Mission Statement

The mission of the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild, Inc. is to preserve the ancient art of hand spinning by increasing our understanding and improving our own skills, and to share this knowledge with all.


GVHG welcomes members of all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, nation of origin, or ability. We meet together with a common purpose – to share our love of handspinning. We celebrate our differences and learn from each other to build a fiber community where everyone can feel safe and at home.

What is handspinning?

Handspinning is the art of twisting fiber together to form yarn. Spinners use spinning wheels or spindles to add twist to fiber. While wool is one of the most common materials to be spun into yarn, there are many options, including other animal, plant, and synthetic fibers.

What is the spinning guild?

The guild is a group of people interested in various aspects of handspinning. The group formed in 1985 with just a few members and has grown to a group of well over 100. Members include veteran spinners as well as those who are completely new to spinning. Guild meetings offer opportunities to meet other spinners, learn spinning techniques, and share resources. The guild educates wider audiences about spinning through public demonstrations.

Prospective members are always welcome to attend a monthly meeting to see if the guild is a good fit. Monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month, at the Rush United Methodist Church, 6200 Rush Lima Rd, Rush, NY 14543 and are generally formatted as follows:

  • 10:00AM
    • Doors open to the meeting space.
    • Sign-in and pick up name-tag
    • Spin, visit with fellow guild members, and browse fiber vendor displays
  • 11:00AM
    • Business meeting. General announcements, updates from the board, and any other business items are discussed.
    • Show and Tell. Members are encouraged to share fiber projects, fiber-related resources, and any events of interest to the general membership.
  • Lunch break
  • 1:00PM
    • Program. Programs rotate each month and vary from workshops to annual events such as the holiday fiber exchange. Programming is guided by member interests and suggestions are always welcome.
  • 3:00PM
    • Cleanup