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.

After eighteen months of Zoom meetings because of the restrictions of Covid 19 we are finally able to start face to face meetings again.  However, that hasn’t been the only problem we’ve had to solve in the last year – since our website was deleted in March 2020 we’ve had to build a new one.  So WSD.org.uk remains one of the best places to get information about our latest programme plans as well as Facebook.  Both of these give the email address of our Secretary for further contact.

Date Events
08 January 2022 Revisiting Summer School
05 February 2022 11am AGM & Talk, 1300, Gary Bankhead, Underwater Archaeologist
05 March 2022 Open day & Talk - Natural Born Dyers
02 April 2022 Weaving workshop, Jan Beadle, Booking required
07 May 2022 Drop spindle with Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth
01 June 2022 Darlington Wool Fair in Marketplace
02 July 2022 Wet Felting workshop - to be confirmed
06 August 2022 The summer garden party
03 September 2022 Open day
01 October 2022 Beanie Festival
05 November 2022 Tapestry weaving workshop - To be confirmed
03 December 2022 Christmas Party - Shared Lunch
07 January 2023 Skill sharing