Aylsham Agricultural Show

Once again it was a great pleasure to be part of the Aylsham Agricultural Show in Norfolk.  This year’s display by Guild members was a huge success!  Experienced and newbie Guild members worked side by side to promote the traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing.

We were very busy with lots and lots of visitors despite the terrible weather.  Visitors were able to touch and feel a variety of natural fibres and learned how these were used.  Demonstrations of the Japanese-style braiding called kumohimo were very popular and visitors were encouraged to have a go.  Many visitors learned how the spinning wheel worked and about the preparation of fibres for spinning.  The weaving loom also generated lots of interest from onlookers where a complex woven cloth was being created.

A big thank you to all our lovely visitors that braved the weather to come and see us and to the organisers of the Aylsham show for all their wonderful help and support!


Eleanor Jones and Sharon Fisher discuss kumohimo techniques.  Eleanor’s kumohimo kits were a sell out!

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Bracelets and necklaces created using kumohimo braiding techniques by Eleanor Jones.  Bracelets and handmade hooky tools for threading spinning wheels by Tim Martins.

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Stan Appleton and Lesley Haines demonstrating spinning and weaving.  Here are examples of Guild member’s weaving on display at the Aylsham show:

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Tim Martins weaving case straps using an inkle loom.

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These straps also make nifty bottle slings!

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Sandra Martins demonstrating the making of a beautiful intricate bobbin lace piece.

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The talented Sally Gibson was demonstrating tapestry, which received lots of interest from visitors.  Sally had several of her landscape tapestries on display. Visitors could also buy a tapestry kit!

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Hand-dyed natural fibres, handspun and various knitted items were displayed by Marion and Melissa Starks.  Melissa also won first prize for entering her Teeswater sheep in the sheep show.

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Luxury fibres were used to handspin yarn for knitting these lovely items, perfect for autumn by Jenny Rose.

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Hand-carded fibre batts for handspinning created lots of interest.  A variety of luxury hand-dyed natural fibres including silks, suri alpaca and blue-faced leicester locks by Rose Davidson were on display.

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Colourful yummy handpun yarns by Eleanor Jones and Rose Davidson.

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And even more examples of Sally Gibson’s weaving work.

Autumn Spinning and Weaving Workshops 2014

Beginning & improving Spinning Day  –  lead by Jenny Rose

Saturday 11th October  2014, 10.00am  to 3.00pm

How to improve your spinning & fibre preparation and use a drop spindle

Equipment can be provided

Cost £30.00 maximum of 8 on course.


Spinning designer Yarns – lead by Jenny Rose

Saturday 18th October  2014, 10.00am to 3.00pm

Learn to prepare fibre for exciting individual yarns, using silk wool , cashgora etc. Equipment provided or bring your own.

Cost £30.00 maximum of 8 on course.


WEAVING TASTER DAY –  Lead by Jenny Rose

Wednesday 15th October 2014, 10.00am  to 3.00pm

Learn to weave on a pegloom, a rigid heddle loom & a 4 shaft table loom

Cost £30.00 maximum of 8 on course.


DESIGNING A WARP (on a weaving loom) – lead by Jenny Rose

Wednesday 29th October 2014, 10.00am  to 3.00pm

How to determine, sett, width & length.

How to complete a drawdown – shows how pattern will look & helps you understand how the loom works, also helps to plan where to put colour.

Make colour wraps to help with using colour in weaving.

Equipment provided.

Cost £30.00 maximum of 8 on course.


Coffee & tea provided, bring your own lunch

Plenty of parking.

Worstead Festival 2014

We had a fabulous weekend at the Worstead festival! The weather was fabulous and we had lots of visitors. Here Sandra Martin is demonstrating her bobbin lace making.


We had Lesley bone teaching and demonstrating Kumihimo and peg loom. She was rushed off her feet later in the day.


This is some of the lovely hand spun, dyed and woven items we had on display. This work is by Sandra Rutherford and Anne Chambers.



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Dennis Townsend hand some lovely cosy rugs on display..DSC00756

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The theme for the exhibition this year was Autumn and we had some very beautiful entries.


For close up images of the entries please see pinterest site: WorsteadGWSD

After counting the many votes we found our winner…….Jenny Rose’s beautiful hand woven and hand dyed scarf was our winner! Here is Jenny receiving her award at our last guild meeting…




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