Who we are and what we do

The Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers was formed in 1977 when Jan and John Shales 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!

Recent Events

Guild members were recently treated to a wonderful, informative and creatively inspiring talk by Felicity Ford from KNITSONIK.
Find out more by clicking this link.

Upcoming Events

December Guild Meeting

December 07, 2019

Come along to the December meeting of the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers to have a look at what we do. Meet the weavers, spinners & dyers. Learn a traditional skill amongst new friends.

10.00 to 16.30 hours

St Mary the Virgin Church Hall

New Road


RG19 8RZ


10.00 -13.00  - Social time

13.00 -13.30  - Guild business meeting

14.00 -15.00  - Talk by an invited speaker


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.

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.