Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild, Inc. is a 501 C3 corporation. Its purpose is to promote interest and skill in weaving and spinning by making available knowledge, instructions, training and inspiration throught workshops, exhibits, public meetings and other activities.
We represent Central Phoenix, Arizona and we are a member of the Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners Guilds.
The Guild is dedicated to the promotion of interest and skill in handweaving and spinning. To achieve these goals the Guild sponsors lectures, programs, workshops, exhibits and other activities designed to provide knowledge, support and inspiration to all who are interested. Guild members take active part in demonstrations of weaving and spinning skills at schools, public meetings, craft fairs and civic events. the Guild welcomes members at all levels of skill from novice to professional.
The focus of this organization is to increase the popularity of our common interests. We encourage new and existing members so we will be able to grow and expand and learn new and diverse fiber skills. We want to have fun while we are together and working on projects. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger
The Desert Weavers began with two people getting together. Mrs. Lucy Galbraith, who was doing some weaving, learned that Mrs. Mary Stone had been weaving since 1935. The two ladies got together for discussion and mutual help. Others joined in for monthly meetings in 1947.
The Desert Weavers had an exhibition, demonstration, and program at the Heard Museum Auditorium April 23, 1948.
The dues for the 29 members at the 1951 meeting were $1.50 and officers were first elected in that year.
In 1973 the Desert Weavers changed their name to the Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild because the Guild now included not only weaving but also other fiber arts.
At our regular meetings, educational programs are presented and guest speakers are featured. Workshops by nationally recognized artists are held each year. The Guild also continues to demonstrate at the Arizona State Fair, which we have done since 1951.
The Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild offers unlimited opportunity for learning and enjoying the company of people with like interests.