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.

Weaving

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.

Spinning

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.

 

Dyeing

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 2017/18

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

 

2nd December: AGM. Pub lunch this year

 

2018 meeting details will appear shortly.

 

6th January:

 

3rd February:

 

3rd March:

 

4th March: Japanese Braid workshop with Shirley Berlin.

 

7th April:

 

5th May:

 

2nd June:

 

3rd June: Batik Workshop

 

7th July:

 

4th August:

 

1st September:

 

6th October:

 

3rd November:

 

1st December: AGM and Xmas Lunch

 

Weave Group Programme for 2017/18

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

 

Saturday 2nd December: Annual General Meeting. Pub lunch this year

 

Friday 8th December

Continuing planning for regular weaving challenges in 2018. 

 

Wednesday 10th January: Exhibition submission planning and sharing project progress.

 

Friday 16th February: Assessing weaving challenges.

 

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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