Guilds and Organisations

Want to become a member of a Guild? Heard that they meet, but not sure where? Already a member, but would like to attract new people?

We’d love to hear from Guilds, organisations and their members about who you are, where you meet and what you do. To kick things off, here are a few Guilds and organisations that we know of.

Feltmakers Ireland

Feltmakers Ireland is a national organisation that was founded in May 2003 in response to a growing interest in feltmaking.  The organisation provides workshops, exhibitions and information about feltmaking not only for members but for anyone interested in feltmaking.

Feltmakers Ireland produce a quarterly magazine with news, reviews and information about feltmaking from around the world, as well as the four corners of Ireland.

Membership currently costs €25 per year.

For further information please email]

Guild of Irish Lacemakers

Originally founded in 1979, The Guild of Irish Lacemakers has been active in its present form since 1987. It was formed specifically to promote and assist practicing lace-makers, especially those making traditional Irish laces.

At present, membership fees are as follows:

Adult: €35 per annum
Young Lacemaker: €7 per annum
Family: €50 per annum
Europe and Overseas: €50 (or £35 per annum)

If you’d like to find out more about making lace, there’s a wealth of information about the different types of lace on the Guilds website.

For further information you can email You can also tweet the guild at @GOILIreland or contact them via their Facebook Page.

Irish Countrywomen’s Association

The ICA was founded in May 1910 by Anita Lett in Bree, Co Wexford. Since its inception the ICA has been heavily involved in campaigns designed to improve people’s lives.

Although many people think the ICA is more associated with rural Ireland, most of the largest guilds are based in urban areas.  The guild with the most members is actually Blanchardstown Co. Dublin.

The ICA welcomes members aged 16 and over. Thanks to RTE’s popular programme ‘ICA Bootcamp’ many guilds have seen an increase in the number of younger members.

An Grianán was gifted to the ICA in 1954 and has since been used as an adult education centre teaching an ever-changing wide range of courses.  You do not have to be a member of the ICA to attend the courses held at An Grianán, but there are discounts available to members.

There is a base national membership fee of €50. In addition, each Federation charges a small fee to cover expenses for the work at county level. In your Guild, the members decide their programme and social activities from year to year, and based on that, they collect any money needed to cover costs such as transport, speakers or trainers, visits and so on.

The ICA website lists details of all the local groups, but should you wish to find out more about the organisation and what the ICA has to offer you, there is a contact form here.

Irish Guild of Embroiderers

The IGE was formed in 2002 to bring together like-minded people within the textile industry to share ideas, design techniques, and to support each in other in their textile adventures.

There is a wealth of information available on the IGE website, as well as on the Guild’s Facebook Page.

Irish Guild of Embroiderers membership fees are €40 for Dublin members and €23 for country members.  There is a concession price of €20 for students.

For further information there is a contact form here as well as a list of committee members and their email addresses

The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Lillias Mitchell founded the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers in 1975. Many years before that, in 1951, she founded the Weaving Department in Ireland’s National College of Art and Design.

The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is the national Guild and caters for everyone with an interest in these areas of the textile crafts, from total beginners through to professionals.

There are several smaller, regional Guilds around the country who meet regularly and host their own programme of events.  Details of these groups can be found on their website. Please note these guilds may have their own membership fees.

Membership of the national Guild costs €20 at present.

For further information please email, tweet @weavespindyeIE or pop along to the Guild’s Facebook Page.