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
20 April 2019 Viking Textiles with Penelope Hemingway
18 May 2019 Beautiful Braids Workshop! Booking required
15 June 2019 Sock Knitting Workshop with Jean Nichols - Booking required
20 July 2019 Spinning Exotic Fibres with Sue Macniven - Booking Required
17 August 2019 The Summer Garden Party
21 September 2019 Open Weaving Day - all welcome
19 October 2019 Blending Fibres with Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth - Booking required
16 November 2019 Tapestry Weaving Workshop with Dot Seddon - Booking required
21 December 2019 Christmas Party - handmade decoration exchange