The Genesee Valley Handspinner's Guild was formed in 1985. Small at first, it has grown over the years and now boasts over one-hundred thirty members who have many and varied talents in spinning.
As a guild, we focus on preserving this ancient craft by learning all we can about the various aspects of spinning and related skills such as dyeing and animal husbandry, and by constantly looking to enlarge our membership by introducing spinning to the general public and inviting people to learn to spin wherever we go.
We also focus on improving our own skills by having programs on various aspects of spinning at some of our monthly meetings, with our own members giving us the benefit of their expertise, and also by having special workshops with well-known spinners such as Rita Buchanan, Patsy Zawistoski and Celia Quinn.
Another focus of our guild is sharing, both what we know by having a mentoring program for our guild members, and what we do by having a show-and-tell at every meeting where we get inspiration from seeing what each of our members is working on, and we receive encouragement for our own work.
Our newsletter and website keep members up to date about guild activities; our own Fiber Arts Festival brings vendors from all over the Eastern US; our library is extensive and will keep growing; our charity project, Warm Extremities, is the way we help others in need. We strive to be an active organization, not a passive one, and we encourage all our members to take part in everything we have to offer.
Anyone interested in spinning is always welcome to attend a
meeting to see if you'd like to be a part of our group. You don't need to know how to spin to come. Just let someone know you're visiting so we can greet you properly, show you around, and get you information on how to join.
Guild Member's sites
Patterns and Ideas
Fiber Festival Site
Join the Guild
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Last updated: March 17, 2007