In 1971, six people took a Vermont Extension Service weaving course in Bennington. When the course ended they formed the Green Mountain Weavers and Spinners Guild in order to encourage one another to continue their self-education. Since that time, Guild membership has grown to include spinners and weavers at varied levels of experience who come from eastern New York, northwestern Massachusetts and southwestern Vermont.
Guild members include both male and female weavers, spinners and students of the fiber arts. Members’ interests range from Navajo textile weaving, to spinning llamaand alpaca, sheep wool and cotton; weaving Shaker reproduction textiles, weaving with chenilles, linen and other fibers; learning about the history of hand-produced textiles, developing personal libraries on textiles and related subjects such as dyeing, clothing construction and fabric design.