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1969

Summer: HGA was begun by a handful of weavers in the summer of 1969 in response to a need and a challenge. First they got in touch with 125 of the nation's leaders in the fiber arts to determine whether there should be a national guild, what form it should take, and what it should offer its members. By November 1, 1969, HGA had 1,000 members and from the enthusiastic responses the founders received a general pattern was evident of the ways in which a large number of weavers, spinners, and dyers felt a national guild could be of greatest value. 

 

1969

SSD first cover

The first issue of Shuttle Spindle & Dye-Pot is published. It was a 24 page, one-color magazine. Among the committees listed in SS&D for consideration to be established by the Board of Directors were: Slide Kit Library, Swatches Circulating Library and Speakers Bureau, Service & Therapy, Educational Institutions Liaison, Textile Arts Museum Fabrics Manufacturer Liaison, and Suppliers Liaison.

 

1970

HGA-first-logo

First ad appears for the 1972 Convention of the Handweavers Guild of America inSS&D. HGA's Speakers Bureau features Peter Collingwood.

1972

First Convention of the Handweavers Guild of America, called Convergence, Detroit, Michigan. June 8-11. Host: Michigan League of Handweavers. Garnette Johnson announces the beginning of the HGA Scholarship Fund in memory of Berta Frey.

1972

Chairman of the Board Garnette Johnson reports on the success of Convergence 72. She announces that Convergence 74 will be in San Francisco, California and Convergence 76 will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Johnson also announced the new address for a larger HGA office with two full-time staff assistants in West Hartford, Connecticut. Margaret Burlew in her President's Letter asks, "Did you know that each of you belongs to a fantastic national guild whose activities are carried on by volunteers?" Twenty-four HGA State Representatives were listed in the fall issue of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot Magazine.

1973

Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot's first four-color cover and photographs.

1974

Convergence 74 San Francisco, California. July 15-18. Host: cosponsored by the 25 guilds of the Conference of Northern California Handweavers. HGA Board accepts proposal to develop pilot program to determine feasibility of offering a program for national certification for handweaving.

1976

Convergence 76 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. June 17-20. Host: Weavers Guild of Pittsburgh. 

First Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving Examination.

1978

Convergence 78 Fort Collins, Colorado. June 21-25. Host: Handweavers Guild of Boulder, Rocky Mountain Weavers' Guild, and Northern Colorado Weavers' Guild.

HGA Board accepts proposal to develop Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning.

1979

HGA celebrates 10 year Anniversary.

1980

Convergence 80 Scheduled for Miami Beach, Florida. Host: Florida Tropical Weavers Guild.

1981

First Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning examination.

1982

Convergence 82 Seattle, Washington. July 15-18. Host: Seattle Handweavers Guild.

1984

Convergence 84 Dallas, Texas. June 20-23. Host: Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild. 

First Small Expressions Exhibit celebrates HGA's Fifteenth Anniversary. 

Learning Exchange Program starts. 

HGA develops Knot logo.

1986

Convergence 86 Toronto, Ontario, Canada. July 17-20. Host: Ontario Crafts Council and Ontario Handweavers and Spinners.

1988

Convergence 88 Chicago, Illinois. July 7-11. Host: Weavers Guild of the North Shore.

1989

HGA Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary.

1990

Convergence 90 San Jose, California. July 12-15. Host: Conference of Northern California Handweavers, Inc.

1992

Convergence 92 Washington, DC. July 23-26. Host: Baltimore Weavers Guild and the Potomac Craftsmen.

1993

Teaching and Learning Through Correspondence (TLC) Pilot Program Begins.

1994

Convergence 94 Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 7-10. Host: Weavers Guild of Minnesota. 

Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot's 100th issue. 

Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing announced.

1995

Certificate of Excellence in Basketmaking announced.

1996

Convergence 96 Portland, Oregon. July 17-21. Host: Portland Handweavers Guild. 

First COE in Dyeing examination.

1997

First Examination for the Certificate of Excellence in Basketmaking.

1998

Convergence 98 Atlanta, Georgia. July 23-26. Host: Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. 

HGA develops new logo.

1999

The Connecting Thread-first HGA promotional video produced.

2000

Convergence 2000 Cincinnati, Ohio. June 22-25. Host: Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati.

2002

Convergence 2002 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. July 30-August 4. Host: Greater Vancouver Weavers' and Spinners' Guild.

2003

HGA received the American Craft Council Award of Distinction.

2004

Convergence 2004 Denver, Colorado. June 28-July 3. Host: Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild.

2006

Convergence 2006 Grand Rapids, Michigan. June 25-July 1, 2006. Host: Michigan League of Handweavers.

2007

HGA introduces SS&D Online, a digital companion to the print magazine.

2008

HGA introduces Email Newsletters.

Convergence 2008 Tampa Bay. Florida. June 22-June 29, 2008. Host: Florida Tropical Weavers Guild.

2009

HGA members visit KIMONO AS ART—The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota at theCanton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio, in the inaugural Members Excursion.

2010

Convergence 2010 Albuquerque, New Mexico. July 18 - 25, 2010.

2011

HGA members visit Small Expressions at the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, as part of the Members Excursion.

2012

Convergence® 2012 Long Beach conference, California. July 15 - 21, 2012.

201445-year

Convergence® 2014 Providence conference, Rhode Island. July 14-19, 2014.

HGA begins celebration of its 45th anniversary.