Anne Dixon belongs to the Diss & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers. They meet once a month in Diss which is one of well over a hundred guilds throughout the UK. The Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are at the Festival for three days offering free drop in activities for all. You can find more information about these activities here. Anne answered some questions for us about her craft.
What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?
Possibly the rhythm and balance of weaving and braiding – it’s very soothing. Also, a sense of achievement when a project fulfils my expectations.
What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?
Weaving and braiding is a major part of my life. Everywhere there are visual and mental stimuli for new and experimental projects.
What has been your greatest making achievement?
My two books and the great response to them. It is wonderful when you find that others have been helped and inspired. You can buy Anne’s books at these links:
What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?
My 24-shaft loom enables me to experiment and achieve a huge variety of woven designs and structures using all types and thicknesses of yarn. On my inkle looms I evolve designs and investigate old techniques.
What is your favourite making website or blog and why?
I prefer to see thing either actually being made, and/or reading books carefully.
Why do you like being part of the Festival (and formerly of Makers’ Month)?
It is a wonderful opportunity to spread my enthusiasm for my craft. I can answer questions as they arise and people can receive first hand feedback from me.
What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?
Go to venues where people are demonstrating and see if you can have a go! Ask around to see if there are any local groups you can visit or use the internet to find out if there is a national organisation that can give you relevant information. Don’t aim too high to begin with – simply enjoy the experience. Weaving first emerged as a skill in the year 11,000, so you have plenty of time to explore new ideas!
Contact the Diss secretary to get involved with the group firstname.lastname@example.org.