Meet our members – Jay

Jay enjoying a beer with her son, who lives in the USA, so they have to make the most of any time they get together!

Jay enjoying a beer with her son, who lives in the USA, so they have to make the most of any time they get together!

In 1982, while living in Kansas, I adopted a few angora rabbits,  so I needed to learn to spin their fibre into a yarn I could knit with. Unfortunately, Tendonitis put paid to that. Back in the UK with a repaired elbow, I found a spinning group in Uckfield run by Ann Dishman, there I was able to get to grips with a borrowed wheel and became a member of the Guild around 1984. Many years later, I served 3 as chairman and have served on various committees too, currently the exhibition committee.

Over the years I have learnt many new skills through various workshops run by the Guild, felting being my favourite although I love dyeing yarn and fleece too. In 2011, I opened my shop selling dyed yarn, dyed fleece and my own knitwear designs. I have many friends at the Guild and I doubt I would be running my woolly business without it.

One of Jay's 'giant' needle-felted creations

One of Jay’s ‘giant’ needle-felted creations

Some years ago I watched the sheep shearer at Ardingly shear a beautiful Masham sheep, I bought the fleece, washed it, dyed it in shades of blue and green, spun it and knitted a beautiful long scarf. It found a new owner a year or two later.

One year we had a fashion show which I really enjoyed participating in, and I always enjoy the shopping experience.

Hand-dyed locks

Hand-dyed locks


Traders list 2015

It’s only 4 months to go until our October exhibition and we’re pleased to announce that, in addition to the opportunity to buy our own Guild members’ creations, the following traders will be at the event, selling handmade items, equipment and supplies:

P&M Woolcraft

Ashleigh Textiles

DT Craft & Design

Uppingham Yarns

Oakhill Wensleydales

The Threshing Barn

Woolcraft with Wensleydale

Textile Garden

IST Crafts

Romney Marsh Wools


Diamond Fibres

Briarbank Rainbows

The Little Grey Sheep

Plant Dyed Wool

Spring Farm Alpacas

Cousley Flock

Owena’s Farm Produce



Arabesque Braids

Southdowns Yarn

We’ll be looking at each trader in more detail in the coming weeks so keep following our blog updates for further information!

Award-winning exhibit at the South of England Show

The East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers were delighted to be invited to attend the South of England Show in Ardingly, Sussex, from 11th  to 13th June 2015. The annual event, organised by the South of England Agricultural Society, showcases the best of agriculture and farming across the South East region and is attended by tens of thousands of visitors.

ESGWSD had a large group of members at the event, demonstrating their spinning and weaving skills, as well as exhibiting their hand spun, woven and dyed work. We are delighted to have been awarded Third Prize for Best Exhibit in the Wildlife, Farming and Forestry Area and are looking forward to displaying more of our award-winning  work at our very own exhibition in October.

South of England Show