West of Scotland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers


Here you can see some of the work done by members of the guild. There are two galleries - Gallery 1 shows the recent exhibition held at the Auld Kirk in Kirkintilloch and Gallery 2 more general work from the members. To see a description of each piece move the mouse over the bottom portion of each photograph and to see a full screen version click the icon at the top right of the photograph.

Some of the work shown may be for sale. If you see something which interests you or would like to commission a piece of work contact the guild and we will put you in touch with the maker.

Introduction to the Exhibition: 'Scotland - its Landscape and its People'

In a country renowned for its weaving, spinning and dyeing tradition members offer their interpretations of Scotland - its landscape and its people.

In the literal sense of landscape, that of McCunn's 'Land of the Mountain and the Flood' and Mendelssohn's 'Fingal's Cave' there is much to draw on - raised beaches, glens and bens, fast flowing rivers, meandering streams, lochs, large and small, miles of coastline, dunes, moors, peat bogs, forests and fields. Beyond that in the metaphorical sense there is the political landscape, presently considering radical change.

Although known for our clans and their tartans, of people there are also many threads woven into Scotland's rich tapestry, all now living in this land but many originally from airts and pairts well beyond our native shores, the incomers. These Scotii, Vikings, Sassenachs, even the Romans and the many new groups settling in Scotland have each brought their skills and traditions in textiles and dress to add to the mix of Picts, Celts and Gaels already here. Nowadays we tend to label ourselves geographically as Highlanders, Islanders, Lowlanders, Borderers or those from the Kingdom. However we think of ourselves there is much to inspire.

This exhibition ranges from dyeing with natural plant material to spun skeins and woven fabrics and much more in this Year of Natural Scotland. The Guild, to mark its 30th anniversary, presents a celebration through fibre, fabric and other media of the essence of Scotland.

Gallery 1 - Exhibition 2013

Gallery 2 - General Work