There’s a ‘Wool Process’ marquee that will be show you how wool gets turned into all kinds of wonderful things. The Stratford-upon-Avon Guild of ‘Weavers, Spinners and Dyers’ will be on hand with their support and craft demonstrations showing the many applications of wool, allowing you to see how wool evolves through spinning, weaving, dyeing and knitting. There will be opportunities for you and your children to try your hand at spinning, weaving and knitting as well as take part in some of the fun competitions.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers started in 1975 when students from an adult education class at Stratford College taught by Mary Jeffery decided that they wished to pursue the three skills further than was possible in class.
Mediaeval guilds were associations of craftsmen who had completed apprenticeships and served to maintain standards of skill. Modern W, S & D guilds are open to anyone who is interested in textiles, though their aim is to preserve the knowledge of the three crafts and show the range and fascination of working with fibres.
We meet once a month, except in August, usually on the third Saturday at the Methodist Hall in Stratford. Please check with our website for details www.wsdstratford.blogspot.co.uk. where you can find our email address if you wish to contact us.
This is the tenth year that we have taken part in the Wool Fair. We show spinning and several forms of weaving, plus the magic of indigo dyeing. Starting in 2012 we oversaw the weaving of the Shipston Tapestry and in recent years have taken part in the Yarn Bombing of the town for the weekend of the Wool Fair.
We always try to offer visitors a chance to try their hand at a skill and hope they are inspired by the items which they can make and take home.