Information for Visitors

The Summer School 2019 is soon to take place at Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York YO23 3FR, and as in previous years the School will be open to visitors from 10 am to 4 pm on the last Saturday, which will be the 10th August.

The College lies in extensive grounds some 5 miles to the west of York city centre, directly beside the main A64 road. The campus itself is very compact and is on a level site. It is 5 minutes’ drive from the Askham Bar Park and Ride into York and a short walk from the small village of Askham Bryan to the north.  Car parking is available on site, but please car share whenever possible to save spaces.

On arrival please go directly to Reception, where you will be given a yellow ‘visitors’ sticker, which must be clearly visible at all times whilst you are on college premises, especially if you visit the refectory to purchase food and drinks.  Raffle tickets (£1 each) will also be available to purchase for the chance to win the many prizes that have been generously donated by the traders attending the Trade Fair.  Stewards will be available to direct you to the various locations that are open.


There is the opportunity to see the various classes that students have taken part in, but please be aware that, although open to visitors, the students will still be in classes from 9 am until 12 noon.  The classrooms will remain open for the remainder of the afternoon for visitors to see the achievements of the students during the week.

Conference Hall

12.00 noon-12.30pm Introduction to Certificate of Achievement with Q&A session

12.30pm-1.00pm Foundation courses. With Q&A session

3.00pm-5.00pm Deb Gillanders

Sports Hall – Trade Fair

10.00am-4.00pm with Raffle Draw at 2pm

The always popular Trade Fair will be taking place in the Sports Hall at the college.  All the traders have generously donated prizes for the raffle draw, the proceeds of which go into the Bursary fund for future summer Schools.  Tickets (£1 each) are available to purchase at reception when you arrive or on The Journal stand.


Adelaide Walker
Natural and rare breed British wool tops, books, dyes, spindles, Ashford stockists
Prize Donated:  500g of coloured blend superwash Merino

Airedale Yarns
We sell a wide variety of yarns to get your creative juices flowing! Often sources from textile merchants these can be unusual one-offs and bin ends at great prices as well as beautiful, repeatable yarns in classic blends and weights. We will bring yarns suitable for rugmaking, weaving, macrame, warping, felting, knitting – both dyed and undyed.
Prize Donated:  A selection of weaving yarns

Art-Felt Designs by Nanny Lynn
Saori Weaver, bowls and nuno feltmaker, and I sell dyed locks and fleeces, and some art yarns which I spin
Prize Donated:  A hand felted bowl, using Merino, Masham and silks

Beacon Alpacas
Alpaca breeding & trekking business, Alpaca goods & yarns
Prize Donated:  Beacon Alpaca Walk voucher

Classic Carder
Handmade British drum carders and wool pickers
Prize Donated:  Classic Carder bag containing a Porcupine Quill, Secondary Brush and fibres to card

Don Porritt Looms
Looms & weaving equipment
Prize Donated:  200 Texsolv Heddles – size to suit winner

DT Craft & Design
Dyes (synthetic, natural and kool aid), dye kits, mordants and fixers, books, undyed yarn and fibres, equipment and patterns
Prize Donated:  Deluxe dye kit

Freyalynn’s Fibres
Handdyed fibre, fleece and sockyarn – carefully dyed in beautiful colours inspired by landscapes and legends
Prize Donated:  One of my Hand dyed fibre braids

Halifax Spinning Company Ltd
Various item from the Woolen Mill
Prize Donated:  500g of 4ply yarn in 100g hanks.

Hilltop Cloud
Hand Dyed Fibres, plus a wide assortment of unusual complementary fibres. We have silk in the widest colour range in the UK, and fibres you won’t find anywhere else.
Prize Donated:  Tussah Silk selection pack.

John Arbon Textiles
We are a small scale worsted Mill based in Devon where we prepare all our luxury yarn and fibre top
Prize Donated:  2 prizes – 2 skeins of yarn in a project bag and 200g of fibre tops in a project bag

Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers
The Journal of the Association of Weavers Spinners & Dyers
Prize Donated:  A 1 year subscription to The Journal

Michael Williams – Wood Turner
Drop spindles, inkle looms, marudai, skein winders, great wheel, etc.
Prize Donated:  £30 gift voucher

My fine Weaving Looms
Sale of Toika and Ashford Looms and weaving equipment. A selection of bargain yarns subject to availability and space available.  Pre-ordered yarn for collection
Prize Donated:  2 prizes: £20 MFWY Vouchers

As a Registered SAORI studio I teach the SAORI freestyle approach to handweaving and clothing. I am an authorised supplier of SAORI looms, accessories, yarns and books
Prize Donated:  Voucher for a 2 hour SAORI weaving class

Textile Traders
Hand made textiles from villages and workshops in Asia.  Batiks, ikats, indigo dyed weaving.  Lots of natural dyes, clothes, accessories & jewellery
Prize Donated:  Silk Batik scarf

The Border Tart
I make and sell a range of indigo dyed yarns and fibres. Yarns run from arran to lace and feature natural fibres from alpaca to yak including British wools. I over-dye some to produce a range of complementary shades. You’ll also find dyed vintage blanket pieces, silk hankies, wool locks, carded batts as well as (natural materials) buttons galore
Prize Donated:  A selection of Blue Moon indigo dyed fibres and threads or yarns, plus pretty buttons.

The Mulberry Dyer
Naturally Dyed fibres yarns and cloth, small textile tools including drop spindles, braiding disks
Prize Donated:  Braiding Disk Kit and a choice of 50g hank Yarn

The Threshing Barn
Spinning, weaving tools & equipment.  Gaywool dyes, ply spinning magazine, books, wools, yarns.
Prize Donated:  10 back copies of Ply magazine

Judith Mansfield as Todmorden Books
Hard to find books, magazines and ephemera on all aspects of the textile arts and textile tools
Prize Donated:  A book suitable for the skills at the Summer School

Uppingham Yarns Ltd
Yarn & fibre in many types & colours, mainly on cones
Prize Donated:  £50 gift voucher

Wheeldale Woolcrafts
Hand dyed fibres, silks and effects, merino blends, dyed merino, natural British breeds tops, extra good value bundles of merino, hand dyed Yorkshire spun yarn, some are fibres from my own flock of rare breed sheep, kits
Prize Donated:  500g of merino in dark grey, 100g merino blend, 100g painted top, 25g hand dyed fleece and 10g hand dyed nepps. In coordinating colours

Willo Fibres
Natural dyes & mordants, Kemtex acid dyes, Plant fibre tops, and a range of natural coloured tops.  A selection of equipment
Prize Donated:  Natural dye pack containing mordant and 2 natural dyes

Wiseheart Studio / Wild Spinster
Weaving and hand-dyeing studio, supporting local and independent farmers, producers and artisans.
Prize Donated:  Two hand woven tea towels