Worstead Festival 2016

“We all pronounced Worstead Festival hugely enjoyable.  St Mary’s Church is a beautiful setting, and it was enhanced by the stunning flower displays and the lovely music.  We spun, wove and chatted for two whole days, drank tea, ate homemade cake and even had our own “comfort facilities” – wots not to like !  

The free children’s workshops were popular once again.


Traditional tapestry is Christine’s choice, and Beryl is weaving magic with pick-up sticks.  


And we’re delighted to say we attracted even more new members.  Take care, dear readers, The Woolly Life is very addictive !

Makers Month at The Forum, Norwich


What a success !

Makers Month featured yarn and textiles in weeks one and two, and the Organiser (Jayne Evans) got together all five Norfolk WSD Guilds, knitters, crocheters, stitchers and related woolly/textile people. The Forum looked amazing and the buzz was infectious.

Visitors crowded in (over 2000 on Saturday alone – and we feel as though we spoke to them all !) and were encouraged and inspired.











Worstead Guild says a big “thank you” to Jayne – not only for giving the public a wonderful experience, but also for putting spinners, weavers and dyers in touch with one another.

We are looking forward to an exciting and stimulating collaboration, and to next year’s Makers Month. Bring it on !!!

Worstead festival 2015

It was another great weekend at the Worstead festival. We had lots of demonstrations and displays of our work….

This years competition theme was Water; over, in or under. Here are the entries for the competition.

Here is a closer look at some of the entries…

A tap with running water made by Sharon Fisher using hand spun and hand dyed yarn.

An underwater scene made by Rosemary Davidson using hand dyed and hand spun yarn.

A watery scene made by Margaret Gilham using hand spun yarn and weaving.  

A seahorse woven by Lesley Bone using beads

 A watery scene woven by Ellie Jones using hand spun yarn.

All the entries were fabulous! But the winner had to be chosen. The winner was Sandra Martins with her beautiful swan made from a type of weaving called bobbin lace. Congratulations to Sandra!

Thank you to everyone who come and visited us and voted in the competition. It was really lovely to see you all.

Christmas fair extraordinaire!

Our Christmas fair 2014 was a great finish to the year.  The car park was packed full of visitors all day to our workshop and to the Christmas Craft Fair next door in Dilham village hall.  A big thank you for your support to all our visitors.  A big welcome goes out to our new members inspired to join us on the day.  We look forward to seeing you at our meet ups in the new year.  See our diary for details.

Bobbin lace display by Sandra Martins

Bobbin lace display by Sandra Martins


Visitors had fun trying out some weaving looms.  Visitors were given the opportunity to try peg looms, rigid heddles and an 8-shaft table loom.  You could also try some kumohimo too.

Stan and Ellie showing our visitors how to use the different types of looms.

Stan and Ellie showing our visitors how to use the different types of looms.

Members were on hand to demonstrate the guild crafts and answer questions.

Jenny Rose handspinning on her Majacraft wheel

Jenny Rose hand-spinning hand-dyed wool and silk on her Majacraft wheel

Kath Appleton demonstrating her weaving and Marion Starks demonstrating her supe- fast hand spinning skills.

Kath Appleton demonstrating her weaving and Marion Starkings demonstrating her super- fast hand-spinning skills.

And as always, there was lots of lovely work by members on display and for sale.  We were so pleased with the levels of sales this year.  More and more people understand the value and uniqueness of a hand crafted gift, which make them that extra bit special.

Handspun zwartble, knitted top by Jenny Rose

Handspun zwartble, knitted top by Jenny Rose

kumohimo jewellery by Eleanor Jones

kumohimo jewellery by Eleanor Jones

Handwoven Christmas decorations by Sally Gibson

Handwoven Christmas decorations by Sally Gibson

The Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Greenbuild Norfolk

We  were out and about again last weekend, this time at the Greenbuild event at Felbrigg Hall.  This was a really great venue and made for a brilliant day out for families, especially since it was free!  Guild members met lots of other stall holders, tasted the wares and caught up with familiar faces.

Our display attracted lots of attention from the public who were very engaging and interested.  Our members demonstrated a number of weaving and spinning techniques and people could try out kumohimo braiding.  There was also a lovely display of naturally dyed fibres that fuelled many conversations around experiences of success and failure with various recipes, methods, and techniques.  Lots of tips for success were swoppped!

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Here we are, all set up in our cosy corner of the farmers market tent, ready to meet the visitors.










Here is Dennis Townsend, rug weaver extraordinaire! His beautiful rugs woven using only natural wool fleece and wool locks. These rugs are incredibly warm and the deep pile, wendsleydale woollen locks are pure luxury.   On the right is Margaret.  One of our newer but very talented members.  Margaret was having lots of fun weaving an effective piece on a more modern, rigid heddle style loom.









Sally Gibson displayed one of her most beautiful autumnal tapestries, expertly woven using the finest silks.  To the left is an example of a decorative twizzle, also woven by Sally but this time, created using very simple weaving sticks.

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Here is the wonderful array of natural colours, skillfully crafted by Sue St John.  A naturally dyed fleece was used to create a rustic autumn wreath.  Oodles of natural colours felted and knitted…Sue’s baskets of lovely squishy, thick-and-thin handspun, handyed yarns!

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Handspun and handwoven items by Jenny Rose expertly crafted using luxury fibres.

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and finally, no-one could have missed Anne-Marie’s choice of accessory wear , just fabulous 🙂

Thank you to the Greenbuild organisers, it was a pleasure to work with you, and to our wonderful visitors for making it such a rewarding weekend.  If you have made anything with your purchases to support the Worstead Guild, then be sure to send us a picture!

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.

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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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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Worstead Festival 2013

Worstead Festival 2013

Another year has passed & Worstead Festival comes round again, and Kath Appleton prepares her spinning wheel ready to demonstrate to the visitors.

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The theme for the exhibition this year was Sea, Sand & Sky and led to many different interpretations.

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The general public were again asked to vote and 571 did so and this was the result


First place Sandra Martins lace picture of Lobster & Crab won with 88 votes

First place Sandra Martins lace picture of Lobster & Crab







Second place went to Ellie Beattie with 64 votes







Third Place Went to Edwina Ward With 44 votes for her wall hanging







Sally Gibson came in fourth place with 42 votes for her tapestry no 15.


We had lots of interested people & lots of children and adults tried their hand at weaving.


Rose was very pleased with her Gods Eye weaving.

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Several people expressed interest in joining the guild & we look forward to meeting them again at the Weavers Workshop in the near future.