History

History of the Rocky Mountain Weavers’ Guild

In January 1953, a group of weavers met to hear Miss Flora Dee Goforth, a dedicated enthusiast of Indian Art. During her talk, Miss Goforth suggested that the group might well emulate an Indian tribe and form an organization for the promotion of handweaving. When the evening was over, a committee had been formed for the founding of a weavers’ guild. Over fifty enthusiastic weavers attended the meeting the following month. The organization was named “The Rocky Mountain Weavers’ Guild.”

Flora Dee Goforth also wrote “Weave It Yourself”, a book that is now available on line by clicking on the preceding title. It was published by the United States Indian Service, and printed by the Haskell Institute (probably Lawrence, Kansas) ca. 1946 (97 pages). It is a basic weaving primer, starting from the parts of a loom, through how to build a two-shaft loom, a reel and other weaving tools, and continuing through how to wind the warp, dress the loom and weave various kinds of cloth.

Today, the guild is incorporated as a non-profit enterprise and is dedicated to the purposes of meeting and exchanging ideas, helping and encouraging all weavers to achieve the highest standard of excellence, conducting workshops and programs for instructing its members, and stimulating public interest and appreciation for the art and craft of handweaving. Meetings are usually held the third Saturday of the month, from September through May.

 

Past Presidents

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