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 right through 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.

Recent Events

At the January Guild meeting, a number of our members enjoyed a series of mini-workshops which included Bobbin Lace with Lynne Harper, Crochet with Stefanie Rachmann-Davies and Zwirnknopfe Ring Buttons with Chris Fletcher. Take a look at the gallery below to see some of the wonderful work that was produced.

THE SHUTTLE, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners & Dyers quarterly magazine. December 2109 issue.

Upcoming Events

February Guild Meeting

February 01, 2020

Come along to the February meeting of the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers on Saturday February 1st, to have a look at what we do. Meet the weavers, spinners & dyers. Learn a traditional skill amongst new friends or just bring your knitting or crochet along and spend some time with us.

10.00 to 16.30 hours

St Mary the Virgin Church Hall, New Road
, Greenham RG19 8RZ


10.00 -13.00  - Social time

13.00 -13.30  - Guild business meeting

13:30 - 14:00 - Show & Tell

14.00 -15.00  - Talk by an invited speaker


Our speaker for February is the talented sculptor and weaver Sue Hiley-Harris.
Sue is also associated with Crooked Window, you can see her Woven and Drawn exhibition brochure on their web site.



Workshop venues and timetables vary and are announced for each workshop.

​If you would like to inquire about a course or workshop or book into one, please contact Lesley Dunn, Courses and Workshop Secretary via this link.

Workshops are available to non-members but a place needs to be booked subject to availabilty.

A workshop date may not coincide with a Guild meeting date.

PLEASE NOTE: Potential new members are invited to the Guild twice, FOC, before any commitment to join us.

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Recent Events
Silk Dyeing

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

Recent Events

Straw Plaiting 

Samples shown at a talk on Straw Plaiting

Recent Events


Felted sheep from the exhibition.