About York Guild

A vibrant group of people of all skill levels who have a passion for learning and developing their weaving, spinning and dyeing or any other fibre craft skills together.

If you are interesting in weaving, spinning or dyeing (or any other fibre crafts for that matter) we are the place to be. Whether you want to learn a fibre craft and don’t know where to start, have got going and would like to progress further, or you have a wealth of experience under your belt we would love for you to come and join us. The York Guild is a welcoming group of people, all with a common interest centred around the fibre crafts who learn and progress together. Our primary aim is to welcome EVERYONE and to assist them to enjoy and develop their fibre art skills via skill share sessions, specialist speakers, Zoom discussion sessions, use of our loan equipment and library, our Facebook group and via friendships formed at our Guild.

Our current home is at the Yorkshire Farming Museum, Murton Lane, York YO19 5UF. 

Currently York & District Guild’s geographic area extends from Hull to Leeds and Harrogate, and up to Teeside and down the corresponding length of coastline.

We are also affiliated to the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers that links Guilds nationwide.

Our Constitution – Updated 23 October 2018

How we Started

In October 1960 a small group of weavers and textile teachers met at the School of Art in York and formed the York and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

The aim of the Guild was to promote the three crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing. However, there are many other aspects of textiles which are of interest to our members, e.g. knitting, embroidery, silk painting, papermaking, crocheting, braiding, felt-making, lace-making, making toys, textile painting, basketry, history of textiles, source of fibre, making the tools of our trade, and of course designing.

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