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Ruby Anniversary Exhibition

Tuesday 17 May - Sunday 14 August 2022

Bradford Industrial Museum

For many years, the Guild held exhibitions, each lasting for a couple of weeks, in the Bradford Industrial Museum. However, the Museum changed their requirements, wanting exhibitions to stay in place for a couple of months or more. A relatively small group such as ours could not cope with stewarding/demonstrating for so long a period of time, even if only at weekends, so we were compelled to look for alternative venues.

In 2012, to celebrate our 30th (Pearl) anniversary, we staged a very successful exhibition at Gibson Mill, in the National Trust’s Hardcastle Crags property, near Hebden Bridge. As part of this event, we issued members with the challenge to create an item on the theme of Pearl, offering a small prize to the piece judged to be the best. Ten people entered, creating a remarkably diverse range of beautiful objects.

For our 40th anniversary, we decided to do something similar. This time, there was not to be a competition, but the Guild created an incentive to participate, by providing materials to anyone wishing to have a go. Each member could choose to receive 100 g of red-dyed Corriedale wool and 50 g of similarly dyed Bombyx silk, a like quantity of undyed fibre (for the dyers to work their magic on), or similarly dyed yarn, for the weavers. People could add other fibres, yarns or accessories, if they wished.

A total of 38 Ruby items were submitted, not a bad haul from 52 Guild members. As always, there was a remarkable range of pieces; it is extraordinary how inventive people are, given that everyone had essentially the same starting point.

As always, the exhibition’s main purpose was to showcase Guild members’ work; a further 60 items were submitted that were not related to the Challenge.

We hope that we shan’t wait ten years for our next Guild exhibition, but also look forward to seeing people’s Gold efforts in 2032!

Demonstrating Events

Bradford Industrial Musuem - Sunday 13th March 1-3 p.m. 2022

Spring into Wool - Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April 2022

Otley Show - Satuday 21st May 2022

Leeds Wool Festival - Saturday 4th June 2022

Todmorden Game and Country Fair - Saturday 2nd July 2022

Weeton Show - Sunday 31st July 2022

Bishop Blaise Festival -  Sunday 7th August 2022 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Masham Show - Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2022

Notice says: Need some fibre-y social time? The Guild and Bradford Industrial Museum have aranged that we can meet every Thursday from 20th January at Bradford Industrial Museum, 10 a.m. till 3 p.m., drop in any time or stay all day

Previous Years

Visit of Bradford's Lady Mayor to our Meeting

A group of people standing around Bradford's mayor         A photo from the mayor's visit

Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate 

              Demonstration of inkle weaving        Demonstration of inkle weaving   



Our Visit to The Wool Marketing Board and Haworth Scouring Mill in Bradford

We had a wonderful day ! 

A large room with big bins in   Large bales of wool stacked up



Our Plant Dying Exhibition and Demonstration at Harrogate Flower Show

Stall at Harrogate Flower Show    Stall showing dyed objects    More objects on display


Lots of Exhibits at Harrogate Wool Weekend

Stall of handmade products       People spinning with stall in the background      Another view of the stall


We were invited to Hebden Bridge Farm to watch sheep shearing!

A sheep being sheared Sheep waiting to be sheared 


This was our Demonstration Day at Bradford Industrial Museum

Two people with spinning wheels                   Demonstration of a peg loom              Woman working at a spinning wheel


All set up for Otley Show

A woman spinning with a stall in the background              Another view of the stall            Bradford & District Guild of Handweavers, Spinners & Dyers banner