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What We Do

The main purposes of our Guild is "to stimulate a renewed interest in weaving and spinning and to unite the weavers of our region" by bringing together those persons who are interested in, or engaged in the craft of hand weaving, spinning and other related fibre arts.

We want to encourage public awareness of these crafts in our community and assist our Guild members in any manner deemed appropriate.

In that light, the Niagara Handweavers and Spinners demonstrate their craft at various heritage days and other events throughout Niagara, provide workshops at schools, participate in outreach programs, place entries in Ontario Handweavers and spinners(OHS) competitions including 'Five Counties', and compete in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair's 'Sheep to Shawl' contest.

Learn More About Us

Guild members can be seen weaving, rope-making or spinning at various locations throughout the year.

We have participated in Heritage Day events at Balls Falls Conservation Area, Short Hills Conservation Area, St. David's, the Willoughby Museum in Niagara Falls, Port Colborne's Canal Days, the Beamsville Fair and various malls in Niagara.

Samples of our work have been displayed at the libraries in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Fort Erie and Ridgeway, as well as at our 'home base' the Welland Historical Museum.

Part of our community outreach includes hands on demonstration with public school children taking pioneer studies.