Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

We are often asked advice about the crafts advertised on our website, and whilst we have a good knowledge of most of the techniques, we cannot always claim to be experts.

The traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing are championed by The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.  The objectives of this Association are 'the preservation and improvement of the craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing for the benefit of the public and the promotion of public education in such craftsmanship'.

The Association comprises of non commercial guilds located across the British Isles (see map), where members can follow the ethos of the Association.

Members of the Association who wish to further their skills and knowledge can study for a Certificate of Achievement. The certificate (find out more) is offered separately in the four disciplines of weaving, tapestry weaving, spinning and dyeing and assessment is conducted by those leading in the field. A diploma, Certificate in Advanced Textile Studies, can be achieved by candidates whose work has reached a standard of excellence and would normally follow the successful completion of the Certificate of Achievement.  It is awarded in acknowledgement of personal development and study in weaving, spinning or dyeing.

If you would like to find out more about the Association, their National Exhibition will be held from Monday 16th July through to the Sunday 27th July 2012 at the Weald and Downland Museum in Sussex, and exhibits will include Guild members work from across the Association.

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