Spinning and Weaving Week

Spinning and Weaving Week is celebrated every October during the first full week of the month (Monday-Sunday)


The crafts of spinning, weaving, dyeing, and basket weaving are as ancient as our history; they are the threads that bind us to our ancestors and to each other. Our crafts know no national boundary. They are a part of the heritage of the world. The Spinning and Weaving Week celebration reflects the truly international membership of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., and the international traditions of our crafts. We invite fiber artists around the world to join together in celebration of our common heritage.



Strut Your Stuff Informal Fashion Show

sponsored by the American Kumihimo Society

All fiber enthusiasts, whether beginner or advanced, are invited to share their inspirational garments, wearable art, accessories for the home, and functional work. Participants are encouraged to model their latest wearable creation or to show their functional designs in this fun and supportive online environment. Participation is free, but limited. The show will begin at 2:00 PM EST on Sunday, October 11, 2020 and will continue until all pieces have been shown.

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Celebrate Spinning & Weaving with HGA

We're thrilled to offer activities and events for seven days devoted to celebrating spinning and weaving. Our programming will educate, inspire, and support the fiber art community. Participation and attendance is free for all HGA members. There is a $5 fee for the Studio Tour events if you are not a member, and because capacity is limited, the members receive priority registration for the Happy Hour events. Not a member? Join Today

Download our Schedule. Please continue to check back as we update the schedule. Spinning & Weaving Week is supported by generous contributions to HGA's Fiber Trust and the donation of our presenters' time, energy and expertise. HGA is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN #06-08661organization. In honor of this event, please consider a donation.

Marketplace LIVE! is generously sponsored by Glimakra USA LLC.


Sun, Oct 11, 2020

All scheduled times are Eastern Standard (EST).

11:00 AM Marketplace LIVE: Lofty Fiber
LoftyFiber will talk about how their technology can enhance your weaving experience. LoftyFiber will give a brief tour of their business and products, including TempoWeave and TempoTreadle. (55 minutes)

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12:00 PM Thread Talks
Robin Lynde: Jacob sheep and fiber

Gigi Matthews: How to create a yarn using unusual fiber combinations

Patricia Martin: All Who Wish May Read. Woven through the Legacy of Berta Frey

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1:00 PM Thread Talks
Carl Stewart: The Great Cloth: Heritage Fabrics and Contemporary Textile Art

Marcy Petrini: Planning Details for a Unique Project

Leslie Fesperman: History of Yadkin Valley Fiber Center

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2:00 PM Strut Your Stuff Informal Fashion Show
Walk the virtual runway! All are invited to share and appreciate each other's inspirational garments, wearable art, accessories for the home, and functional work through our virtual Strut Your Stuff Informal Fashion Show. Conducted through Zoom webinar, HGA members will have up to 5 minutes to show off their work. Do you have any works you created while in quarantine? We would love to see! Sponsored by the American Kumihimo Society.

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3:00 PM Marketplace LIVE: Susan's Fiber
Susan's Fiber will show items that she carries for sale. (55 minutes)

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4:00 PM Marketplace LIVE: John C. Campbell Folk School
Learn about the work and life of Alice Tipton, a first-generation John C. Campbell Folk School weaver. Alice started as a student and stayed for decades as an integral part of the school, both managing the kitchen and weaving beautiful mountain landscapes.

Take a tour of the Weaving Studio during the Traditional Craft Mentorship Program in Weaving. (55 minutes)

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5:00 PM  Closing Remarks
Join HGA's Executive Director, Elizabeth Williamson, for closing remarks.

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Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Tues, Oct 6, 2020
Wed, Oct 7, 2020
Thurs, Oct 8, 2020
Fri, Oct 9, 2020
Sat, Oct 10, 2020

Spinning & Weaving Week Specials, Sales, and Promotions!

October 5-11, 2020

In celebration of Spinning & Weaving Week, these HGA Professional Members are offering sales, specials and promotions. Click on the member for more information and a link to their website. Professional Members: Register your Promotion

This week of specials is generously sponsored by Heddlecraft® Magazine.

Please Note: Sales policies are unique for each member and may be limited to only purchases made October 5-11, 2020. Please check with each member for details.

Celebrating... Share the joy of creativity. Plan group activities, contests and competitions to bring spinners and weavers together to enjoy the common interest and the company of fellow artisans. Share the joy of creativity with all those around you.

The timeless crafts of weaving and spinning... When humans began to make tools and develop skills for survival, making garments and useful objects became increasingly important. Each of our cultures have developed techniques and special textiles that have influenced each succeeding generation. When we demonstrate our crafts, we are sharing our creative history.

Honoring craftspeople, past and present... This is a time to honor teachers who have introduced new generations to spinning, weaving, dyeing and basket weaving. Exhibit the work of those you are honoring; recognize their contributions to the crafts. If you are in a guild that does not have a collection of biographies of members, start one so future generations will come to know their legacy; if you have no guild, pass on to those around you your craft history. Teach our children that these are noble skills.

A legacy of fine handmade textiles... Spinners and weavers cherish finely spun yarn, exquisitely dyed and woven cloth and beautifully woven baskets. Not everyone appreciates that quality or the work involved in the process. We will succeed when we teach the non-weaver and the non-spinner to cherish this legacy. Through exhibits and demonstrations, we can give the public the opportunity to learn, understand, and treasure our rich textile heritage.


Join hands with fellow weavers, spinners, dyers and basket weavers around the world, enjoy the pleasure and the opportunity to learn, as well as to teach. Enjoy the thrill of seeing someone spinning or weaving for the first time. Teach them the pleasure of using their hands to create yarn from fiber, to create fabric from yarn, and to make dyes and baskets from the nature around them. Teach them the cultural heritage of all nations!

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Share your Spinning and Weaving Week ideas and success stories! Call (678) 730-0010 or email HGA@WeaveSpinDye.org.