Members of this Guild enjoy a wide variety of fiber arts including spinning, weaving, bobbin lace, quilting, basketry, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking and rug braiding, to name a few.
Our work area is located in the Farm Office Building. This is open on Mondays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for members to come and bring whatever fiber art they are presently working on or to learn new skills in a particular craft. The Guild offers several classes each year for beginners through those with advanced skills.
Members are highly active in charity projects for veterans, cancer patients, hospice, the homeless and educating children's groups.
It was determined that the monthly meetings of the guild would be held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm. with meetings open to the public. In addition to the regular business meeting a program is presented and members bring fiber arts they are currently working on or have completed for a Show and Tell portion of the meeting. Members range in age from babes-in-arms to grandparents. There are currently over 80 members from 60+ families. There are several men in the guild who they take an active part. The membership fee for a household is $20 per year, set by the guild board.
In December 1990, during the Malabar Farm State Park Holiday Tours of the famous park "Big House", former home of Pulitzer prize- winning author and conservationist Louis Bromfield, park volunteer Stan Rickel noticed an old weaving loom in the "big house" basement. Rickel asked Park Manager (at that time) Scott Doty, if the loom could be used by a group interested in starting a spinning and weaving guild, and possibly holding their meetings at the state park. Rickel, with wife Sally and the help of friends who were involved in living history presentations, made plans to see if there might be a local interest in starting a spinning & weaving guild in the area. Working with other living history participants and park volunteers, Ruth and Jack Heichel, Nancy and Carl Ganyard, Jane and Gerald Sargent and Kathy and Don Yockey, an organizational meeting was held with many people showing an interest. The first official meeting of the guild was held in March 1991.