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.

THE SHUTTLE, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners & Dyers quarterly magazine. March 2020 issue.

The June Young Trophy

2020 Winner Announced

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!

Lockdown Projects :-)

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 & Workshop Cancelled - A note from our Chairman

March 17, 2020

Dear Members,

As you all know these are extraordinary times. 

We have decided to cancel the April and May meetings including the April workshop.  As far as what happens after that, we will review the situation as things change. 

I know we all have huge stashes that maybe we can start to make an inroad into with all the spare time we’ll have.

Please keep an eye on the
Facebook page and the website as we hope to use them for everyone to share their activities.

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.