About the Guild
The Guild aims to bring together, for their mutual benefit, people who practice any of the arts of hand weaving, spinning and associated crafts and to foster and encourage the crafts by instruction, discussion and exhibition.
Meetings take place in the Church Hall behind St Paul's Anglican Church, 205 Burwood Road, Burwood in Sydney on the last Saturday of each month, except December. A brief business meeting starts at 1:30pm. This is followed by an interesting talk on a fibre-related subject.
The Guild Rooms are open before the Saturday meetings from 10:00am. They are also open each Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm.
The Guild Rooms are above the church hall. Here, on Thursday afternoons and meeting Saturdays, you can browse in the library, members may borrow books, equipment and buy a limited selection of yarns, fibres and equipment at very reasonable prices from the Yarn Store. Visitors are always welcome.
We have many looms, spinning wheels, braiding stands and associated equipment for hire by members. Included are tools like blockers, squirrel swifts, warping mills and drum carders that you like to use occasionally but don't have storage space for at home. This equipment is available for use by students taking classes in the Guild rooms.
The library has an extensive selection of books, magazines and some videos that cover weaving, spinning, design, knitting, crochet, felting, basketry, dyeing, and various other fibre arts and crafts. Only members may take books from the rooms.
There are several Guild groups that meet to share ideas and learn new techniques every one or two months in the Guild rooms. The Braids Group, Experimental Weaving Group, Exploring Felt group, Japanese Textile Study Group and Spinning Study Group all welcome new members. Phone or e-mail the Guild rooms to find out when the next get-together will be.
As demand dictates we hold spinning and weaving classes in the Guild rooms for beginner and advancing students. Contact the guild by e-mail, mail or phone to put your name on the student list.
The Guild runs several workshops in each year. These are usually one, two or three day classes covering a specific aspect of a variety of textile and fibre crafts, ranging from weaving to beading to felting to Japanese braiding. Often these are held in the Guild rooms, other times they are held in various venues in the Sydney area. We also sponsor workshops in country NSW. Workshop details are provided each months Guild News.
Each January we hold a Summer School with a choice of workshops in the Guild rooms.
The Guild News is the monthly newsletter of the Guild. It keeps members abreast of the business and activities of the guild and its members and has a comprehensive list of fibre related happenings in the area. The Guild News acts as a clearing house for equipment and supplies for Guild members. Every year we publish a Journal. Back issues may be bought for $12 per copy.
If anyone wishes to advertise in the Guild News, the following scale of charges apply (Members / Non-Members):
Full Page (19 x 27 cm) $120 / $180
1/2 Page (19 x 13.5 cm) $50 / $75
1/4 Page (9.6 x 13.5 cm) $40 / $60
1/8 Page (9.6 c 6.9 cm) $20 / $30
1/16 Page (9.6 x 3.6 cm) $10 / $15
We often receive requests for the address of fibre groups around Australia. As a service we share this information that we have developed over the years and attempt to keep updated.
Membership rates are for one calendar year starting 1 January and ending 31 December.
Overseas Membership — $62
Network Groups — $55
Publication Subscription — $50
City Single/Family — $50
City Concession Single/Family — $47
Country Single/Family — $45
Country Concession Single/Family — $42
Concessions (Student/Pensioner) — $42
Download a membership application.