2021 Programme

All meetings are subject to Covid-19 restrictions at the time and may change.

Please check the Guild Gossip for the latest information and forthcoming guidance on using zoom for talks, which will include a Q&A slot.

9 January

Members’ Day – Zoom Session

13 February

Sue Lawty: “Bhutan Weavers Trail” – Zoom Session

Sue Lawty is an artist. She constructs textiles using natural fibres and creates drawings of tiny stones.  She has led treks to Bhutan and her presentation will include photographs of the landscape and textiles, hand spinning, dyeing and weaving from the less visited east of Bhutan and her talk will include elements about the culture.  This presentation is brought forward from last year’s programme when it was postponed due coronavirus restrictions.

13 March

A members’ meeting on Zoom, including an interview in the form of an informal conversation between two members

10 April

Jacqueline James: “Experiences in Handwoven Rugs” – Zoom Session

Jacqueline is a weaver and dyer of hand woven floor rugs and wall hangings, working from her studio in York, on her Swedish floor loom. She designs her colourful and decorative rugs using wool yarns and more recently cotton, where she paints the weft yarn.

8 May

Patricia Greaves: “Journeying by the sea.” – Zoom Session

Patricia’s textile art is inspired by the calm and spirit of place, whether land or the sea’s edge. Her approach to her design is manipulating fibre and thread to hold her ideas with  keen attention on colour and texture.

12 June

Chair’s Challenge Results – Zoom session

This session will be an opportunity to bring together the Chair’s Challenge for 2020 – 60th Celebration – and 2021 – “Another Culture” with your choice of finished items from either challenge. Contributing photos (2) should be sent to the Guild Secretary to be put into power point, and then members can talk through their story – trials and achievements.

10-11 July

Veronika Kapsali: “Innovation in Sustainable Textile Design & Craft” – Zoom Session

Veronika originally trained in fashion & design before moving into research. She is now Reader in Material Technology  Design at University of the Arts, London. She is particularly interested in textile technology and material futures.

14 August

Skills Share: Zoom Session

This session provides the opportunity for members to share their experiences & skills with members, in small groups. The topics and how the session will run will be given nearer the time.

11 September

Kate Makin, Northern Yarn.

Delivery of this session will be dependent on covid – 19 restrictions.

Kate was born and brought up in Lancashire and inspired to knit by her grandmother. After a period of time in London, she returned to the northwest to pursue her interest in local sheep and the processing of wool. Opening Northern Yarn in 2016, her aim is to promote local farmers and their sheep, process their wool and support the local economy. If feasible, Kate will provide a pop a shop.

9-10 October

Louise Martin. Tapestry Weaver Louise is a tapestry artist and teacher. Her tapestries are quiet and contemplative with a reduced colour palette which emphasises her techniques. She draws inspiration from Coptic tapestries, cloth and paper fragments. Her tapestries also inspire drawings, which inspire prints, using intaglio type print techniques on woven paper.

13 November

“Coastal Colours”

This day will provide the opportunity to dye skeins of yarn and /or how to knit socks. Coastal Colours supply luxury yarns and fibres which are hand dyed using Gaywool acid dyes. These are colour fast and easy to use for either immersion dying, rainbow, microwave and oven dyeing. Coastal Colours will also provide a pop up shop

4 December

AGM and Show and Tell