Members pay an annual membership fee (£10 single, £12.50
family), due at the AGM in October.
Membership entitles the member to:
- Attend monthly Guild meetings for a door fee of £1.50
which goes towards the cost of hiring the room and tea and coffee,
self-serve in the kitchen (bring your own mug!).
- Attend workshops, events and lectures arranged by the Guild.
A fee is sometimes payable.
- Hire Guild equipment. For a small fee members can arrange to
hire a range of equipment such as a spinning wheel or the drum
- Borrow books and magazines from the Guild library (access available
at Guild meetings). Just sign books out and sign them back in
again when you return them the following month.
- Attend exhibitions and events representing the Guild.
- Attend one or more of the groups that meet under the auspices
of the Guild - the Fleece Sampling Group meets monthly at Llanon.
- Receive regular newsletters by e-mail or post.
The Guild was formed in November 1975 (and later affiliated to
the Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers) as a result of the
enthusiasm shown at spinning and weaving classes arranged by Eleanor
Kelsall and John Jones.
At the first meeting the constitution was drawn up:
"The objects of the Guild shall be to maintain and develop
the handicrafts of spinning, weaving and dyeing, to work together
with kindred bodies, and to assist members in selling their work.
To encourage and maintain integrity and excellence of craftsmanship
in handweaving, spinning and dyeing.
To foster a sense of beauty of material, texture, colour and
To provide opportunities for the interchange of information,
for enlarging the knowledge at holiday schools, exhibitions, lectures
and library facilities."
taken from articles in The Dragon's Yarn, Spring 2003
and Tangled Yarns, 1996
In 2005 the Guild celebrated its 30th anniversary with a two-week
long exhibition at Llanerchaeron (a National Trust property). This
was staffed by Guild members who were on hand to demonstrate spinning
and weaving to visitors and sign up a few new members.
New website launched November 2010.
Until May 2012 the Guild met at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, but since
then meets at Ciliau Aeron Village Hall.