needles it looked like a chewed up rag. It reveals the range of tones of grey in a single Shetland fleece.

Sue Petrie's lovely stole.

Shawl

Sue Petrie Stole grey and white Shetland carded with Mulberryd white Shetland

Sue Petrie

Sue Petrie’s handspun Shetland dyed with local lichens

MARY BARKER TROPHY 3

My contribution is a shoulder bag woven with my cut-up 1970s kitchen curtains (fabric shown tucked in to the handle) and the lanyard from the “Simply Special” Summer School where I learned some techniques of weaving with rags. It was woven on a table loom with the handles inkle woven. It is lined with an off cut of other fabric and has 2 internal pockets held closed with magnets and also a clip for a key ring.

Gaynor Lamb online spinning challenge. Two stage ply.

Gaynor Lamb online spinning challenge.

Two stage ply.
Gaynor Lamb online spinning challenge
Gaynor Lamb online Guild challenge – two stage ply.

Julia Desch dyeing with Madder and Cochineal overdyed silver grey

Julia Desch dyeing with Madder and Cochineal overdyed silver grey

Julia Desch, beautiful dyeing. Madder and Cochineal overdyed sil

Trudy

Trudy

Beautiful work by Trudy shown to members 2020

Gina made this quilt using a 'jelly roll' and some harbour pictures. She found the style on the internet. It is part hand quilted and part machine quilted. She called it 'Seahaven'. I am sure everyone will agree that it is a lovely use of colour and quilting techniques.

Beautiful quilting techniques by Gina

Beautiful quilt by Gina who made this quilt using a ‘jelly roll’ and some harbour pictures. She found the style on the internet. It is part hand and part machine quilted. She called it ‘Seahaven’. I am sure everyone will agree with me that it’s a lovely use of colour and the quilting techniques. GL(web ed.)