KHWS holds monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August, in our studio at the J.K. Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Meetings are preceded by a social time at 6:30, followed by the general meeting at 7:00. Members of the general community are very welcome to attend.
KHWS was formed in 1948 with a mandate to promote the teaching of weaving, spinning and related crafts in their historic, contemporary and technical contexts. Initially members met in each other's homes. As the organization grew, various studio spaces were used, including at one point the attic of Kingston City Hall. In 1973 KHWS moved to the City-owned J.K. Tett Centre, occupying a substantial studio space. The Portsmouth Town Hall became KHWS’s interim home in 2009 as a complete renovation, restoration and rejuvenation of “The Tett” was about to begin. That work has been completed and we now occupy a wonderful, beautiful studio space.
KHWS is one of the largest guild of its kind in eastern Ontario, drawing its membership of over 80 members, from a radius of about 100 km. It is now incorporated under the laws of the Province of Ontario as a non-profit corporation.
KHWS offers workshops, seminars, mentor programs and open studio activities to its members and interested community members, and also participates in a number of City-sponsored events each year. From simple beginnings the Guild has developed into an important contributor to the cultural life of the citizens of Kingston.