Fiber Arts


The Arthurdale Heritage Fiber Guild

The Arthurdale Heritage Fiber Guild is a collection of people who are interested in fiber arts (spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, etc.) and helping to preserve these traditions in Arthurdale. Our meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 6pm in our Loom Room, unless otherwise noted.

You do not have to be a guild member to take a class, but if you decide to continue with learning fiber arts skills and would like the opportunity to consign items in our craft shop, we recommend joining the guild.

Use the links below to learn more about guild membership and sign up.

Fiber Arts Classes

With renovations to our Loom Room complete, we are excited to offer a selection of regular fiber arts classes.  Visit our Events Page to view all upcoming classes and learn about specific classes.

For adults, we will offer introductory weaving Mug Rug classes monthly.  Following a Mug Rug class, you may register for a multi-session first project class in which you will weave a more complex project on a pre-warped loom.  The next level class will be a start-to-finish project in which participants plan a project, warp their loom, and weave a selected piece.  Beyond this, we suggest joining the weaving guild to learn from your peers in the group, though more advanced classes may be introduced in the future.

We also offer introductory spinning classes and single-session fiber arts classes on other forms of weaving, with more classes to come.  For children, we have a variety of introductory fiber arts classes.

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Wedding Dress
Barbra Dorothy Mayor Thompson

Master weaver and homesteader descendant Barbra “Dorothy” Mayor Thompson created this wedding dress for her daughter Sarah in 1968. Using a summer-winter weave, Thompson wove the fabric then cut pieces from a pattern, finally sewing the entire dress together. Even the buttons on the back are covered with woven material.

On loan from Sarah Thompson Fletcher

Future Plans

Our fiber arts program at Arthurdale is small but growing, and we see a bright future ahead!  We hope to continue growing this program over the next several years and are eager to involve our community!

We also intend to expand class offerings and build the Fiber Guild.

Great things are coming in Arthurdale's Fiber Arts programming!  Contact us to learn more and get involved!

If you are an educator looking to bring fiber arts into your classroom, please reach out to learn about our in-school programs that we can bring to you!

"Interwoven: The Fiber Arts Legacy of Arthurdale" Moving to the MAC


We’re thrilled to announce that our Interwoven: The Fiber Arts Legacy of Arthurdale is traveling to the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, WV! The team here at Arthurdale Heritage worked hard to curate this exhibit and we’re so grateful for all the glowing responses it got while it was on display in our historic Center Hall. If you missed your chance to see it in Arthurdale, though, be sure to check it out at the MAC from February 2 through March 8!

Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the Central Appalachia Living Traditions program.