The London District Weavers and Spinners Guild is now in its seventh decade. It was on April 22, 1949 that the original London District Weavers Guild was founded. There were at that time fourteen members who came together in a room at the Art Gallery located on the second floor of the Central Library. Their purpose in coming together was the sharing of a common weaving experience and the advancing of interest in the knowledge and art of hand weaving.
Over the course of years, the London District Weavers and Spinners Guild, renamed in June of 1981, has offered encouragement to its members and fostered a sense of innovation within the weaving community. Most noteworthy of the latter is the annual Exhibition of Canadian HandWeaving, which the London Guild proposed and organized for the first time in the winter of 1953. It sponsored this annual show for ten years.
The Guild has met at various sites over the decades. In 2004, the Guild moved to a new home at Hutton House. In the fall of 2012, the Guild relocated to the East Artisans Centre. In fall 2017, another move took us to the Boyle Memorial Community Centre. In January of 2022 we were able to return to the site of the East Artisans Centre, to the newly created East Lion’s Community Centre.
In 2004 the Guild incorporated as a Not-For-Profit organization to become London District Weavers and Spinners Inc.
The goals of the London District Weavers and Spinners Guild remain unchanged from its inception: sharing the experience of weaving and spinning, learning and improving one’s craft and supporting others with similar interests.
The Guild meets the first Tuesday of February, March, April, May, October, November and December, during which time members and guests enjoy lectures and demonstrations. Hands-on workshops and classes are held throughout the year. Weekly informal gatherings in person, as well as on Zoom occur on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings, as well as other special interest groups throughout the week.
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