Knitters, Ply-Split Braiders, Potters, Quilters, Spinners, and Weavers
Join our guild! Find your group!
Join our guild! Find your group!
The Craft Guild of Iowa City is a non-profit organization of crafters from throughout East Central Iowa who come together to share knowledge and promote interest in traditional crafts and provide opportunities for creative development. The crafts currently practiced by members include ceramics, spinning, weaving, knitting, quilting, beading and ply-split braiding. Membership is open to those 18 years and older who want to explore, expand and share their skills. Members share in various activities within and outside the Guild to promote interest in their craft and our organization. They volunteer their time and talent by serving on committees, working on Guild projects, sharing in maintenance, participating in local events like the Iowa City Arts Festival and supporting statewide and regional craft organizations. Our nonprofit status prohibits the use of Guild facilities for personal profit and we do not have personal studio work space. Dues and fees are for operation of the house and grounds, class supplies and equipment maintenance. We are 80 years STRONG and still here sharing our craft.
POTTERS HAVE REVAMPED THE STUDIO, Come check it out!
The members of the Ceramics group have regular meetings but the majority of the work is done during individual time in the well-equipped potting studio that includes wheels, large worktables and 2 kilns. Membership in this group costs an additional $50 per year, to cover the cost of firing. Clay can be purchased from the Guild. All members share in general upkeep and maintaining a clean studio space.
On May 1, we began meeting live either socially distanced or outside.
Daytime Knitters meet at the Guild House September-June on the 1st Wednesday from 1-3 P.M.
Evening Knitters usually meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at Panera at Sycamore Mall. The dates sometimes change; please ask to be added to the email list.
The Knitters' Group welcomes members of all experience levels. While we don't offer formal classes, our members are always happy to give assistance to others. Some of our members have a lot of expertise while others are fairly new, so don't feel like you need to be an expert to join!
We sometimes have programs to learn specific techniques, but often simply gather and share our current projects.
Spinners meet at the Guild House or over Zoom from September-December, January-May on the 3rd Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M.
The Spinners' Group welcomes members of all experience levels. Some of our members have a lot of expertise while others are fairly new, so don't feel like you need to be an expert to join!
The Weavers Group meets August-November and January-May on the 4th Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M at either the Guild House or on Zoom. During most months, programs are held after a brief business meeting. Weavers not only enjoy the structure and creativity of the craft, but the support and camaraderie that the group provides. May your warps be straight and true and your wefts be spicy. Please join us!
This fall, the Study Group will begin their study of Lace Weaves. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom or at the Guild House. All members are welcome. For information, contact Lois Lembke.
Quilters normally meet at the Guild House or over Zoom on the fourth Thursday of the month. Any guild member, novice or expert, is welcome. In general, meetings have a combined focus. We share our work, motivate each other, problem solve together, mentor those new to the craft and provide opportunities to learn something new. Jump in or simply watch; participation is always at your comfort level. Come for the quilting; stay for the friendship.