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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NEWS • NEWS • NEWS

MAY

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SATURDAY 7th May
St.Mary's Church Hall, Greenham.

10:30am - 5pm


The Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Speaker: Paul Henry Kilts.  Bespoke kilt maker Paul Henry will be telling us all about his traditionally made kilts. 
Once upon a time the wearing of  kilts was seen as almost exclusively as Scottish, those days have passed, and now kilt wearers are found all over the world from lots of nationalities.

 

Today anyone can wear a kilt, in almost any pattern or tartan, there are virtually no restrictions. There are thousands of tartans to choose from, hundreds of tweeds and probably millions of other fabrics which would make wonderful kilts.

THE KENNET VALLEY GUILD SHUTTLE

 

NEW! The March 2022 Shuttle is ready and waiting for your perusal.

Find out about Distaff Spinning, the Ann Sutton exhibition, Fair Isle colour blending, Ruth's special day,
Exhibition Inspirations and much more.

As always, a massive thank you to Lynne for her hard work and dedication to keeping us all fully informed.

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.

Trophy Winners

Congratulations to all of our trophy winners.

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JUNE YOUNG TROPHY 2022
 

The June Young Trophy was awarded to Jennifer (left) and Lynne (right) for their outstanding work in making the Kennet Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Exhibition at the West Berkshire Museum in 2021 a huge success.

Their hard work and dedication is very much appreciated by all of the Guild Members. Congratulations to both of you from all of us!

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RUTH'S CELEBRATION

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At our Saturday 5th February meeting, a good time was had by all when KV Guild life member, Ruth Saunders MBE, came to tell us all about her day at the palace, when she received an MBE from Princess Anne.

Ruth was 104 when she completed 26.2 miles over a series of walks in November 2020, raising £50,000 for
Thames Valley Air Ambulance.


Congratulations Ruth, you are an inspiration!

EXHIBITION 2023
 

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.

JOIN THE KENNET VALLEY GUILD

If you're interested in joining the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers you can come along to two meetings before we ask you to sign up. 
All membership enquiries should be addressed to kvgtreasurer1@gmail.com

WHITCHURCH SILK MILL

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/

Zoom Chat Links - a rich resource of info!

For everyone who would like to follow up on our discussions and the shared resources that emerge at our Zoom Meetings - enjoy perusing these links. The subject matter is diverse and reflects the interesting conversations we have.

Guild member, Pat Foster has launched her new web site which we thoroughly recommend you take some time to enjoy.
Pat recently published The Draft Book by Jeremiah Fielding 1775 (edited by Pat, and Guild Members, Janet Dunbar and Lynne Harper). Many of our Guild members wove the samples that feature throughout the book. If you're interested in history and weaving it's a must for your book shelf. Pat invites anyone who chooses to weave any of the drafts to send her photos of the process and finished piece.
The book is proving to be enormously popular here in the UK and in the USA.
You can order a copy on Pat's web site.
https://www.patfosterweaverdyer.com/

Lockdown Projects :-)

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

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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.

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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.

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Exhibition 2021

Coming Soon! An overview of the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, Summer Exhibition at the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury. Our theme; I must go down to the seas again

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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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Exhibition

Knitted sheep from the exhibition.