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The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

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Member Guilds of AGWSD

There are over 100 Guilds affiliated to the Association. They are mainly based in the British Isles, but there are also two in Eire and one in France and an Online Guild with members all over the world. Their member numbers range from 10 to over 400 and similarly their activities are very varied.

All land-based Guilds organise a regular programme of meetings with speakers, workshops and social activities and many organise exhibitions and outside demonstrations of their crafts at venues such as agricultural shows, city farms, community centres, stately homes, galleries and so on. Guilds welcome all levels of expertise from beginners to experts and some Guilds have a 'junior' group as well. Guilds usually welcome visitors to most of their meetings.

The Online Guild is organised differently, but still runs workshops for it's members and welcomes all level of expertise.

Some Guilds are involved in local education and a few have their own workshop premises.

If you are interested in joining a Guild please see the 'Search' page to find one near to you. If you can't find a Guild near enough to you, you could think about starting one yourself. Please contact the Association Secretary for information on how to do this. Alternatively, you could join the Online Guild.

Llyn Guild. Annual dyeing picnic, dyes from shrubs and trees. Photograph by Kate Stanton.

National Exhibition of Guild members work in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral in May 2014. Photograph by Marylyn Bennett.

Prince Charles meets Diss Guild at the Royal Norfolk Show 2016

Eden Valley weaving workshop with Jan Beadle, the topic was 'Honeycomb'. Photograph by Heather Seddon

Frome textile workshop spun, wove and sewed this Kimono for Kevin McCloud for his Channel 4 programme "Manmade!" using mostly local produce.

Learning to spindle spin at Hallamshire Guild.

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