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JILL GOODWIN FRIENDSHIP  DAY  July 20th 2019


Our Jill Goodwin Friendship Day at Grange Barn, Coggeshall is held every two years in honour of Jill who died in 2013 aged 95. She was a founder member of our guild and reported  as a ‘National Treasure’ by the Journal.  She was also internationally known for her Dyers Manual as well as being a prodigious spinner and weaver.

This year it was on Saturday 20th  and it was very well attended again.  Several guilds attended too: Lavenham, Southend, West Essex and Lea Valley. The cakes were delicious and plentiful too and it wasn’t cold in the Barn this year!

Special Announcement:-

In 2021 our guild will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary!

To mark this milestone we hope to have an Exhibition at Braintree District Museum in June 2021.  We hope everyone will be able to exhibit something so we are giving you plenty of notice. More details will gradually appear in the newsletter.


Our speaker for June was Heidi Lichterman, a renowned weaver who weaves delicate silk scarves and 30ft. Wallhangings!  She gave a very interesting illustrated talk about her work and the Ikat warp demonstration was amazing.                                              Pics on the gallery page.


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AUGUST MEETING;

 At this meeting we will be having a weaving exhibition/competition.  There is no theme so anything goes.  The weaving can just be a piece of weaving or a finished article.  There will also be a shared lunch and a raffle.   

Jean, our membership secretary has small bags of rare breed sheep that some members may like to spin up to a skein, label and bring back to the guild to be compiled into a display that can be on show at our exhibition in 2021.  She will bring them to the August meeting

If you wish to buy one of the fleeces from Jean  please let her know and she can bring it to the meeting.  The fleeces are all shearlings.  The white ones have a staple length of 5 inches and are from north country mules x Suffolk.  The black ones have a 3 inch staple and are Welsh.  Cost is £5 per fleece.


 

 


GUILD NEWS

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It was sad news to hear that Nancy Lee Child, one of our honourable members had died in July.  Lesley will have the funeral details and there will be an obituary in the next news letter.

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Please note the speaker for September Amanda Sutherland will be giving a Talk at 1.30 on the 21st and not a workshop as stated in the newsletter

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