Youth Fiber Art Guild™
In the old days, guilds were secret societies, but not any more — anyone can join! Introducing Youth Fiber Art Guild™, a once-a-month educational activity club for children ages 9 and up, brought to you by Textile Center.
About the Youth Fiber Art Guild™
Here’s how it works: Every month, each Guild member receives an exciting new kit packed with tools and materials to make a unique fiber art project! By following our simple instructions or online videos at home, your child will be amazed at their own talent and confidence!
A membership includes 6 kits sent over the course of 6 months, with illustrated guidebook, materials, instructions, online demos and more, including shipping. Invite a friend to join and make your own guild!
*Kits are subject to change
What is a Guild?
A guild is similar to a club. Long ago, guilds were groups of people who practiced a trade (like metalworking) and they would keep the methods of their work, top secret. (Up to 1,000 years ago!) Today guilds get together to learn about a common interest, make friends, and enjoy the love of their craft!
Why start a Guild?
The Youth Fiber Art Guild™ offers a unique way of learning through hands on projects. Our guild format allows youth to develop leadership and teamwork skills while they grow confidence in their own creations. Since textile arts are not usually part of school curriculum, the Youth Fiber Art Guild™ gives children a chance to slow down, focus, and experience the therapeutic qualities of the art form.
What does a Youth Fiber Art Guild™ 6 Month Subscription include?
A $85 subscription is for one child and it includes:
- GUIDEBOOK: At the beginning of your membership you will receive a guidebook that contains instructions on how to set up a guild, elect leaders, information on fiber art, games, and more!
- 6 MONTHLY KITS: Explore a new fiber art technique every month! Inside each kit are the materials you need to create an exciting project. All projects come with easy to read instructions to help you create an extraordinary piece of artwork. Shipping is included– all kits will arrive in the mail at the beginning of each month.
For what ages is the Youth Fiber Art Guild™ appropriate?
Our kits are developed to appeal to boys and girls in 4th and 5th grade and may appeal to children near that age range. Each kit comes with enough materials to customize your project, offering a unique outcome for each child.
Can I buy just one subscription?
Yes, our subscriptions and limited editions are for single purchase or groups. Please contact us for more information.
How do I go about setting up and running a Guild as part of the subscription?
Once you purchase subscriptions for your youth, you will need to pick out when to hold the Guild meetings. We recommend meeting for two hours once a month or as needed.
During the first meeting, your Guild can elect a president and vice president to lead the group. They are in charge of running each meeting, giving out kits, helping friends create, and asking an adult for help when needed. We recommend that if your group has over 10 students, you have an additional adult helper.
What happens at a Guild meeting?
We recommend this layout:
1) Introduction of people – members introduce themselves and share a few fun facts about their interests
2) Show and tell – members share the last kit they completed and if they’ve created any new artwork
3) Introduction of the project – read through the instructions or watch our videos to make sure everyone understands the project
4) CRAFT TIME!
5) Clean up
When can we register?
Register at any time! Kits always arrive around the first of the month. When you register for a subscription, you will receive your first kit at the beginning of the month, then you will receive the next 5 as monthly installments until you have all 6.
How and when will I get my kits?
Shipping is included. They will arrive in your mailbox around the first of the month. Kits are usually shipped via USPS first class mail.
What if I need help understanding the instructions or creating a project?
We are always here to help! Contact Scarlett Larson, Youth Education Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-436-0464.