Membership in the CU Spinners and Weavers Guild is open to anyone interested in any of the fiber arts. Dues are $25.00 per year. The fiscal year runs from May 1 through April 30. New members who join after December 31 pay one-half of the membership dues ($12.50). Please send your name, address, phone number, email address and fiber interests along with the membership dues to PO Box 6814, Champaign IL 61826-1083.
Membership Application Form
Download the membership form (PDF) — Instructions are included on the form.
§ Equipment Rentals
The guild maintains a variety of equipment for use at workshops and for the instruction of new weavers and spinners. Monthly rental for all looms, spinning wheels and drum carders is $10, with a refundable $25.00 deposit payable at the beginning of the loan period. Please send email to CUspinweave@gmail.com to get a current list of available equipment.
A comprehensive list of the guild RENTAL EQUIPMENT.
§ Lois Sanders Library
The Lois Sanders Library has a new home, in the Community Center for the Arts, 202 West Main Street in Urbana, and will be accessible to members during the Center’s regular hours. Books may be checked out for one month and may be renewed. The holdings include books and magazines and videotapes on weaving, spinning, dyeing and other related topics.
The Guild publishes a monthly newsletter and a yearbook that includes all programs, study groups and a membership listing. The monthly newsletter archives are available on the guild Yahoo page.
The guild offers a grant each year to assist a member in attending a fiber conference or workshop. All members are eligible and are encouraged to apply to the education committee for this assistance by downloading the application and following the instructions on the form.
§ Show & Sale
Guild activities include the Annual Guild Sale of members’ work each fall. Past sales have included examples of weaving, basketry, soft sculpture, quilting, handspun yarns, natural dyes, jewelry, stenciled fabric items, appliqué, tatting, and stitchery.