northern U.K.

I need to decide whether or not to accompany my husband on a trip to Durham and Leeds in England for the first ten days of September. I don't think that I have ever been to either of these cities. Suggestions? I do a little spinning and more dyes but focus on weaving. I have been weaving since 1967 and teach workshops, write articles, etc.

Bonnie Inouye


Posted on Thu, 07/22/2010 - 08:35

Hi Bonnie,

I live in the northern region of the UK (just moving from York to Sheffield).  I can reccommend a few good links to get you started on making some textile connections here.  In Durham and Bradford (near Leeds) there a two very dynamic guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers who would welcome you to their meetings, or give you more suggestions of what to see and do in the area.  The Bradford guild meet at the Bradford Industrial Museum, which is worth a visit.   There is a lot of textile heritage in this region.  You will have a good time. 

Here are some links.  I hope you find them useful.

Jacqueline James  University of Leeds International Textile Archive
Bradford Industrial Museum (near Leeds)
Bradford Guild of Weavers, spinners & dyers (near Leeds)
18 September - Skill Sharing Day: spin and chat.
Durham Guild of Weavers, spinners & dyers
Sep.2 - Cia & Wenke, 'Scandinavian Weaving' 'Old & New Scandinavian Style'
Association of guilds of weavers, spinners & dyers