For those of you who couldn't make it, here is a quick roundup of what happened at the guild meetings each month.  A more detailed report will appear in the Newsletter.

January  2019 - Weaving Workshop and Skills day

I am hoping someone else took some pictures of the pegloom workshop as I was leading it!  In other news we had a fantastic Ghandi loom demonstrated by one of our members.  Very much admired, we look forward to seeing the finished woven fabric in the fullness of time. 

December 2018 - Christmas Competition & Party

A lovely day, shared by a really good number of members.  Cherry Thick held her annual needle felting seminar with a lot of snowmen, deer and badgers emerging from the needles of the participants.  Cherry also won the Christmas Tree-Topper competition and we managed to catch a lovely picture of her as she was presented with her prize at lunch.


November 2018 - Annual Competitions

Our Annual competitions suffered from sickness this year but for most of the competitions we had plenty of entries.  We missed our more experienced weavers particularly and the Tony Williams award was presented to Linda Window in her absence as there were no other proposed entries that we knew of and Linda was unable to attend due to sickness.  There will be an Easter Competition to be announced in the Guild News Extra nearer the time. 

BURFORD TROPHY:    Length of cloth - Suitable for making any item to wear.

Winner:  Helen Bean

HARLEY TROPHY:       Creative weaving - A picture or wall hanging.

Winner:  Annabella Harding

GREYFRIERS PLATE: Dyed yarn - A natural dyed skein.

Winner: Annabella Harding

 PHYL PEACOCK SHEILD:  Hand spun skein - Silk fibre. Not Awarded. 

ANDREWS CUP (spinning):  Spinning for beginners - Skein of any fibre.

Winner: Jenny Wills

ANDREWS CUP (weaving): 

Weaving for beginners - Length of cloth, any fibre.

Winner:  Unfortunately I failed to record the winner of this award.  My apologies, I will update the e-magazine and website when I find out who it was.  Mo.

MILLENIUM CUP: Hand spun knitted or crochet item - Original colour combination or design.

Winner: Veronica Greenham 

TONY WILLIAMS AWARD:   Hand spun cloth, Advanced Level. – Awarded in Absence due to sickness – Linda Window

October 2018 - Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer’s theme was the importance of textiles in the life of the different migrant hill tribes of Thailand.  The hill tribes are minority groups of people in a developing Thailand.  The Karen people migrated to Thailand approximately 200 years ago whereas the Hmong entered Thailand later, around 150 years ago. They are scattered throughout the country but are found mainly in the northern part of Thailand. These hill tribe people are of lower status and experience poor living conditions when compared to Thai nationals. The Thai government sees the opportunity to enhance their living standard as well as developing hill tribe tourism as a means of improving the Thai economy. Therefore, these ethnic communities have been selected, due to their unique characteristics and diversity, by the Thai government to promote as one of the Thai tourism products. Jennifer energetically demonstrated their differences and similarities and how the impact of tourism and modern textiles is changing their traditional values and textiles. Some of the hill tribes are traditionally very spiritual/superstitious (shamanic) people and their textiles reflect this.  Jennifer spent seven years living alongside these tribes in the early 90’s and has worked presenting talks and selling their products through Fair-trade and other contacts since she and her husband returned to the UK to retire.  Pictured right are the amazing lengths of hand woven and dyed fabric that make up the Hmong skirt (up to 20m in length).


September 2018 - Guild Skills Day

July 2018 - New Forest Show Special

This was the biggest of the shows our members supported this year and we had a large team attend in shifts with a few hardy souls camping on site.

It was blisteringly hot and our new stand was comparatively cool with opening walls on both sides.  Sunday saw Maggie, Marie and the setup crew hefting boxes, bags and bodies (polystyrene ones) around, setting up and trying to make a coherent presentation from such a huge and diverse range of members fibre crafts.  Georgina and Tricia brought ladders and stands and other useful things and made our lives MUCH easier.  By the end of the day we had almost finished the setup, just the signage and the Dyers corner to sort out.


The banner worked well and we thank everyone who found such innovative recycled fibre crafts to illustrate what can be done. 


We were very fortunate to have two entries which gave us good light and a great draught when the breeze blew, but it did provide a challenge to prevent the tent becoming a cut through between the market place and the sheep rings. A central activities and demonstration table proved to be the solution and it worked well with the pom pom tree bringing many children in to see what was going on.

