Kent Guild at the County Show

Kent Guild at the Kent County Show

The Kent County Show is a massive 3-day event held in July at the County showground in Detling. The Kent Guild was invited to take a stand in the main Pavilion, along with other charities and voluntary sector associations, with the brief to devise a display to reflect the theme “Remembering Kent”.

The back of the spacious stand was formed by a stark metal partition wall, so it was decided that this would be best covered with a wall hanging. The wall measured over 3 by 4 metres, so it was a formidable undertaking. One member drew up the overall design, and working from the A4 ‘squared up’ design, cut out paper templates of the features on the hanging for members to take home to work into finished elements. Another member tackled the dyeing of the background in two sections of blue and green, resorting to her wheelie bin to cope with the swathes of fabric. One by one, members delivered the finished elements to be sewn on to the background. In all, thirty guild members used a wide range of dyeing, spinning, knitting, weaving, felting, crotchet and embroidery skills, and we ended up with a truly unique flock of sheep.

The hanging made a wonderful focal point to the stand and was frequently photographed by visitors. We were delighted to be awarded Second Prize certificate in the Charity & Voluntary Section of the show.

The project enabled a large number of guild members to get involved and is a testament to a great team effort. It has posed a new challenge, though - what will we do next year? Helen Mayer