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Welcome to the Bucks Guild

A message from our Chair, Freya Barcock-Jones, January 2019

My what a year we’ve had, The Bucks Guild started 2018 facing a bleak outlook but with the hard work and passion from the members both past and present we have been able to turn what seemed an impossible task into a very happy outcome. Continue reading “Welcome to the Bucks Guild”

Encouraging the next Generation… Demonstration at Elangeni School, Amersham

Report by Maggie Brooks

Last Friday, 22nd November 6 of us met at Elangeni School, Amersham to introduce some practical textiles into the curriculum for year 5.  This is the sixth year Marjorie has done this at the request of the school, it was my first time and I enjoyed it.

Marjorie started with a short introduction to different types of fibres with an excellent range of samples for them to feel, Beverley showed how to create a thread with a drop spindle, Steph showed how the spinning wheel worked,  Mavis introduced them to Viking braiding and Arianna demonstrated weaving. Then it was time for them each to try.

While they were waiting their turn, each had some Viking braiding to be getting on with and some got remarkably tangled up with it, but the overall response was great.  Some even gave up some ‘playtime’ to make sure they had their turn. The end result was that each of them went away with a bit of spun thread, a section of weaving, plain weave and twill, and the beginnings of some Viking braid.  The teachers will be able to build on these in their classes. 

It gave us the chance to talk to the children and ask them if they had seen spinning and weaving at museums, had they got grandparents or great grandparents who had been weavers, what did they think of the colours (each could choose their weft and the warps were brightly coloured).  At a time when schools are so short of time to do anything creative, it gave them chance to ‘do’ something. The teacher did comment that practical skills are diminishing as children spend more time on computers.

Marjorie did a huge amount of preparation – threading up looms, preparing spools for the weft,  sorting out samples and being the main contact, and gave us all a delicious lunch!! 

The school has sent the Guild a generous financial contribution in thanks for this.

 To raise the profile of the Guild I wonder if there are any more of our members who have contacts with schools who would welcome doing something like this.

Marjorie Waye,  Beverley Thompson, Stephanie Robinson,  Ariana Odell, Mavis Hands, Maggie Brookes  November 28th 2019

Report on Oxford Guild’s Fleece to Finished Garment Day

Wendy Fowler, July 2018

On 21st July I went to the Oxford guild to take part in their fleece to finished garment day. This was held at one of the members farms at Chilton near Thame. What a beautiful venue and the weather was amazing.

Continue reading “Report on Oxford Guild’s Fleece to Finished Garment Day”

Guild AGM – 20 Jan 2019

As part of  the meeting on 20 Jan when we welcome Alison Ellen we will be holding our AGM. 

Would Members please complete nomination forms for the Committee to be voted in at the AGM on 20th January 2019 at 11AM) .We strongly urge you to all attend the AGM.  This is the time where we make decisions for the year ahead and we need your voice, your opinion and your votes.  

If you have not already done so you can download the nomination form and return to secretary@buckswsd.org.uk by the end of December

‘Colours of Peru 2018’

Helen Munday

Those of you who know me know that I do like a bit of colour in my Sketchbook and weavings. When I read in ‘The Journal’ earlier in the year that there was going to be an exhibition called ‘Colours of Peru 2018’ showing Maximo Laura’s tapestries in June I immediately put the date in my diary so that I would not miss this opportunity to indulge my love of colour. Continue reading “‘Colours of Peru 2018’”