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The Wiltshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers is a craft organisation that is dedicated to the preservation of traditional textile crafts.

We are currently focusing our efforts on a major exhibition that is scheduled to be held in 2024. This will be an opportunity to showcase the incredible talent of our members and to share the beauty of our crafts with the public.

More details of this exciting project and exhibition can be found below.


The ‘Home Grown Textiles Project’ is open to all members of the Wiltshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers culminating in an exhibition of the work, to be held in Summer 2024. The project aims to give participants at least 12 months to complete their work prior to the exhibition.


The aim of the project is to produce a wearable item from materials only produced or processed within the South West region of the UK. The South West region is defined as the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire (also including Scilly Isles, Channel Islands).

As members of the Guild we already produce many items of good quality, sustainable clothing. However the idea of the project is to focus on where all elements of our clothes come from, as well as to challenge ourselves and extend our own knowledge of our local area, or ‘Fibreshed’.


The aim of the project is to make a wearable garment, examples of this are as follows;

  • Clothing: skirt, top, jumper, coat, trousers, socks etc.

  • Accessories:shawl, hat, gloves

    Items not included in this are: bags, hair items, brooches, jewellery.



To ensure as many members who wish to participate can do so, the project has been split into several categories;

Members can be free to choose their category of entry and also whether they want to make an item of clothing or a wearable accessory. Members are free to make one item or an entire outfit, however it is advised that an accurate record is kept of the materials used, where they have been sourced, preparation methods (either by hand or location of mill/source) and all the steps from start to finish. This information will be used in the exhibition and displayed alongside your exhibit.


  • The fibre must be farmed and processed wholly within the South West Region (see map below)

  • All fibres must be natural.

  • Any dyes must be local and natural ​​ (non-synthetic). Good examples of this would be madder, woad or weld.

  • Any additional components such as fastenings should be handmade or locally sourced.


  • The main fibre must be from your fibreshed but some processing outside of the region is allowed.

  • The items can include additional components such zips, interfacing and lining where local options are not available.


If you wish to, we encourage members to work together to make their items and members can choose to produce items for the exhibition in collaboration if they desire.

Those members who wish to can offer up their skills to others, for example if you are happy to spin or weave for another member. Please contact either Victoria Ross or Kath Steggall if you are able to do this or if you have a ‘skills gap’ that needs filling e.g. a spinner that needs a woven fabric. We will do our best to try to facilitate a collaboration. It is not expected that members learn new skills in order to produce their desired item.


We will collect and add to the resources to help members as we go along. If you have anything to add to this list please let the organisers know.

South-West Fibreshed has several resources on their website for regional sources for materials.


Producers of flax and courses in flax spinning/ processing.

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Guild Member Contacts:

Kath Steggall -

Victoria Ross -

For further information on how to become a member please visit our membership page. 

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