Our Crafts

The Guild's aim is to preserve and develop skills in weaving, spinning and dyeing through the exchange of ideas and knowledge by sharing practical skills.


We have many expert weavers who are very willing and able to pass on their knowledge from the basics of warping up for beginners to working out more complex designs mathematically. The Guild has a separate meeting specifically for weavers and has several looms which can be borrowed.


Our Guild has extensive expertise can offer help with all aspects of spinning. This ranges from  information on retailers selling mill-produced fibre to choosing your own fleece with techniques for washing, carding, combing and generally processinng to the final spun yarn. We welcome beginners and those who would like more advances spinning techniques.



The Guild has a membership of talented people who are skilled with different methods of dyeing various types of fibres. These dyes include indigo, natural or chemical dyes, the programme includes at least one meeting devoted to one of these aspects of dyeing.

Our Guild

Guild Information

We meet at:

Mary Tavy Coronation Hall,
Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Devon. PL19 9QA


We have an organised monthly programme of events focusing on one of the three crafts. This may involve an in-house or external speaker or workshop.


Please feel free to bring your spinning wheel, weaving, knitting etc. to any meeting and exchange ideas.


Visitors are welcome. The first visit is free and can be to a guild meeting or a weave group meeting. After this, visitors have the option joining the Guild.

Visitors can attend Guild talks and demonstrations by prior arrangement and payment of a £5 fee.


One of our aims is the holding of a biennial exhibition of members' work. Everyone is encouraged to exhibit at least one item and to take part in stewarding. During the year we demonstrate at local events such as village fairs and shows and volunteers are always welcome.


In-between meetings are held at agreed members' homes usually midweek on the second week of the month. Please let the host know if you would like to attend.


Once a year we have an outing and a picnic.


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Contact us at info@petertavywsdguild.org.uk

Main Guild Programme for 2018

All Guild members meet in the Mary Tavy Coronation Hall on the first Saturday of each month between 10:30 and 3:30.


3rd March: A talk from Shirley Berlin on Braids. Japanese braids are beautiful objects and can be used for jewellery, belts, handles, clothes fasteners and many other things


4th March: Japanese Braid workshop with Shirley Berlin.


7th April: Morning: Now is the time to think about what you might be able to plant to produce colour in dyeing.

Afternoon: Talk from Terri on her Adventures with Rowena, cycling from Devon to Australia,


5th May: Tapestry is a very different style of weaving from the more complex looms and allows the weaver complete artistic freedom. This is not a workshop per se but an opportunity to use the guild looms


2nd June:

Talk by Isabella Whitworth on batik. She is a highly regarded textile artist who specialises in batik (wax resist) on silk.


3rd June: Isabella will lead a Batik Workshop to create a silk scarf using batik


7th July: Show and Tell. By now the Fleece Project should have dealt with several fleeces and maybe we need to think about fleeces we’d like to obtain for our ongoing studies.


4th August: Picnic at the hall with an indigo vat and (hopefully!) woad, too. An opportunity to dye warps, shibori cloth, yarns and anything you’d like to have a go at.


1st September: The hall will be divided into four areas, one in each corner. One group will be wet felting something small, one group will be colour blending on drum carders, hand carders and a blending board, one group will be weaving ‘small wares,’ braids by any means: inkle, tablets, lucets, ply splitting, cards, marudai, etc, and the final group will be socialising and spinning or knitting.


6th October: 2019 Exhibition Planning. Now is the time to start thinking about it! What shall we call it and what ideas do we have for it? Can we surpass 2017?


3rd November: Books and Magazines. Christmas is coming and now is the time the publishers start releasing their autumn winter catalogues. Do you have a book we need in the library? Do you have a wish list of your own, and have you bought or seen a book that you found to be a disappointment?


1st December: AGM and contribution Xmas Lunch in the hall.


Weave Group Programme for 2018

The Weaving Group meets in the Mary Tavy Coronation Hall once a month in the second week, alternating Wednesdays and Fridays.


Wednesday 14th March: Preparing for next month's course.


Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th April: "Breaking the Rules" course with Laura Thomas


Wednesday 9th May: Working on the guild looms and sharing coursework.


Friday 8th June: Devising future challenges.


Wednesday 11th July: Sharing skills and finished work.


Friday 10th August: Summer picnic(?) and exploring various weaving techniques.


Friday 14th September: Planning for the autumn months meetings.


Wednesday 10th October: Sharing project progress.


Friday 9th November: Compiling samples into guild log books.


Saturday 1st December: AGM and Xmas Lunch


Friday 14th December: Final challenger of hte year.



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