The Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild was started in 1945 as just a weavers guild. The guild was started by a group of women who gathered at member's homes to discuss weaving techniques and show their work. The guild is in possession of several of the early samples from the 40's, 50's and 60's .
In the 80's, spinning and other arts were added to the membership.
The guild became a non-profit securing a 501(3)(c) status in 2019. The guild also moved their extensive library as well as their looms and spinning equipment to Franklin Jr. High Event Center, where they hold their monthly meeting, their fiber days and conduct classes.
Our 2022 Guild Challenge was to create something based on the Picasso picture that is shown in the display case. We had 19 members participate and it was interesting to see what others saw in that picture. The guild has access to a display case at Franklin Jr High and it is a great place to showcase the talents of our members. Stop by and see it, it is located in the main hallway.
Who we are
We are a group of like minded fiber artist or want to be fiber artist that inspire each other
Adah modeling her scarf and jacket she wove
All the hats, scarves and mittens the guild members made to donate to the community
A guild member's hanspun yarn
Cherie showing a young man how to weave a magnet during Beaverdale's Farmers Market
A guild members tapestry design
All set up for class at the Iowa State Fair. Guild members taught weaving a magnet.
Diana's beautiful rug she created using the hooking technique
Guild members dyeing yarn during a dye day.
A guild member wove this beauiful towel