Vendor: Thunder Bay Weavers & Spinners Guild
Location on Market Map: Upstairs, Booth 31
What’s available? Hand-woven, spun, knitted, or felted garments & household items.
The Thunder Bay Weavers and Spinners Guild has been keeping traditions alive for over 50 years. Since the early 1960’s, spinners and weavers have gotten together to help each other unravel the mysteries of weaving, which is where The Guild first began. Since then, The Guild has become a well-respected, non-profit charity made up of volunteers who love to keep up the traditions of spinning, weaving, and dyeing all types of wool and fibres.
The Guild was not only established for their own enjoyment, however. Many classes and teachings are held for those interested in learning the art of spinning and weaving. Teaching is held at their Guild Room on 330 Toivo Street, more so during the winter months. They welcome anyone interested in taking a class by leaving your name and information at The Guild’s booth.
Many times you will see a weaver or spinner on hand, demonstrating the process to market shoppers on market days. You’ll also find a host of beautiful handmade woven, spun, knitted, or felted garments & household items. From scarves to socks and mittens to shawls, such items make a great gift around this time of year. Currently their most popular items include woven rugs followed by knitted & felted winter wear – hats, headbands, mitts & socks, woven & knitted scarves. Located on the second floor, there is no shortage of beautifully-created items on-hand.
The work of The Thunder Bay Weavers and Spinners Guild has certainly become a form of art amidst today’s fast-paced and technologically-advanced world. It’s old traditions such as these that bring us back that grassroots feeling, as well as many fond memories of a past life. Come out and see for yourself, the tradition that The Guild has kept alive!