The Seattle Weavers' Guild began with a small group of Seattle weavers meeting informally in homes. The group grew over time, meeting other weavers through local yarn shops. In 1937 the Seattle Weavers' Guild was founded with twenty-three members. Though the membership has grown to more than three hundred members, the goal of the founding members remains: to further interest and knowledge of handweaving in our membership and the public. The Seattle Weavers' Guild has recently celebrated a 75 year anniversary!
Today, the Seattle Weavers' Guild is an enthusiastic and active group of weavers. We get together to share our love of weaving, inspire each other, and learn new techniques. We have members at every level, from complete beginners to world-renowned professionals.
In addition to monthly programs (September to May), the guild hosts many workshops throughout the year, as well as ongoing study groups, and performs community outreach through gallery shows, public demonstrations of weaving and spinning, and volunteer teaching at schools and hospitals. The Seattle Weavers' Guild has also joined with the Southeast Seattle Senior Center to create a wonderful weaving studio, offering classes for all ages!
Each October, the guild hosts a sale of members' works, transforming our meeting hall into a showplace of textile delights. Whether you're looking for household goods like tea towels and rugs, cozy blankets, unique pet gear, gossamer scarves, or one-of-a-kind art garments, there's something here for you. Proceeds from the sale enable us to bring talented weavers from all over the country to Seattle to educate our members and the public.
The Seattle Weavers' Guild is affiliated with The Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds and The Handweavers Guild of America. Seattle Weavers' Guild members have served in leadership positions in both of these organizations. The Seattle Weavers' Guild is the primary host for the ANWG 2013 NW Weavers Conference, coming June 17-23, 2013 in Bellingham, Washington.