Bradford Guild Of Handweavers, Spinners & Dyers

Meet the Guild & 2019 Chairman's Challenge Joint Winner:  Julie Whittingslow



The crazy loveable lady with the blue hands is our very own and extremely talented Julie Whittingslow who shared the Chairman's Challenge cup with the equally talented Anne Marie Bardsley. Hope your're sharing nciely ladies!!


Craft Hobbies: Knitting, Crotchet, Spinning, weaving and sewing - phew!

Best Slogan to describe your stash: Organised so only I think I know where everything is!

What's your best tip: This is my excuse for not sampling, might as well make something I can use, you can always try something different next time.


Craft History

Started as a lot of people do learning to knit and crochet with my Granny and Great Aunt over the summer holidays. Decided about 12 years ago I fancied another challenge so I bought my first loom. At this point I thought I ought to find someone to support/ encourage my weaving so through a friend of a friend I came along to the guild. I got a great deal of encouragement and useful pointers as well as an introduction to spinning, so the purchase of a loom was closely followed by a wheel or two.

 I continue to weave and spin usually doing at least one or the other on a daily basis. I feel cheated if i don’t get my fibre/ yarn fix. I agree Julie - should be part of our 5 a day!

 What are you currently working on?

A draft from the 8 shaft weaving book by Carol Strickler number 246. I found a great facebook group that shares their weaving from this book so you get a better idea of how a draft will appear. Only wound the warp yesterday so will be on with it later today.


Memorable achievement

Over the last decade my enjoyment through weaving and spinning has grown, particularly when I produced a blanket from raw fleece that I had dyed, prepared, spun and wove. This led to a number of double width blankets, the latest of which I was pleased to jointly win the guild challenge with.


Now to the juicy section - Stash!


Can it fit in one box? Yes it all fits in one box, well a  room is  like a box isn't it!! - ummmm Julie I don't remember sitting in a box to watch TV

Is any of it hidden! No, I have no need to hide my stash as my other half is a keen collector and associated paraphernalia as well as a weak spot for Russian watches.  So I guess it allows for a guilt free stash! - I should say so! 

Will you ever get through it? SABLE - I used to think I had, but weaving seems to be using yarn at a greater rate than I anticpated, so who knows, better buy more just in case



2018 Chairman's Challenge Holder: Julie


This year's challenge was "suffrage" in line with the 100 year anniversary certain women were allowed to vote.


Julie made a wonderful sock blank which was knitted, dyed and painted! 

Here are some of the other creative entries


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