The Avon Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers was first established in the 1950's but the Guild ceased to meet for a couple of years. The Guild was then resurrected with its inaugural meeting on 22nd November 1975, lead by Peter Heaslip a teacher at Redland College.
The Avon Guild is a member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The Association acts as an umbrella organisation and a central coordinating body with the aim of helping bring together the community of craft Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. It has over 100 members Guilds across the UK.
The Avon Guild meets once a month and also participates in local Craft Shows and Fairs, demonstrating members various skills.
Members also participate in the Association of Guilds biannual exhibitions and Summer School.
The Guild organises a varied programme each year, with talks and practical workshops covering a range of techniques for spinning, weaving and dyeing. Other workshops associated with textile crafts may be organised, such as felt making, embroidery, etc.
Where funds permit and there is enough interest the Guild will organise a trip to participate in a workshop or an exhibition.
The Guild holds an annual open day, exhibition and craft sale, so the local people can visit us and see what we have to offer.
Association Exhibition at Killerton House, Devon