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. Our members cover an enormous range of textile skills, with experience ranging from beginners to experts. We have recently celebrated our 40th Anniversary!

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Next Meeting


SATURDAY 1st October 2022
St.Mary's Church Hall, Greenham.

10:00am - 5.00pm

Our afternoon speaker is, Delia Salter: Textile narratives from a northern land: Iceland

Delia Salter gained a Masters Degree from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in 2018.  Her current textile work, in knitting, felting and natural dyes, references the North and is called Knitting the North.  Work relates to locations where she has spent time recently connecting to landscape and myth (Iceland) and family heritage (Shetland).  Also, large knitted works made with naturally–dyed yarns celebrate the unique characteristics of plants that produce colour.



The June 2022 Shuttle is ready and waiting for your perusal.

If you would like a printed version the Shuttle, please click the button below and print directly from the file or ask a friend or family member to help you.


If you're interested in joining the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers you can come along to two meetings FOC
before we ask you to sign up. We offer single and family memberships with concessions for senior citizens.

All membership enquiries should be addressed to kvgtreasurer1@gmail.com


Exciting news! Our theme is 'Circles & Spheres - An Exploration'.  The exhibition will be held at West Berkshire Museum.
Now we can really get creative! Let your imaginations go wild!  We'll be setting up some workshops that will link to the theme during 2022, which will give us an opportunity to create exhibits together. More news on these in 2022.


Visit Whitchurch Silk Mill, Shop and Café.
The Mill (Tue-Sun & Bank Holidays) 10:30am - 5pm
Riverside Café (Tue-Sun)10:30am - 4:30pm

Find out more about the mill on their web site https://whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk/


From Fleece to Pleats

Paul Henry, Kilt Maker extraordinaire entertained us with tales of tartan through history and in his workshop where he makes bespoke hand made kilts for clients across the globe.


Sue Hiley Harris

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.


Silk Dyeing

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

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Straw Plaiting 

Samples shown at a talk on Straw Plaiting

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