Weaving Threads

Welcome to the Kent Guild of

Spinners Dyers and Weavers

Exploring fibre crafts old and new



A Bit of Background

The Kent Guild of Spinners Dyers and Weavers is a friendly bunch of creators of all things fibre. Spinners, weavers and dyers of all ages and abilities, together with knitters, crochet-makers, felters, and much more.

We meet on the last Saturday of every month save December, from 10:30 till 3.

See our programme for more information.

Wreath by Annie



Kent Guild of Spinners Dyers and Weavers is a very busy group of creators who are there for each other, and for anyone interested in creative fibre crafts. Although we focus on the traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing, we've had talks, demos and courses which included making clay buttons, needlefelting, and information on the Bayeux Tapestry. We've had representatives from suppliers, and lots of shows of our own creations - wearable, hangable and otherwise.


Show and Tell

This is usually at the beginning of the year and is a great chance to see what our colleagues are doing, and find out a little more of how things are, or could be, done.


OPEN DAY 2021 may be VIRTUAL

(we'll see)

Traditionally in July, our Open Day is a great time to find out what we are about. Come in, chat with the makers, buy from the stalls, take part in the raffle, and ask us lots of questions. We hope you will ultimately join us, but we are very happy to see folk who are just curious about what we do. This year, hopefully.

In the meantime, do take a look at our new Gallery.

Swans by Danny


Monthly Meeting Programme 2021

Outline of the year's programme
CURRENTLY ON ZOOM (till June???)

January 30

Saturday Members' Meeting via Zoom


We have business and chat at 1.30 -  2:30pm. Please see Janet's email.

Note: Presentation is at 8:30pm because our speaker is from New Zealand!

Suzy Brown, a talk on lock spun and core spun spinning
No, it is not a typo, due to the time differences between here and New
Zealand the talk is in the evening.

Suzy Brown's website

February 27

Saturday Members' Meeting on Zoom

Live from NZ


Annette of Twisted Sisters speaking and demonstrating art yarns. 8:30 as last month

1.30 - 2.30pm for business and chat.

Please see Janet's email as usual.

March 27

Saturday AGM

Members' Meeting VIA ZOOM

AGM 11am.

 4 pm Evanita Montalvo, from USA textile photography award winner.

Evanita's website

April 24

Saturday Members' Meeting via ZOOM

Zoom meeting
1:30 pm Louise Cottey, Weaving a wedding dress etc.

May 29

Saturday Members' Meeting via ZOOM


1.30 - 2.30 Business and chat


Mel Sweetnam of Mamie's Schoolhouse will give an illustrated talk on Plant Derived Mordants.

A version of this presentation was originally given at the Biodyes Interface Conference on 21 Oct 2020 via the virtual world of Virbela.

Mel's website

June 26

Saturday Members' Meeting

Dependent in part upon social restrictions from the pandemic.

July 31

REAL or VIRTUAL OPEN DAY (in planning)

Dyeing Day – demonstrations by members
To be arranged. Dependent in part upon social restrictions from the pandemic.

August 28

Saturday Members' Meeting and Picnic

To be arranged. Dependent in part upon social restrictions from the pandemic.

The Guild's BIG PICNIC - bring n eat it lunch! If Covid prevention rules are in force, not so much a 'déjeuner sur l'herbe' as 'sur tarmac'. Socially-distanced, naturally. Please see the Events Gallery from 2020.

September 25

Saturday Members' Meeting

To be arranged. Dependent in part upon social restrictions from the pandemic. Hopefully, Rosemary Stowe - Standing wool rugs, at 2pm.

October 30

(Normally Vic Edwards Day)

All day from 11am

Di Buttershaw, felt workshop

Dependent in part upon social restrictions from the pandemic.

November 27

Saturday Members' Meeting

Fashion show with bring n share (contribution) lunch.


Note: No meeting in December


"In the tapestry of life, we're all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together."

Anita Moorjani

Weaving by Carole Leonard. A piece depicting the beauty of nature marred by our throwaway activities. The Beach


Upcoming Events

  • Kent County Show 2021
    Sat, 03 Jul
    Postponed event this year
    03 Jul, 09:00 – 04 Jul, 15:00
    Postponed event this year
    One of our main outreach events POSTPONED AGAIN THIS YEAR :-(
  • Guild Day depending on availability of hall
    Sat, 31 Jul
    Challock Village Hall
    31 Jul, 10:30 – 15:30 BST
    Challock Village Hall, Blind Ln, Challock TN25 4AU, UK
  • Kent Guild's Big Picnic 2021
    Sat, 28 Aug
    Challock Village Hall OR Privately TBD
    28 Aug, 10:30 – 15:30
    Challock Village Hall OR Privately TBD, Blind Ln, Challock TN25 4AU, UK
    Let's hope the nasty virus is subdued by then. This will be going ahead, subject to the improving situation. We may be on a private farm rather than the Village Hall. More later. All the best, everyone. More later when the way is clearer to see.
  • November 2021 Contribution Lunch with Fashion Show
    27 Nov, 10:30 – 14:30
    Challock Village Hall, Blind Ln, Challock TN25 4AU, UK
    Early Christmas party?

Kent Guild of Spinners Dyers and Weavers

Challock Village Hall, Blind Lane, Challock, Ashford, Kent

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