Somerset Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers


Meetings begin at 10.30am at Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall and usually consist of an informal morning, where members bring along their spinning wheels, portable looms or knitting. This is an opportunity to socialise, exchange tips and ideas and share skills. Tea and coffee is available during the day for a small fee. After lunch, at approximately 1.30 pm, we have a speaker whose talk may be on a subject other than just our three crafts. Some of our meetings are ‘skills days’ where members are invited to demonstrate their own particular specialisms and expertise to small groups. We also have full day workshops separate from Guild meetings programmed throughout the year.

Programme 2018

20th January

The Journey of a Feltmaker

Jill Benton

AGM 11.00am

Chairperson Challenge: ” Rare breed sheep”

17th  February

Guild Skills Day

Committee Meeting

17th March

My Life in Dyeing

Debbie Tomkies

DT Craft Sales

18th March

Workshop using Natural Dye Extracts

Debbie Tomkies

21st April

Horse Hair: The John Boyd Story

John Miners

19th May

The Art of Liberty

Anna Buruma, Liberty Head Archivist

Committee Meeting

16th  June

Fleece Fair

Craft demonstrations

21st July

The Bronze Age Fabrics of Must Farm

Dr Susanna Harris, University of Glasgow

18th August

Fun with Acid Dyes

Amanda Hannaford

15th September

Stitch-led Design in Knitting

Alison Ellen

Dyeing competition

Committee meeting


20th  October


Anna Crutchley

Spinning competition

21st October

Cord Spinning or Tassel Making Workshop

Anna Crutchley

17th November

Learning about Sheep Fleece in a Small Commercial Mill

John Arbon

Weaving Competition

Committee meeting

Soup and bread lunch

15th December

Social event

Shared lunch and Secret Santa