We had everything from the finest hand spun and woven silk to wall tapestries and floor rugs, and even some woven baskets made of recycled plastic strapping.

Tuesday morning dawned….. hot and sunny of course!   It was a bit slow getting going with our first customer being a young lad who spent the rest of the morning learning to knit while the tent started to get busy.  Once it got started it never stopped.  


The other days followed the same pattern as the first with different Guild members turning up to demonstrate and help with the different activities or to just come and chat.    

We decided to wait until the Friday to pack up as we were already pretty worn out with the heat and hard work.  So very enjoyable but a big ask for everyone involved.  Thank you all for everything you did.  Really looking forward to doing it all again next year, hopefully in cooler weather!                                                                                   


June 2018 - Fleece Fair

We have been so lucky with the weather on Guild days this year.  It was so nice today that we spent it in the courtyard.(Honestly it was nothing to do with the fact that the room we had booked was locked and none of the staff available had any way of accessing the room, despite trying canteen hatches!)  It was my first fleece fair.  I took along 10 fleeces from various of my friends and only came back with five (of theirs anyway, Becca and I managed to acquire another 3 between us.) We had people come up from Devon and quite a few Dorset Guild members as well as several locals attend.  Everyone who came for the fleece fair seemed to go home with something and the seven traders all sold some of their fleeces.  Undoubtedly Luke from Wessex Woolcraft was most popular with his dyed rovings although the Gotland on the stall next to mine was very admired and I did succumb to one. 

I would love to know what the conversation in this picture was about.  Kirsty's face in the background with Helen and Inez's surprised laughter.  A great photo of a very enjoyable and successful day. 

The Newsletter will be produced over the next few days and will have more details and photos so here are just a couple to whet your appetites. 


 May 2018 - Dorset Buttons

Another lovely sunny day and we started early so everything was set up when Janet got there, much to her relief!  40 of us today (I remembered to count the sign in book).  I disappeared off upstairs to do the Dorset Button workshop which was great, so I don't know what went on downstairs this time.  I will catch up with the news later on in the week.  In the meantime, a picture of our lovely and very useful buttons.  The afternoon was very relaxed and a lot of people stayed to the end of the afternoons spinning and chatting so I got to catch up with most of the news.  

In other News:

A quick reminder its the fleece fair next month.  More details to follow. 




April 2018 - Longdraw Spinning, Workshop with Steve Kennett  - his experience of the recent history and future of  spinning.

A lovely day and a great guild this month.  Lots going on during the morning while the spinners were having a workshop with Steve Kennett.  Helen has kindly done a write up of the workshop for the newsletter.  Pictured right is Jane, a new member this month and a self declared Learner.  (I think this may be the cover of the next Newsletter) Lovely to meet you Jane and welcome to the Guild.  Jane was pleased to receive lots of helpful advice from other members on improving her technique.
This month's competition was to create a name badge, to encourage us all to make ourselves identifiable, at least by name. ("oi you", is just so passe!) Congratulations to Sue (seated, the innovator of loom tables), another new member and a worthy winner.  Thank you to all who took the time and trouble to enter and to Maggie for organising things despite moving house. We roped in the new Greyfriars manager to judge, giving her an opportunity to see us all and to introduce herself.  
The preparations for the New Forest Show are coming on well. The banner is well underway and fibrecraft food is appearing on the display table along with patterns and suggestions of how you can be involved. Jenny's flock of sheep are growing apace as well.  There will be a news article later on in the month detailing volunteers, roles, plans and how to submit articles for the show sales table so keep checking back on the news page on the website.  Jenny's flock of sheep are growing apace.

We had several member makes on display this time, these will be written up in more detail on the Member Makes page over the next few days.

Melissa brought her "Grandma's Hump" cardigan.  A welcomed gift for her grandma who has a dowagers hump and struggles to find clothes to fit. Melissa is in the process of improving her design.

Margaret Prevost brought several of her braided distaffs to demonstrate.  After the visit from Sue Court (Florovina) last month both Naalbinding and distaffs have been a real topic of interest and Margaret has been experimenting with several different types.

Becks (pictured) has knitted up all her spinning samples into the most amazing multicoloured jumper for herself, it was great to see her wearing it. 

