Our next Guild meeting will be on

Saturday 20th July 2019


How I wove my wedding dress

Speaker: Louise Cottey

Our speaker this month will be Louise Cottey, Louise grew up in Somerset, and the colours, textures and patterns that she sees around her all influence her work. She is primarily a hand weaver, winding the warp, threading the heddles, throwing the shuttles and fulling the fabric herself. The yarn she chooses to work with often comes from the West Country, and she has a wonderful variety of wools, alpaca and hemp from local mills and farms to work with. Louise creates collections of scarves, wraps and throws, each piece being unique and with its own story to tell. Not many weavers weave the fabric for their own wedding dresses, and it is this story that Louise will tell us at our next meeting.

Louise is also running a workshop for us on Sunday 21 July - Creating texture in weaving with finger manipulated techniques. There are still a couple of places available, so if you are interested in joining us, please contact Jenny at jennyspins2@gmail.com.

The Gloucestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is affiliated to the national Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (www.wsd.org.uk).

Monthly meetings (January to November) are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Norton Village Hall (GL2 9LJ).  The programme of events consists of a variety of speakers and workshops related to our crafts.

During the morning the hall is open from 10am for members and guests to join in a spinning/weaving session during which people can chat and exchange information and techniques over a cup of coffee. Guild meetings then follow at 1.45pm, before our guest speaker is introduced at 2pm. Our meetings end at 4pm. 

The aim of the guild is to promote the art of weaving, spinning and dyeing.  To support this, an independent workshop is run by a guild member twice a month on the Wednesday following the monthly meeting and again two weeks later, during which tuition and support is offered to those who attend, no matter their level of ability.  Many existing and new guild members attend these workshops.

The guild also gives demonstrations at a number of events throughout the year.

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