All the details about your Guild that appear on this website are held on a database. Your Guild secretary can update the details by logging into their admin area and entering the Guild username and password. It would help greatly if you could email the Association Secretary if your Guild has changed contact details so we can ensure the information is correct on the website, and any details published in The Journal.
If you have a new secretary, contact the previous one and ask for the log in details. If for any reason s/he is not available, contact the Association secretary who will send new details.
If you are a retiring secretary, please pass on your log in details and the User Guide to your replacement.
To find your nearest Guild, please see The Guilds page where there is a full list, plus a map. You can also search for specific Guilds by selecting “Guild Search”. Most Guilds welcome visitors so you can go along to a meeting to find out more. You will be able to find contact details for Guilds within the Search area.
The AGWSD is the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The Association doesn’t have individual members. Guilds join the Association and as a result their members benefit from the services AGWSD provide.
Each member Guild has its own structure and membership fee. You can find a list and a searchable map of Guilds on our The Guilds page.
If the Guild needs a copy of the umbrella Public Liability Insurance certificate, you can download the certificate from the GIH. Remember that it will only be valid if your Guild has paid it’s annual subscription.
You can find the GIH link on the Members page.
If your event is organised/spondored by a member Guild, please contact the Association newsletter editor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If the event occurs before the newsletter is due to be sent out, it may be included.
We do not take external advertising on our website.
The Journal does take paid adverts – please refer to the ‘ADVERTISE WITH US’ option under the Journal menu
If you would like to advertise directly to Guild members, we suggest you contact your local Guilds directly – please see The Guilds search page for a map and list of Guilds.
We suggest you contact your local Guild as a starting point. Guilds often run workshops for beginners or can tell you about courses in your area.
To find your nearest Guild, please see The Guilds search pages where there is a full list, plus a map. Most Guilds welcome visitors so you can go along to a meeting to find out more.
The Association helps by providing you with access to a large and growing set of resources based on the needs and experience of over 100 member guilds. See the About page on this website. This ranges from the documentation you will need to get started (things like a constitution) to a dedicated simple to update web-page.
After the 2018 AGM it was decided that the minimum number of members needed to set up a new guild to be affiliated is now just 3. Please contact the Association Secretary for any help in setting up a new Affiliated Guild.
The Association also acts as a central resource such that an individual craftsperson can find a local guild to work with.
Contact the Association Secretary for more information.
Please see the Certificates page of this website for a short description of the Certificate of Achievement and the Foundation Spin Certificates. We are in the process of adding certificate courses so do please keep an eye on the website for details.
Please see the SUBSCRIBE menu option under The Journal heading on this site
Alternatively, if you belong to a Guild, you can purchase a subscription through them.
If you are looking for a hand spinner, you could contact your local Guild(s). See The Guilds Search page to find them.
If you want a machine spinner then you could search on the internet for ‘UK Commission spinners’ or ‘UK small fleece processor’ or look on the UK Fashion and Textile Association website or the Weaveshed directory of Yarn Suppliers and Spinners .
If you have a few fleeces you wish to sell to Guild members, you can find your nearest Guild by using the map on our Guild Search page. The Association does not purchase on behalf of member Guilds. The Association has both a Twitter and Face Book account so you could try posting on these feeds.
We do not take external advertising on our website, nor do we include such adverts in our members’ newsletter.
The Journal does take paid adverts – please see ‘ADVERTISE WITH US’ under The Journal menu on this site.
If you would like to sell your item directly to a Guild member, we suggest you contact your local Guild – please see The Guilds search page for a map and list of Guilds. The Association does not buy items on behalf of its members and neither can we provide any valuations.
There are many places to sell items on the internet, including speciallised websites such as The Loom Exchange.
I’m sorry, the Association does not hold the type of records you need. We were founded in 1955 with the aim of helping bring together the community of craft Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. We have over 100 member Guilds all over the UK and overseas.
You could try contacting some of the Guilds in the area you are interested in – please see The Guilds pages on this website for details of all Guilds.
The Association Archive is housed in York Public Archive, York Explore Library Learning Centre, Museum Street, York. YO1 7DS and is available to view by appointment. Please contact their Archivist for help.
Good luck with your search.