March 2018 - Rigid Heddle Weaving Workshop & Florovina - a different look at the history of our craft.

Better weather for Guild day this month and better numbers.  With the introduction of TV Dinner Tables (great idea Chris T) some of our weavers have been encouraged to bring along their small looms (available from ebay for about £12-£15 and in local surplus stores etc). 

After the interest shown at last Guild Jenny, Sue & Janet all joined in to get those unfamiliar with rigid heddle looms get started.  


Florovina came and gave us a really interesting talk on the historical development of fibre processing from the Egyptians onward and how it has influenced general and personal approaches to spinning and knitting. 

The members found the use of the distaff & Naalbinding fascinating.  (Viking fabric making - a similar but different technique to knitting and crochet). 

Quite a lot of interest was shown in a workshop for this so we will look into that and get back to you all.  There will be a full article in the next newsletter about this fascinating subject and really interesting talk.  


In other news:

Maggie held a brainstorming session about the New Forest Show and the notes and what we need from you are here.

The Guild committee also had a committee meeting during the day and the notes from that are here.

Janet's notices are here.(will be linked when I get them later in the week)


February 2018 - Name Badges & Knitting

The weather was appalling on Guild day.  A good number braved the weather and turned out anyway. 

Fiona Morris's knitting pattern design workshop was in a separate room upstairs so there was lots of room for a change in the hall.  The feedback from the workshop was positive, with one member already using one of Fiona's designs to knit her next project.  There will be a fuller report in the next newsletter.

We had several new members again and this time they brought a couple of small rigid-heddle looms which they set up on tv-dinner tables. 

As a result of the conversation we are having an impromptu rigid heddle loom workshop at the March Guild.  If you can help or want help please bring yours along too.

Lots of chat as usual and Chris T had brought her first! entry for the Easter Name Badge competition (see newsletter).  

Such concentration! 
Fiona Morris Knitting Pattern Design Workshop

Chris Truscott's first entry for the Easter Name Badge competition.


January 2018 - Catching up

Nearly 5O of us arrived to say “Happy New Year” and spend the day spinning. There was not much space to move around, but move around we did, with conversation and laughter ringing out.

Weaversloft from Andover displayed their tops, weaving & knitting yarns. We were taunted by the glorious colours and many of us treated ourselves.

Jaz bought her rugs to show us. Rugs she had woven in wonderful earthly colours. Jenny bought a flock of sheep, all created using Jacobs wool. We ate Melissa`s gorgeous chocolate cake and we welcomed some new members, Viv, Naomi, Judy and baby Oliver but something tells me we might have trouble persuading him to pay his subs.

A wonderful way to start 2018.

J. J.

Update Feb 2018

Jenny Lang kindly emailled me a photo of her sheep, she says; 


"My latest venture is sheep – my sister in law gave me a ‘Knit your own Dartmoor Sheep Kit’ for Christmas (people should be careful what they give me!) – I have already made about 20 sheep and altered the pattern completely (as one does) and already sold a couple of those without even trying. Roll on next New Forest Show by which time I may have a large flock!"

Here is June's Tartan bag that I managed to snap with my phone, unfortunately Margot's photos failed to download so if you have any photos of January's meeting and in particular Jaz's rugs or Jenny's sheep, please email me a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Mo.








December 2017 - Christmas Competition

There were a good number of entries this year covering all the different disciplines.  The challenge was to create a Christmas Tree decoration.  The entries were displayed anonymously and all the members voted for their favourite.  Thanks to Margot Fee for the photographs.


November 2017 - Guild Annual Competition, entrants and winners and a little needle felted gnome work for the brave ones

Sally Parker writes:  "On the 25 November 2017 Guild Day, ladies sat down to tackle the annual needle felting workshop.  We had a super day and the time went so fast, all too soon it came to an end.  Cherry made it so enjoyable and she had prepared so much for us beforehand.  What fun!  Lots of tea, cakes and of course, nattering, we all managed to finish our gnome work.  We are all the proud makes and owners of a felted Father Christmas.  Most decided they would enrol for next year, although we hope it doesn't come round too quickly."  Thanks, Sally.  You are braver than me, those needles are SHARP!

Our gorgeous model

Everyone concentrating hard on their Gnomework.

The finished results, waiting for Gnometime.