Our Country Heritage Spinning and Weaving Guild meets every month in Mansfield, Missouri. Our purpose is to share information and educate others in our community about the history and techniques of spinning and weaving. We strive to grow in our knowledge and practice of the country heritage crafts of spinning and weaving, and related activities such as natural dyeing and basket weaving. We welcome new members who are interested in learning these crafts or already know them and would like to participate in local events with us!
Soon we will post a video of one of our guild members spinning some wool here for you to see!
Meetings are held the third Monday of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending by 3:00 p.m. There is a business meeting in the morning with a program in the afternoon covering differnet topics related to spinning and weaving. Members bring a bag lunch to eat during the break. Our meetings are located at the Mansfield, Missouri Community Center.
Annual membership dues are $12 per person, or $15 for a family. Membership dues are due at the May meeting. Anyone joining the Guild after October will pay half-dues. Membership includes access to our extensive library of books and videos, and various spinning and weaving equipment rentals for a very small monthly fee. We have several spinning wheels and looms that members of three months or more can rent for the month. This is a great way to learn how to spin or weave, and have access to our wonderful members' knowledge of the crafts! There might even be members willing to give lessons (payments for any lessons are between the two people and not guild related).
As a Guild, we participate in several country heritage events in South Central Missouri. We demonstrate spinning, weaving & bring wool and finished products to show attendees. We all love teaching people from all age groups the wonders of spinning and weaving! New members who do not yet know how to spin are always welcome to come along with us and bring knitting projects, or just talk to onlookers! Not everyone can attend every event, we all have busy schedules, and many of us have farms. But event attendance is our main way of giving back to the community, and is a major reason the guild was formed. We appreciate the hard work all of our members do when packing up everything to demonstrate! It's also a lot of fun!