Whidbey Weavers Guild is a community of fiber artists. It is a dynamic organization dedicated to providing an environment instilling interest, stimulation and education in the fiber arts. Membership extends well beyond Whidbey Island to throughout the Puget Sound, Admiralty Inlet and the Straits of Juan de Fuca region. Members come from seven counties and one province.
The current members range from beginner to production weavers and fiber artists, some of whom are nationally-recognized artists and teachers. The large spinning community has members who raise sheep, alpaca, llamas, and dogs for fiber.
Meetings are on first Thursdays, 10 - 2:00, Pacific Northwest Art School (formerly Coupeville Arts Center), 15 NW Birch St, Coupeville, Washington. The Art School is located 1 block off of N Main St. heading to Coupeville town center.
Committees of volunteers organize activities and participate in demonstrations. Officers are elected in odd-numbered years for a term of two years. The Guild annual year is July to June. Our meetings include a business discussion, and the program is typically given after a break for a bag lunch. Whidbey Weavers Guild is famous for supportive and constructive interest in members work at show and tell. The extensive Guild library is open at the Art School on meeting and other days as announced. Workshops throughout the year provide technical knowledge. Study funds and a grant are awarded annually for classes and for independent study. The guild enjoys several study groups for weaving, spinning, and other fiber art forms.
Outreach efforts each year include the Island County Fair with a large display of juried weaving, dyeing, surface design, felting, basketry, spinning and handspun knitted items. Looms are warped for people to weave and spinning is demonstrated.
Guild members also teach, demonstrate or hang displays in libraries, shops, theaters and festivals on Whidbey Island, Fidalgo Island, the Olympic Peninsula or wherever we are asked to provide fiber art in the region.
The Guild helped organize the Coupeville Art Center and continues to support it as the Pacific Northwest Art School. Our annual Uncommon Threads exhibition and sale of fiber art is held at Greenbank Farm the first Friday and Saturday in November.
An auction of member-donated yarn or equipment at the December potluck meeting is the only fundraiser of the year.
The Guild hosts a two-day communal Spin-In on the first weekend of April with a lecture, teaching session and vendors for a large audience drawn from neighboring states and Canada.