National Exhibition 3-18 September 2022

 “Coal, Cotton, Canals”

Venue Leigh Spinners Mill

Date 3rd – 18th September 2022

The AGWSD is looking forward to welcoming you  to the National Exhibition 2022 at Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh, WN7 2LB.

We are very fortunate to be part of the ongoing development of the Mill as an up and coming Heritage and Community Centre.

The exhibition will coincide with the annual Heritage Weekend.

The theme for selected items is Coal, Cotton, Canals which we hope will inspire you.

The open, un-juried section is Still Waters to be produced within a 6inch/15cm ring. They will need to be labelled with name of entrant and their guild on the reverse.

National Exhibition 2022 General Information pack – Download here

Please note that full details, (forms, etc) of how to apply for either section are available from your guild secretary


Selected Section – theme ‘Coal, Cotton, Canals

Hints & tips

  • Photographs:
    • Good photographs are essential for the selectors to see the quality of the entry. They need to be able to see all aspects of the item clearly.
    • Ensure that the selector will know which way up the item is to be displayed
    • If the submitted piece is a garment, the photographs should be of the completed garment; front and back; if possible on a ‘body’ to show how it fits/drapes
    • Any item that has a selvedge that can be seen such as in a rug, tapestry or scarf should have a photograph that shows all the edges. The photograph should not be cropped.
  • Feelie pieces:
    • Please remember that the feelie piece of yarn/cloth is essential to the judging process. Samples of the yarns/feelie pieces sent with the form should be exactly the same as the ones used in the submitted work.
    • The feelie piece of the work attached to the submission form should be “finished / blocked / fulled” in the way the submitted piece will be.
    • A sample (or samples) of handspun hank(s) should be sent so that details such as a regular twist in singles and in plied yarns can be demonstrated; that is, of course, if the particular yarn requires it. Enough of fancy yarns should be in the sample to reveal its own special qualities.
  • Ensure that your submission form (available from your guild secretary) is filled in completely and that your guild secretary has your photos and feelie piece before the deadline for submitting the item to the selection panel.
  • Please note that the Exhibition committee reserve the right not to hang a selected item.

Open Section – theme ‘Still Waters‘ in 6inch/15cm rings

Still Waters”- a textile piece in any discipline to fit within a 6inch/15cm ring. A metal ring, a wooden embroidery ring or a cardboard circle covered with dyed and embroidered fabric are all appropriate. Everything submitted will be displayed, but it must be not exceed 6 inches/15cms in diameter.

Your name and guild must be clearly marked on the back, and our aim is to have a key so you can work out who has made each piece.

All rings will need a small hanging loop at the top of the ring.


Entries for Selection (feelie pieces and A4 photos) to arrive no later than 3rd June.

Selected items to arrive between 15th and 19th August 2022.

Open Section Rings to arrive between 15th and 19th August 2022.