The Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers


Harvested Flax

From Circus Seamstress to Flax Farmer: A Grow-Your-Own-Clothes Adventure

At the start of 2020 I had never touched a spinning wheel. Two years on, I have been growing, harvesting, processing, spinning and weaving flax into linen!


Journal Timeline

Journal Timeline

The Quarterly Journal of the Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers was first published 70 years ago in March 1952.


The tapestry currently has over 700 story cloths from 10 different countries

Women's Woven Voices

How can weaving a story be a powerful act of compassion, and a catalyst for connection and change?



A Life at the Loom: The Work and Practice of Janet Phillips — Teacher, Weaver, Author, Designer

In 1968, a teenager from Edinburgh sat down for the first time at a weaving loom and discovered her calling.


Inspired by jewels

Online Guild Spinning Challenge

The challenge was to create one yarn from five randomly allocated elements, the idea being that when presented with random elements you are pushed outside your comfort zone and become more creative.


Pauline Caroline Jones, Dorset Guild, and Sonya Hammond, Dorset & Online Guilds

A Gotland Journey

Pauline Caroline Jones shares her journey building her Gotland flock, and Sonya Hammond discusses her spinning and weaving experiments with their fleeces.


A fantastic workspace built around my sewing cabinet and looms                                                                                                                                       All Photos: Linda More

Private View - Old Church Studios

My long awaited purpose built room in the corner of our garden within the curtilage of our Grade II listed small village church


Fleece washing, which way is best?

Fleece Washing

Creating a finished item from a fleece is a rewarding experience. The start of this journey is washing the fleece but, with many approaches advocated, which is the best? This article is the result of two days of testing and describes a comparison of seven methods from various sources, referenced at the end of the article. A method of fleece washing based on these test results is proposed.


•	Group of some of the sheep in the project L-R, starting with the black face: North Ronaldsay, Shetland, North Ronaldsay, Shetland, Castlemilk x2. There are several Cheviots in the background.  Photo: Ruth Dalton

Exploring Primitive Breeds

In late 2018, the Cumbria Support Group of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust1 (RBST) launched their Primitive Produce Project.


Woad in flower in the garden

Woad from seed to dye

There is currently a strong interest and a resurgence in using natural dyes. I enjoy growing woad in my garden and I have found that the following methods work well for me, as the magic of indigo is so captivating.


The Peter Tavey Guild Challenge

What a Challenge!

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Challenge’? Maybe it has negative connotations for you, or maybe it offers something to be conquered.
This article describes the challenge the Peter Tavy Weaving Group set themselves for 2018.


Sun burst ruffled coat detail

Loom-Controlled 3D Shaping for Garments — An Interview with Sally Eyring

The wonderful world of Sally Eyring


Mary Quant, Gor-Ray, Marks & Spencer, Burberry, Aquascutum: these are just some of the companies and designers who used the West of England cloth produced in Trowbridge, when the weaving industry was still viable

New Threads: Uncovering the Stories of England’s Past Weaving Industry

For centuries, cloth production was the main industry in and around Trowbridge. Many local people can still trace ancestors connected to the weaving trade.


Michael Williams is a modest man, and an exceptionally fine craftsman.

Modesty and a Fine Great Wheel

Michael Williams is a modest man, and an exceptionally fine craftsman. I interviewed him three years ago for an article about his super-light and über-fast drop spindles and, as I was leaving, I asked him whether he had ever thought about making a spinning wheel.


This article is about the distinguishing features of a Jacquard loom.

What is Jacquard Weaving?

Before I write about Jacquard looms I want to define a loom as a tensioning device.


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The Journal is published on behalf of the Association of Guilds of Spinners Weavers and Dyers. It covers a wide range of textile subjects, including articles on historic textile techniques and cutting edge modern design.

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