Guild Charter
Guild Membership and Ranks
Guild Members
Assorted Articles
Registration Forms
Glossary of Terms
Spinning Deities
Fiber Funnies
Who to Contact
Picture Gallery
Resources and Links

The Company of the Silver Spindle, formerly known as the Knowne Whorl Spinners is a Guild dedicated to the art of hand spinning fibers, using handspun yarns to create pieces through various methods of the textile arts, teaching the art of spinning and various techniques of using these yarns, and researching the use of fiber throughout the ages. These fiber arts include, but are not limited to, spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting, crochet, finger weaving, and embroidery. As we are a Guild operating within the confines of the Society for Creative Anachronism, we will keep the main focus on techniques of these arts as they were practiced before 1600.  However, as spinning and the other fiber arts transcend time and place, members are more than encouraged to explore the modern innovations in color, fibers, techniques and styles and share their knowledge and experiences with others.
The seeds of the Guild were sown in August of 1999 with a membership of nine women interesting in learning the art of spinning. Since that time our numbers have grown as our members spread their knowledge of spinning through teaching classes, entering Arts and Sciences Competitions, and sharing their knowledge at fighter practices, demos, and events.
We encourage our members to share their knowledge and love of the textile arts with others through a mentoring program with new spinners, teaching classes on the fiber arts, entering Arts and Sciences competitions, doing research on textile-related subjects, and producing works of textile arts.  Most importantly, we encourage our members to enjoy themselves, the skills they learn, and the fellowship of their companions in pursuit of the textile arts.
The Guild is administered by a headmistress (known as the Holda) and assisted by several officers elected from the Guild membership in order to ensure that the wheel of our Guild spins smoothly. These positions are the webminister and newsletter publisher, known as the Clotho; the Secretary and record-keeper, known as the Lachesis; the Treasurer, known as the Atropos; and the Guild Librarian, known as the Minerva.
The only requirement for membership in the Guild is to have an interest in handspinning and to submit a letter of interest and intent to join to the current Headmistress of the Guild. The Headmistress will then contact the applicant to have them fill out the appropriate membership forms and assist them in learning the art of spinning.
As the member learns the art of spinning and how to apply the various categories of fiber arts to the yarns they have created, there are three ranks within the Guild that the member may wish to apply for.  These ranks are designed to exemplify the level of skill that members of the Guild have attained through their study. These ranks are Apprentice, Journeyman and Master, known within this Guild as Apprentice, Spider and Norn levels. The requirements are laid out here.
The Guild also works to foster contact between its members and information exchanges through a mentoring program, annual meetings, classes and workshops, and a newsletter and e-group list.  We will also work in conjunction with other Arts and Sciences groups to assist in providing the populace of the Kingdom of Atlantia with workshops, classes, demonstrations and other events designed to promote the Arts and Sciences.
For further information on the Knowne Whorl Spinners, or to learn more about handspinning and the textile arts, please contact the Holda, Mistress Siobhan nic Dhuinnshleibe at siospins AT charter dot net or write to her c/o Heather McCloy, 20 Southwicke Drive, Arden, NC 28704.
There is an e-groups mailing list for this Guild. You can access this e-groups web page at: External Link. To ask to join this list, please write to Siobhan above.
To download the registration forms, please choose the format you desire by clicking the assorted link below.
Microsoft Word document (39K)
Adobe Acrobat document (13K)
For documents in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF), please download Acrobat Reader if needed.

Textile resources in Tournaments Illuminated, magazine of the SCA
    • "The History and Use of Cotton" by Laudin d'Ălinor, Fall 1998 (#128)
    • Byzantine Silk Weaving, AD 400 to AD 1200 by Anna Muthesius, Book review by Fiadnata ˇ Glenn └lainn Summer 1998 (#127)
    • Textiles, Cordage and Raw Fibre from 16-22 Coppergate by Penelope Walton, Book review by RoseMary Fleury FitzHugh Fall 1997 (#124)
    • "Floor-standing Band Looms" by Ingvild Josefsdatter, Fall 1997 (#124)
    • "A Thirteenth-Century Brocaded Belt" by Ingvild Josefsdatter, Fall 1994 (#112)
    • "Weaving Medieval Fabric: Wool Diamond Twills from the First to the Twelfth Centuries in Europe", Spring 1993 (#106)
    • Tabletweaving: History and Techniques (book review), Summer 1992 (#103)
    • "A Tablet Weaving Loom", Summer 1986 (#79)
    • "A Thousand Flowers" (millefleurs tapestries), Spring 1983 (#66)
    • "O! What a Tangled Web We Weave: Tapestry Weaving and History", Winter 1982 (#65)
    • "Some Relationships Between Medieval Textiles and Clothing" by Robert Sartor van Pays-Bas, Fall 1981 (#60)
    • "Spjaldvefna­ur: Icelandic Double-Shed Card Weaving" by Brynhildr Kormaksdottir, Autumn 1978 (#48)
    • "A Note on Single Shed Weaving" by Sigismund Wasa Care, Autumn 1978 (#48)
    • "Unsung Uses of the Drop Spindle" by Branwen of Golden Dawn, Summer 1978 (#47)
Periodicals and Guilds
    • Beadwork
      201 E. Fourth Street, Department A-PB, Loveland, CO 80537-5655
    • The Knitting Guild of America
      P.O. Box 1606, Knoxville, TN 37901
      423-524-2401 External Link
    • Crochet Guild of America
      2502 Lowell Road, Gastonia, NC 28054 External Link
    • Handwoven
      201 East Fourth Street, Loveland, CO 80537
    • Knits!
      201 East Fourth Street, Loveland, CO 80537
Whorl Wide Web Links
Assorted Articles by KWS Members

Last updated on 8/22/2010

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