If you know of any other spinning or weaving groups in Devon, please contact us so that we can add to our list.
If you would like to learn or practise the crafts of hand-spinning or hand- weaving, there are a number of places to do this. Several groups in the county meet once or twice monthly, or even weekly and, although these smaller groups operate independently, many of their members also belong to the Guild. They are all friendly and welcoming and are glad to meet newcomers of all abilities.
Spinning groups (and crafts groups that include spinners) meet at the following places:
AXMINSTER - 'By the Loom' MeetingS: 10.30am-3pm on the second and last Friday of each month Venue: Axminster Heritage, Silver St. Axminster Contact: Jane - Tel: 01404 831207 See website for details of courses run by this group; axminsterheritage.org/events/ Learn or improve your spinning and weaving skills in a Historic building with original Dye House. Spare spinning wheels and free tuition.
SANDFORD SPINNING GROUP Meetings: 1.30-4.00pm on the fourth Thursday of every month (except December) Venue: Sandford Parish Hall, Fanny's Lane, Sandford, Crediton, EX17 4NA Contact:Sarah A small, friendly group who are happy to welcome new members and to offer help and advice to beginners. Workshops in related crafts (e.g. dyeing) are occasionally organised.
DALWOOD SPINNERS Meetings: 2.00-4.30pm every Thursday Venue: Methodist Church Room, Dalwood, near Axminster. Contact: Jane - 01404 831207 All welcome, spare spinning wheels , free tuition.
DALWOOD STITCH & BITCH Meetings: 8.00pm on the second and last Thursday of each month Venue: Tuckers, Dalwood, near Axminster Contact: Jane - 01404 831207 Craft group meets in the local pub to get creative - informative, supportive and FUN.
NORTH DEVON SPINNERS Meetings: 10.00am - 4.00pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month Venue: The Manor Hallin Berrynarbor (between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe). Manor Hall is well signposted: it is in the centre of the village, behind the Church and has a small car park. Further parking is available in the village car park 200yds away. Contact: Barbara Jones 01271 324480 Tea, coffee and cake are available but please bring your own packed lunch.
ROUSDON Meetings: 1.00 - 4.00pm every Wednesday in 'summer time', 1.30-3.30pm in 'winter time'. Venue: Peek Hall, Rousdon,near Lyme Regis Contact: Brenda Patten: 01460 221833 or Norma Sanders: 01460 432063
SPIN A YARN Meetings: 6.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month Venue: Spin A Yarnshop, Fore Street, Bovey Tracey Contact:
STICKLEPATH Meetings: 2.00 - 4.00pm alternate Wednesdays (i.e. Wednesday 14th June onward, fortnightly) Venue: Bert Stead Room, Sticklepath Village Hall (near Okehampton) Contact: Sue Pritchard Tel: 01837 840613 / e-Mail: email@example.com
TEDBURN ST MARY Meetings: Anytime between 10.00am - 4.00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month Venue: Tedburn St Mary Football Club Contact: Mary Mallett (01392 254676)
WELCOMBE SPINNERS Meetings: 10.30am - 3.30pm every Monday Venue: Meddon Village Hall, near Bideford Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Link This well established group shares interests include spinning, weaving, natural and synthetic dyeing and feltmaking. They organise an interesting programme of visiting tutors, share their skills and exhibit and demonstrate locally.
Weaving courses for beginners, as well as intermediate & experienced weavers, take place at the historic Coldharbour Mill at Uffculme, near Cullompton on Thursday & Fridays (in term time), with occasional workshops at Easter and in the summer. For more information, email the tutor; email@example.com or phone her on 07527 248178.
The Devon Adult & Community Learning service sometimes runs hand-weaving courses; for up-to-date information telephone MyDevon on 0845 1551014 or enter 'weaving' in the course finder of the Adult Learning section of the Devon County Council website.