Words by Jennifer Shuster

The Seattle Weavers' Guild began with a small group of Seattle weavers meeting informally in homes. The group grew over time, meeting other weavers through local yarn shops. In 1937 the Seattle Weavers' Guild was founded with twenty-three members. Though the membership has grown, the goal of the founding members remains: to further interest and knowledge of handweaving in our membership and the public. The Seattle Weavers' Guild is among the five largest guilds in the country, consisting of well over 300 members. It recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary!

The Seattle Weavers' Guild is an enthusiastic and active group of weavers. We get together to share our love of weaving, inspire each other, and learn new techniques. We have members at every level, from complete beginners to world-renowned professionals.

In addition to monthly programs (September to May), the guild hosts many workshops throughout the year, as well as ongoing study groups.

Covid 19 Update

The Seattle Weavers' Guild is not meeting in person at this time. We will be holding our monthly meetings online via zoom. Members will be provided the information to join the guild meetings via email and the monthly bulletin.

Guests are welcome, please contact programs@seattleweaversguild.com for more information.

By way of our many outreach activities, the Seattle Weavers' Guild fulfills its mission to promote interest in handweaving in the community through education, instruction, research and service. Guild members participate in gallery shows and hold public demonstrations of weaving and spinning. You may have seen us at Folklife, the Vashon Sheepdog Classic or the Puyallup Fair. Members also volunteer to teach at schools and hospitals. We have a regular weaving program for patients and families at Seattle Children's Hospital. In addition, the Seattle Weavers' Guild has joined with the Southeast Seattle Senior Center to create a wonderful weaving studio, offering classes for all ages!

Each October, the guild hosts a sale of members' works, transforming our meeting hall into a showplace of textile delights. Whether you're looking for household goods like tea towels and rugs, cozy blankets, unique pet gear, gossamer scarves, or one-of-a-kind art garments, there's something here for you. Proceeds from the sale enable us to bring talented weavers from all over the country to Seattle to educate our members and the public.

The Seattle Weavers' Guild is affiliated with The Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds and The Handweavers Guild of America. Seattle Weavers' Guild members have served in leadership positions in both of these organizations.