Durham Guild was founded in 1979 by five people with an interest in weaving and spinning.  Over the years the Guild has evolved and currently maintains a membership of around 40 people with a vast variety of interests and skills. Two of the founder-members still play an active part in the Guild. We offer a warm welcome to new members at all levels of experience, including absolute beginners.


The objectives of Durham Guild are the promotion and preservation of spinning, weaving, dyeing & other related textile crafts and we are affiliated to the National Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers. The Guild is a registered charitable organisation.


We arrange a yearly programme of talks, workshops and other events. The Guild also holds selling exhibitions at various local venues, and organises group visits to places and events related to our crafts, eg. weaving mills, studios, exhibitions, trade fairs etc.

Date Events
18 January 2020 Association of Guilds Summer School: presentation by 2019 attendees
15 February 2020 AGM & Trip to Japan with Susan Foulkes, Durham Weaver
21 March 2020 Cancelled
18 April 2020 Cancelled
16 May 2020 To be confirme
20 June 2020 Skills sharing led by Guild members
18 July 2020 Willow weaving workshop with Ruth Thompson (Sylvan Skills)
15 August 2020 The summer garden party
19 September 2020 Autumn Open Day - all welcome
17 October 2020 Workshop with Freyalyn Close- Hainsworth: Booking required
21 November 2020 Nalbinding workshop with Penelope Hemingway: Booking required
19 December 2020 Christmas Party