The Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild is a group of fiber artists and enthusiasts who gather together to socialize, learn, and create. Weaving, spinning, and working together on projects are the focus of the Guild, and new members are always welcome. You can take a class, learn new techniques, and hone your skills in their studio.
The studio is situated in the basement of the historic Bisbee Community YMCA at 26 Howell Avenue. In case you’re not a local, that’s a 2-minute walk from the Toland Adobe, our Bisbee vacation rental home, in historic Old Bisbee. There’s a kitchen for fiber dyeing, many looms for weaving, and sewing machines and worktables. It’s more than just a work space; it’s a sanctuary where creative people can come together and develop their skills. There is also a store where Guild members can sell their completed works, and visitors can check out the items on display.
The Guild holds meetings September through May, on the first Monday of each month (unless that Monday is a holiday, in which case the meeting will be held the second Monday that month). They welcome visitors, so even if you’re from out of town, come in and meet your fellow fiber lovers. Social time begins at 6:00, and it’s the perfect opportunity to exchange ideas and connect with others. Annual membership costs are very affordable, so you live in the area, you will certainly want to join.
The Guild was founded by Joan Ruane, a local spinning instructor (http://www.cottonspinning.com) who specializes in cellulose fibers. Joan is still actively involved in the Guild.
If you are interested in learning a new craft, the Guild regularly offers classes on a variety of techniques. Classes are open to both guild members and members of the public, but they do fill up fast. Here you can learn weaving, felting, knitting, spinning, and dyeing. You don’t need to be an experienced fiber artist to take a class, and it’s a great opportunity to try something new and learn from talented individuals.
Stop by the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild in historic downtown Bisbee. Whether you are an experienced artist, or just someone who appreciates beautifully crafted fiber art, you’ll enjoy a visit to their studio and shop.
This post was posted in 2015 and was revised for 2017.