State Meetings

In NON_COVID TIMES, the Guild meets five times a year the third Saturday of the month, bimonthly from September through May. All meetings are held at The Congregational Church of South Glastonbury, located at the intersection of Main & High Sts. in S Glastonbury, CT.

Weather alerts for state meetings: If the weather looks dicey, check the link to the University of CT - Greater Hartford campus storm alerts. If the campus is closed, the guild meeting will be cancelled. Note: this is the University of CT - Greater Hartford, NOT the University of Hartford. Always consider your safety first. Weather and road conditions may vary considerably across the state, so all guild members should evaluate their local conditions before venturing out.

Maxi Workshops are usually scheduled two to three times a year, generally one to three days before the state Guild meeting.

Mini Workshops are held from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. For most workshops, the fee is $10.00. If the guest speaker gives a mini, the fee is $12.00. Many of the workshops fill quickly, so members are advised to pre-register ahead of time. To do this, contact Registrar Steph Slattery to ensure space is available. Email (preferred) or call. Once your name is on the class list, send payment (payable to HGC) to Steph to secure your spot. If there is not sufficient time to mail payment in advance of the meeting, contact Steph to arrange for payment at the meeting. Members and nonmembers can register for workshops on the morning of the guild meeting, beginning at 9 am. 

Open Workshops are held in the Church's social hall from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at each meeting. Taught by individual guild members, they are free and open to all members and guests. 

*Many of the workshops, particularly the maxis, fill very quickly. It is recommended that you register straightaway. 

Due to the Covid pandemic, the state and local area guild meetings are virtual (Zoom) until further notice

May 15, 2021 - State Meeting Schedule (via Zoom)

All members will receive an email zoom link prior to the meeting

10 - 10:15 Meeting opens: Log in, and test your connections

10:15 - 11:15 Program:

The Fabric of Civilization, Virginia Postrel

The story of humanity is the story of textiles — as old as civilization itself. Since the first thread was spun, the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture. Textiles are one of humanity’s oldest and most influential technologies, yet we take them for granted.

Drawing on her widely praised new book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, author Virginia Postrel will take us on a tour of some of the innovations that gave us today’s textile abundance and the ways textiles have shaped civilization as we know it. From Minoans exporting wool colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to Romans arrayed in costly Chinese silk, the cloth trade paved the crossroads of the ancient world. Textiles funded the Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; they gave us banks and bookkeeping, Michelangelo’s David and the Taj Mahal. The cloth business spread the alphabet and arithmetic, propelled chemical research, and taught people to think in binary code. During her presentation, Virginia will share the story of the world’s most influential commodity.

11:15 - noon Business Meeting

Guild Meeting schedule, when meeting in person

09:00 - 10:00 am - Delicious Snacks available (please bring you own mug), Sharing Exhibit, Library, Weftovers, Vendors (at most meetings), New Member Orientation


10:00 - 11:45 am - Workshops (Open and Mini's) 

11:45 - 12:30 pm - Lunch (brown bag and/or purchase), Library, Weftovers Vendors


12:30 - 1:15 pm - HGC Business Meeting for all members, Show and Tell

1:15 - 2:30 pm - Program Speaker

2:45 - 3:30 pm - HGC Board Business Meeting