Meet our members – Serena

I have been spinning for about two years. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was little but began to become more interested in where my yarn came from and the actual process of making yarn a few years ago. So, I saved up, bought myself a folding spinning wheel in the summer of 2013 and set about teaching myself to spin with the help of some books and YouTube videos. I am now totally addicted! I have also recently begun to experiment with dyes, particularly natural dyes – as a keen allotment owner, I have grand plans to grow my own dyestuffs some day.

A freshly-spun blue-faced Leicester and silk blend singles yarn on my spinning wheel

A freshly-spun blue-faced Leicester and silk blend single yarn on my spinning wheel

I joined the Guild in February 2014 to meet other spinners and like-minded craftspeople. I really enjoy being part of the Guild and promoting our traditional crafts. I have learned lots of new techniques and have been inspired by many members’ creations at our monthly meetings and have had the opportunity to try spinning some different fibres, thanks to the fleeces that are sometimes sold at the meetings by some of our members who are also sheep and alpaca breeders.

A baby hat I knitted using yarn I hand-dyed using madder root

A baby hat knitted with yarn hand-dyed using madder root

This year, I have taken on a bigger role in the guild as part of the committee organising the 2015 exhibition. I have been mainly involved in organising the publicity for the event and have been busy combining traditional craft skills with social media skills by tweeting and blogging!


Spotlight on: creating silk scarves for our 2015 raffle

Our Guild members are hard at work preparing beautiful, handwoven silk scarves to be the prizes in our raffle at our 2015 exhibition. Here’s the story so far!

October 2014

Glorious colours of silk were given out to more than 30 spinners, who were asked to prepare and spin a singles yarn strong enough for use in the warp and to set it in the hank. Some of this work was done collaboratively at the monthly Guild meetings, some at home in our members’ own time.


January 2015

A wonderful selection of well-spun yarn appeared – beautiful mixtures, as well as plain colours.


February 2015

A group of our weavers met and had the daunting task of sorting the spun yarns into ‘scarf kits’.

March 2015

Kits were given to some of our weaver members, who have been asked to use the handspun yarns to produce a warp-faced fabric, weaving them together with a very fine commercial silk.


April 2015

The scarves are on the looms and weaving is underway!

Scarf weaving