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
02 January 2021 Zoom social gathering
06 February 2021 AGM
06 March 2021 Zoom talk: Katie Weston, Spinning with a Purpose
03 April 2021 Zoom Workshop: Katie Weston, Spinning Thick & Thin. Booking required
01 May 2021
05 June 2021 Skills sharing led by Guild members
03 July 2021
07 August 2021 The summer garden party
04 September 2021 Willow Weaving with Ruth Thompson, Sylvan Skills
02 October 2021 Open Day - all welcome - Warping Demo; Spinning Demo
06 November 2021 Knitting skills: Socks, Fairisle, Steeking
04 December 2021 Christmas Party - Shared Lunch & Quilling