About Us

The Cape Guild of Weavers is South Africa’s oldest guild – founded 24 June 1950.  Our aim is to encourage and promote the enduring and very satisfying crafts of weaving, spinning, knitting, felting and dyeing through the enthusiastic participation of our members. And in sharing a common interest, we break down communication barriers between generations, sexes and differing cultures.

I do regard spinning and weaving as a necessary part of any national system of education.”

– MAHATMA GHANDI

Our Story: Since 1950

The Guild was formed on 24 June 1950 with Elsabé Sauer as its first president. Understandably those early days had their challenges. There were only two weaving teachers in the Cape, Germaine Rouillard and Ans Blok. Looms and other equipment were unavailable. But in the early ’50s thanks to a generous loan by the S.A. Wool Board of 2500 pounds (what wouldn’t that be worth today?), orders could be placed with a local furniture manufacturer to build looms.

These could be bought by members of the guild either for cash or on easy terms. The price of a loom in those days ranged from just over 23 pounds to a whopping 55 pounds

 

Our Mission & Vision

Cape guild has continued to thrive and to promote not only the ancient and rewarding art of weaving but also spinning, knitting, felt making as well as other forms of textile crafts. Its membership is – and always has been – open to all. And at exhibitions, festivals and gatherings its members are often to be seen, a focus of public interest and fascination, as they demonstrate their various skills

 

Membership Info

Membership fees

Membership is open to everyone!

Annual Membership is R300 and includes:
Physical meetings | Journal Club | Library | Guild Shop Access |  Monthly Newsletter

Country Membership is R150 and includes:
Physical meetings (when in Cape Town) |  Guild Shop Access |  Monthly Newsletter

Monthly meetings

We meet monthly from January to November – at 2:00pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Meetings include a lecture, screening or demonstration. There’s ample time to exchange ideas (and library books) and occasionally we’ll arrange excursions to studios, exhibits or other places of cultural interest. 

Guild shop

Members can buy yarn, equipment and so much more, at very reasonable prices, at our shop in Rosebank. 

Development fund

Occasionally, we award funding to support a worthy member who would like to pursue a specific opportunity related to one of our crafts. 

To our Committee

If our members are the weft, these kind-hearted individuals would be the warp of our cloth, since it is only through their generous giving of selfless service that the threads of fibre arts continue to come together, strengthen and ultimately weave a tapestry of knowledge that our future generations may come to know and love. We see you and are deeply thankful for all that you do.

Follow our Threads

We curate active and engaging content on our social media feeds. Explore our Instagram below and follow us at @capeguildofweavers to stay in the loop with regular and, sometime spontaneous fibre art happenings.

Curious to learn more?

We hold monthly meetings for anyone to come and share in the joys of fibre arts. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook so you don’t miss those dates!

Guild Shop Address

Rosebank Methodist Church
2 Chapel Rd,
Cape Town 7700
Rosebank
Get Directions

Guild Shop Hours

First Friday of the month from
12h00-15h00, by appointment
WhatsApp to confirm
 084 505 1449
capeguildofweaversshop@gmail.com

 

Contact Us

For general inquiries
capeguildofweavers@gmail.com

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