The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
2017 Programme

The London Guild normally meets on the second Saturday of each month in the basement of St Stephen’s House, 48 Emperor’s Gate, London SW7.

Meetings usually have an external speaker, and we are fortunate to attract a high calibre of speakers who normally illustrate their talks with slides and bring along samples of their work or textiles collected on their travels. There is a small attendance fee to cover speakers’ fees and the cost of the hall, currently £3.50 for members, free for students, £7.00 for other guests.

Unless otherwise noted below, all meetings start with a ‘Show and Tell’ at 2:00pm, followed by Notices and the speaker begins at 2:30 pm (doors open between 1:00 and 1:30 pm). Stash Sales at each meeting allow members to dispose of (and acquire) yarns and equipment.

There are also four Special Interest Groups, on spinning, weaving, dyeing and tapestry which meet in the mornings on a quarterly basis and are listed below.

January 14th 2017, 2:30pm

Imperial Purple to Denim Blue: The Colourful History of Textiles – Dr Susan Kay-Williams

The story of dyes, how they were used through to the 19th century, and the social history of colour. 

February 11th 2017, 2:30pm

Carried Away: Handwoven Wraps for Carrying Babies and Children – Kathleen Groves

One of our members talks about making handwoven carrying wraps for babies and children

Weaving and Spinning Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am

March 11th 2017, 2:30pm

AGM plus Travellers’ Tales

Members talk about textile experiences on their travels

Dyeing and Tapestry Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am

April 8th 2017, 2:30pm

History of Knitting, 1800 – 1945 – Joyce Meader

Joyce’s collection of historic commercial knitting patterns have been used to recreate items such as military clothing for re-enactors and museums, and in sessions of reminiscence therapy.

May 13th 2017, 2:30pm

Tapestry: A Tale of Wellbeing in Texture and Colour – Louise Oppenheimer

Louise explains her attempts to celebrate the natural world in colour, form, and texture, and her belief in the power of wellbeing to be found in hand weaving

Weaving and Spinning Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am

June 10th 2017, 2:30pm

Curating the Fabric of India Exhibition – Rosemary Crill

Rosemary discusses her approach to creating the V&A’s recent major exhibition, with many striking views of the show and its contents.

Plus sale of members’ work

Dyeing and Tapestry Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am

July 8th 2017, 2:30pm

The Eri Silk Artisans of North-East India – Anna-Louise Meynell

Presents the creative process of this little known  ‘peace silk’ from cocoon to cloth, and the culture of the Khasi people of Meghalaya.

August 12th 2017, 2:30pm

Ask the Panel

Guild members share their knowledge of the crafts they work in.

Weaving and Spinning Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am

September 9th 2017, 2:30pm

Eco-Ethics and Yarn Choices – Wendy Morris

A look at some of the ecological and socio-economic considerations involved in the cultivation and processing of different yarns and fibres

Dyeing and Tapestry Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am 

October 21st 2017, 2:30pm

Why am I Doing This? – Catherine Walter

Catherine explains her project to weave one small “tapestry” every day throughout 2016, and what she has learned from this exercise.

November 11th 2017, 2:30pm

The Lost Madder Recipe of Norwich – Susan Dye and Hannah Sabberton

The madder dyeing heritage of Norwich and the search to recreate Norwich Red, an important dye process for achieving identical shades on silk and wool.

Plus sale of members’ work

Weaving and Spinning Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am

December 9th 2017, 2:30pm

Guild Christmas Party and Annual Competitions

Dyeing and Tapestry Special Interest Groups meet beforehand at 11:00am 

Special Interest Groups

  • Spinning Interest Group x 4 per year – February, May, August and November
  • Weaving Interest Group x 4 per year – February, May, August and November
  • Dyeing Interest Group x 4 per year – March, June, September, December
  • Tapestry Interest Group x 4 per year – March, June, September, December

The above groups start at 11:00am on the Saturday mornings preceding the afternoon Guild meetings.  Please refer to the ‘Special Interest’ pages under ‘Guild Events’ for further information.

Download the 2017 Programme