History of the Seattle Weavers Guild


In 1936 about a dozen Seattle weavers met informally in homes. On January 23, 1937 they
came together at a luncheon in the Dolly Madison Tea Room and founded the Seattle Weavers'
Guild. At first the meetings alternated between members-only and open to all. The meeting
place varied and included the Art Center (a project of Lambda Rho-an honorary art sorority)
the Home Economics Hall at the University of Washington, the Rose Room of the Bon Marche
--a local department store, the auditorium of Rhode department store, the Seattle Art Museum, and various private homes. From 12 to 21 members, to 70 in 1939. Now over 300 and still growing. This page will feature highlights of the history of the Seattle Weavers' Guild.

Member Profile

Grace Denny

Grace G. Denny 1884-1971

Grace Denny was one of the founding members of the Seattle Weavers' Guild. Miss Denny came to Seattle in 1914 to teach Home Economics at the University of Washington. (She was not related to the Denny family associated with the founding of Seattle.) While at the University she was recruited by one of the major department stores in Seattle, The Bon Marche, to write some definitions about textiles and fibers so the store's buyers would know some thing about their textiles. This ultimately became the book known as Fabrics which was first published in 1923 and is now in its eighth edition.

Fabrics by Grace Denny

She wrote textile definitions for the World Book Encyclopedia and for the American College Dictionary as well as many other articles about textiles. She was the
co-editor of the translation of Raoul D'Harcourt's Textiles
of Ancient Peru and Their Techniques

Among her students were Jack Lenor Larson, American textile designer, author, collector and promoter of traditional and contemporary craftsmanship, and Elsa Gudjonsson, former curator of the Icelandic National Museum

Miss Denny retired in 1950. She continued to write,
lecture and travel until her death in 1971.

Notable Events--1937-1938


At the April, 1937 meeting it was proposed that Mary Atwater's Recipe Book be purchased but
the membership did not want to spend money from the Treasury at that time. By September of
the same year, the idea of a library gained support. The Seattle Weavers' Guild Library now
holds nearly two thousand items and is cataloged through Library Thing. Members can check
out items when the library is open during meetings.


In 1938 two exhibits were held, one at the Rhodes Department Store and one at Fredricks.