Our Story

In October 1960 a small group of weavers and textile teachers met at the School of Art in York and formed the York and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

The aim of the Guild was to promote the three crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing. However, there are many other aspects of textiles which are of interest to our members, e.g. knitting, embroidery, silk painting, papermaking, crocheting, braiding, felt-making, lace-making, making toys, textile painting, basketry, history of textiles, source of fibre, making the tools of our trade, and of course designing.

Currently the Guild’s geographic area extends from Hull to Leeds and Harrogate, and up to Teeside and down the corresponding length of coastline.

We are affiliated to the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers that links Guilds nationwide.

Our current home is at the Yorkshire Farming Museum, Murton Lane, York YO19 5UF.