History of the Annual Sale
The annual Weavers Guild of Minnesota sale has been a staple for members and the community alike. The History of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota 1940-1990 by Jean Seeker mentions numerous iterations of a guild sale, including the first guild-sponsored sale in the spring of 1956. At that time, the organization expected each member to donate at least one piece of work, but also encouraged members to sell their own wares, with the Guild receiving 25% of proceeds. In the fall of 1956, they held another sale where the goods were all made from materials provided by the Guild, and the labor of weaving was provided by the members. There was a demonstration area, where community members were encouraged to try their hand at weaving, and then could take home a sample of their handmade work. READ MORE—>
Plied, Dyed, and Woven: Why the New Name?
The Weavers Guild re-envisioning team has been hard at work to refresh and update our annual sale, including considering (and choosing) a new venue and making the sale a shorter 2-day format. One of the things we needed was a new name that would more accurately reflect what this sale is about – you, our members. READ MORE—>
Artisan Sale: What’s New and Different
The new location of the Artisan Sale is in the History & Heritage Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. One of the first things that you’ll notice is the large number of windows and glass doors letting in a lot of natural light. When you walk inside, you will also see that there are clerestory windows adding to that light. With the change in event date to mid-October, there will be plenty of that daylight since we will still be on Daylight Savings Time. Perhaps we will be treated to fabulous fall weather and have some open doors as well. READ MORE—>
We need your help with the WGM 2020 Artisan Sale!
For over 40 years our Guild has held a sale of members’ hand woven, hand spun, and hand dyed work. The annual sale is run by our members and for our members. The massive volunteer effort is what makes the sale so successful, as it keeps event costs reasonable for the Guild while forging bonds between our members. We need your help now. We need seven members willing to lead the event committees, including a volunteer co-chair for 2020. Without a co-chair, the sale can’t go forward
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Our participants and our customers of previous Fiber Fair sales told us they want to see more handmade work: Plied
(hand spun), Dyed
(hand dyed) and Woven
(hand woven) goods. Based on that extensive feedback, we are laser focused on showcasing goods aligned with our sale’s purpose & guild’s mission. All items will be hand made by our members. If you plan to submit your hand-made items for sale, please review the new guidelines
for items offered for sale.