The Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo, Inc. was founded in 1968 by a group of 18 weavers who were interested in sharing and expanding their knowledge of handweaving.Over the years, this interest has expanded to include all fiber arts with membership swelling to an annual average of 100 some. The Guild is affiliated with the Michigan League of Handweavers, Handweavers Guild of America, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. The Guild is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Funding for the educational and public service activities of the Guild come from membership dues, monies donated from the Annual Sale, and private donations. These private donations are tax-deductible.
For more on the history of the guild, click here.
Membership is open to the public. Membership dues are $40 per year (June through May). Members receive a monthly newsletter, may use the library and rental equipment as well as participate in Guild sponsored programs such as study groups, workshops, exhibits and demonstrations. All members are encouraged to participate in the Weavers and Fiber Artists (WAFA) November sale (Annual Sale) which presents the public with an image of our organization as one dedicated to quality in design and craftsmanship. More information on the Annual Sale can be seen here.
A monthly general meeting held the second Monday of the month from September through May (except January) allows members to network with other weavers, spinners and fiber artists and to hear a lecture presented by local as well as nationally acclaimed artists. The meetings are held at 7 pm at the Portage Senior Center. More information and a listing of this years' lectures can be seen here.