2018 Programme

You are welcome to visit us at any of our publicised meetings.  You don’t need to book, but you are advised to email us in advance to check for changes to the advertised programme.

Please bring lunch and check details below for admission charges.  50p for tea and coffee.

13 January 2018 – Members’ Day

We will be at Yealand Village Hall ‘doing our own thing’.  Bring something along some spinning, weaving or other project, or just chat.

Visitors welcome, no door charge. 

10 February 2018 – Rebecca Oaks

Rebecca, a long-term Guild member and spinner, works as a freelance woodland advisor, having trained in coppicing with one of the last active coppice merchants in the North West. She grows her own willow locally, producing eight different varieties. which she harvests and grades annually. Alongside her practical involvement, Rebecca trains apprentice coppice workers and has co-written two books about coppice crafts.

Rebecca weaves her own willow into baskets, and will be demonstrating the techniques involved as part of her talk.


Visitors welcome, no door charge. 

10-11 March 2018 – Louise Oppenheimer

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Louise has been a weaver since graduating from Maidstone College of Art in 1974. Her very natural approach – using what she sees and experiences in the landscapes and seascapes around her – results in beautiful flowing designs – some pictures, some more abstract representations. She likes ‘the simple skill of pulling weft through warp’. Working on a basic wooden frame, she describes the process of weaving: ‘hands occupied, I could almost dream my way to the top and resolve problems with a rhythmic pace’.

Louise will lead a weekend workshop for all levels, teaching participants basic techniques and how to use colour to reflect their ideas.

Visitors welcome, £4.00 on the door.  For a place on the workshop (subject to availability) please enquire.

14 April 2018 – Paul Rodgers

Professor of Design, Researcher

Professor Paul Rodgers currently works at Lancaster University as a Professor of Design. In 2016, when he was working at Northumbria University, he led a research project in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland, enabling people with dementia to participate in designing tartans. The project was called Disrupting Dementia.

Brief details of the project can be found here:

The Professor Rogers will give a  talk about the project entitled ‘Designing With People Living With Dementia’.

Visitors welcome, £4.00 on the door. 

National Exhibition Selection

Members will select entries for the Association’s national exhibition.

12 May 2018 – Jenny Howes

Jenny Howes has been a knitter for as long as she remembers. She spends her time subsumed in a world of fibres, colours and bits of woolly fluff. She knits, spins, dyes, felts, makes teddy bears, designs patterns and still finds time to help organise the St. Abbs Wool Festival. She sells the vast majority of what she creates under the auspices of SkyBluePinkDesigns, and many of you will have seen her at WoolFest, Yarndale and Kendal Woolgathering.

Jenny will be bringing her ‘pop-up’ shop to the Guild Day.

Her talk during the afternoon will be about fibres and is entitled: ‘Herdwick Pants? No Thanks!  Why Fibre Choice Is Important’.

Visitors welcome, £4.00 on the door. 

9 June 2018 – Chair’s Challenge

We will ‘show and tell’ what we have produced for this year’s Chair’s Challenge.

Visitors welcome, no door charge. 


22-24 June 2018 – Silverdale & Arnside Art and Craft Trail

This has become a regular fixture for us.  Come and find our display and see us demonstrate weaving and spinning.


14 July 2018 – Outing

Venue tbc, perhaps to Glasgow to visit the Association’s national exhibition.  Details to follow.


11 August 2018 – In-House Skills Day

Details unlikely to follow!  Realistically we’ll have no idea until a few days before the event but expect a variety of activities for weavers, spinners and dyers at all levels.  There will be something for everyone, including complete beginners.

Visitors welcome, no door charge.  You are advised to contact us the week before to find out if you  need to bring any equipment.

Visitors welcome, no door charge.


8 September 2018 – Ellie Langley

Ellie lives on a smallholding, high in Upper Weardale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where she keeps a small flock of sheep. The smallholding is run entirely on renewable energy, and the sheep, kept solely for their wool, ‘live out their natural lives in the haymeadow and pasture’. Ellie’s speciality is handmade felt hats, made from British wools – including from her own flock – and British tweeds. She calls them Hats With Altitude, and sells them from her website

Ellie will be bringing some of her lovely felt creations with her – some for sale. Her business – Fleece With Altitude – can be viewed at

Ellie will tell us about her work in a talk entitled ‘Hats With Altitude’

Visitors welcome, £4.00 on the door. 

13-14 October 2018 – Katie Weston

Colour Blending Workshop

Since Katie taught herself how to spin, back in 2009, she hasn’t stopped, setting up a business in 2011 to further her passion – Hilltop Cloud. Many of you will have visited her fabulous stand at various woolly events like Woolfest and Yarndale. She does all her dyeing from home – at Dugoed in Wales – using only the best quality fibres, and developing special colourways and sequences only available from her website:

Getting More From Your Drum Carder Workshop

Katie will be teaching participants how to blend colours, add textures, make puni’s/rolags, create gradients and diz roving.

Katie will bring some of her items to sell when she visits. Her talk will be about dyeing and is entitled ‘Hand-Dyeing Fibre With Acid Dyes’

Visitors welcome, £4.00 on the door.   For a place on the workshop (subject to availability) please enquire.


10 November 2018 – Laura Rosenzweig of Laura’s Loom

Unfortunately, Ruth from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust is unable to join us in November.  Instead, Laura will talk about her weaving journey.

Laura will bring her pop up shop – beautiful yarns from Yorkshire Dales sheep, socks, scarves, blankets and more.

You can read more about Laura on her website

Visitors welcome, £4.00 on the door. 

Show & Tell

1 December 2018

We will hold our AGM in the morning, followed by a ‘show and tell’, raffle and cakes in the afternoon.

Visitors welcome, no door charge.