Spinning & Weaving Week
|The crafts of spinning, weaving, dyeing, and basketweaving are as ancient as our history; they are the threads that bind us to our ancestors and to each other. Our crafts know no national boundary. They are a part of the heritage of the world. The Spinning and Weaving Week celebration reflects the truly international membership of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., and the international traditions of our crafts. We invite all weavers, spinners, dyers and basketweavers around the world to join together in celebration of our common heritage.
Celebrating... Share the joy of creativity. Plan group activities, contests and competitions to bring spinners and weavers together to enjoy the common interest and the company of fellow artisans. Share the joy of creativity with all those around you.
...The timeless crafts of weaving and spinning... When humans began to make tools and develop skills for survival, making garments and useful objects became increasingly important. Each of our cultures has developed techniques and special textiles that have influenced each succeeding generation. When we demonstrate our crafts, we are sharing our creative history.
...Honoring craftspeople, past and present...This is a time for guilds and individuals to honor teachers who have introduced new generations to spinning, weaving, dyeing and basketweaving. Exhibit the work of those you are honoring; recognize their contributions to the crafts. If you are in a guild that does not have a collection of biographies of members, start one so future generations will come to know their legacy; if you have no guild, pass on to those around you your craft history. Teach our children that these are noble skills.
...A legacy of fine handmade textiles...Spinners and weavers cherish finely spun yarn, exquisitely dyed and woven cloth and beautifully woven baskets. Not everyone appreciates that quality or the work involved in the process. We will succeed when we teach the nonweaver and the nonspinner to cherish this legacy. Through exhibits and demonstrations, we can give the public the opportunity to learn, to understand, and to treasure our rich textile heritage.
Celebrate Spinning and Weaving Week! Join hands with fellow weavers, spinners, dyers and basketweavers around the world, enjoy the pleasure and the opportunity to learn, as well as to teach. Enjoy the thrill of seeing someone spinning or weaving for the first time. Teach them the pleasure of using their hands to create yarn from fiber, to create fabric from yarn, and to make dyes and baskets from the nature around them. Teach them the cultural heritage of all nations!
Download your copy of the Spinning and Weaving Week Poster. You may type three lines about your event near the bottom of the writeable PDF document.
Ideas That Work - How you can participate in Spinning and Weaving Week
Spinning and Weaving Week is the first full week (Monday-Sunday) in October.