The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

We are often asked advice about the crafts advertised on our website. Whilst we have a good knowledge of most of the techniques, we cannot always claim to be experts.

WSD LogoThe traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing are championed by The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The objectives of this Association are ‘the preservation and improvement of the craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing for the benefit of the public and the promotion of public education in such craftsmanship’.

The Association comprises of non commercial guilds located across the British Isles (see guild map) and beyond, where members can follow the ethos of the Association.

The Guild offers a Foundation Course in Spinning which is designed to provide a better understanding of the craft, and further Foundation courses are being developed by the WSD for weaving and dyeing.

Members of the Association who wish to further their skills and knowledge can study for a Certificate of Achievement. The certificate offers you the opportunity to follow a comprehensive syllabus in Spinning, Weaving, Tapestry Weaving, Natural Dyeing or Synthetic Dyeing.  A Certificate in Advanced Textile Studies, can be achieved by candidates whose work has reached a standard of excellence and would normally follow the successful completion of the Certificate of Achievement. It is awarded in acknowledgement of personal development and study in weaving, spinning or dyeing. You can find out more information on The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Certificate page.

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