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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’s on Saturday 20th July 10:30 – 4pm.  Please bring your lunch and a mug – hot and cold drinks will be available free – cakes for a donation.

There will be a sales table and other guilds have been invited to bring their sales table too.

Grange Barn is a National Trust property and entrance on the day will be free for guild members, so please bring your membership card.  Sign in at the ‘Meet & Greet’ table to receive a ticket as proof that you don’t need to pay an entrance fee.  I would be good if members could wear a badge with their name and guild on it.

Artvango  our speaker for May, produced lots of different effects that their products can make on fabric and many members found inspiration to develop these ideas.  See the Gallery page for photos

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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 is Heidi Lichterman, a renowned weaver who weaves delicate silk scarves to 30ft. Wallhangings!

She is usually  commissioned to weave these large hangings and they often hang in public buildings.   Do take a look at her website(s) to see the scale of some of these.  Just Google Heidi Lichterman weaver to see some of her work.

At White Notley on June 15th Heidi will be talking about and and demonstrating Ikat warping.

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At our next meeting on Saturday 15th June, we are having a talk and demo by Heidi Lichterman on Ikat dyeing.  

If you wish to buy one of the fleeces from Jean Cairns 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.

July Meeting. This meeting will be held in Grange Barn, Coggeshall and is our Friendship Day.  This is an opportunity to sell your work be it a skein of wool or the finished article.  Even items of equipment are accepted   We also request that you bring either a cake,biscuits or scones and a handmade donation for the raffle.

August Meeting  At this meeting we will be having a weaving 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.



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