Guilds take on technology: The Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers.

From Yvonne to Chris. Silk fusion flowers cover a handmade cream book. All photos used by permission.

From Ann to Marie. Hand-knitted using handspun with fibre from various batts and then plied together.
Polly's notebook to Beth. Needle felted cover using Jacob and Cotswold fleece.
Rachel's book to Jackie. Hand-dyed and Handwoven cover with a Kumihimo braid bookmark.

Many spinners around the world find that they are not within easy reach of other fiberphiles. As technology evolves, we have ever-increasing opportunities to connect with other fiber artists through Ravelry, Facebook, and websites such as Spinning Daily. We can Google techniques and equipment or download DVDs of our favorite instructors.

Can you have a guild experience via the Web? In 2002, the Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers was "established to meet the needs of fibre and textile artists unable to be involved in their local guilds." The guild has grown by leaps and bounds and now brings over 400 members from around the globe together into an active organization. Meetings and workshops are held electronically on the guild's members-only Yahoo! Group. The program for this month is Designing Knitwear, led by Liz Lovick. A full schedule is available on the guild website. More information about Liz's workshop can be found on her blog

The projects shown at left are from last year's Festive Exchange. Members created notebook covers for the December exchange. The theme for 2012 is bags. Check out the Gallery page for more beautiful, inspiring examples of guild members' work.  

The Shorelines Cowl designed, spun, and knitted by Liz Lovick. Copyright Liz Lovick. The Kiltsi Cowl designed, spun, and knitted by Liz Lovick. Copyright Liz Lovick.

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