Who we are and what we do

The Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers was formed in 1977 when Jan and John Shailes got together with some friends in their sitting room to spin.

As time went on, more people came along, and the group decided to join Berkshire Guild. In 1979, the growing band, struggling to

get to Sonning for Guild meetings, took the plunge and formed their own Guild in Newbury, which has been in existence continuously since then.

We have 80+ members, who between them cover an enormous range of textile skills, with experience ranging from
beginners to experts.

We have just celebrated our 40th Anniversary!

We're now on FaceBook. Join our community and keep up to date with posts and comments.


Whitchurch Silk Mill has reopened so please spread the word and visit this fantastic heritage gem. There's a special exhibition of archive silks to wander around and the cafe is open for takeaway drinks and cakes. Sounds like a good day out! https://whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk/

THE SHUTTLE, June 2020 issue. Jam packed with Guild Members' experiences in lock down, and much more. This edition is a wonderful read.  Enjoy!

NEW!  Industry veteran John Parkinson’s new venture, iinouiio, is breathing life into the Yorkshire textile industry with a new range of recycled woollen yarns and fabrics, the first of its kind to be produced in the UK for more than twenty years!

The June Young Trophy

2020 Winner Announced

Lockdown Projects :-)

If you would like to join the meeting, contact kvgwebmaster@gmail.com

What does a Kennet Valley Guild member do when we're all locked down? Get busy!

Take a look through these projects and be inspired to weave, knit, crochet, spin, make tapestries and so much more...

Upcoming Events

Guild Meetings Cancelled - A note from our Chairman

May 31, 2020

Dear Members,

The extraordinary times continue and I hope you are all well. 

We have decided to cancel all meetings for the forseeable future.  But we are embracing a new way to communicate with you - ZOOM! Look out for membership emails for an overview of the meeting sessions and how to get involved.

Please keep an eye on the Facebook page and the website as we hope to use them for everyone to share their activities. Photos are always welcome for the Facebook and web site gallery.

Stay safe and healthy


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Sue Hiley Harris

Our Speaker for February, Weaver, Spinner and Sculptor Sue Hiley-Harris, shared her creative journey from art school in Australia to contemporary working weaver and sculptor, based in the Brecon Beacons.

Silk Spinning Workshop

Sue Hiley-Harris recently hosted a silk spinning workshop in Newbury. Sue's silk spinning expertise enthralled the group and everyone enjoyed learning new techniques to experiment with at home.

Exhibition 2019

Coming Soon! An overview of the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, Summer Exhibtion at the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury. Our theme; If You Go Down To The Woods

Silk Dyeing

A Guild course on dyeing silk saw lots of techniques in action.

Straw Plaiting 

Samples shown at a talk on Straw Plaiting


Knitted sheep from the exhibition.