Spinners meet at the Guild House September-December, January-May on the 3rd Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M.

About Us

The Spinners' Group welcomes members of all experience levels. Some of our members have a lot of expertise while others are fairly new, so don't feel like you need to be an expert to join!

If you are on Ravelry, please join the Craft Guild of Iowa City group.

No classes are being offered this fall.

State Fair

Skeins became a category in the State Fair.  Our Spinners  participate and frequently win  ribbons. Congratulations to all our local winners. Here are the details for fiber submission. 

Each fall, we typically have classes to learn how to spin. To take the class, you must be a member of the guild + there is an additional class fee. We have spinning wheels that members can check out, so you don't need to already own a wheel to leinterested. There will also be a sign-up sheet at open house.


  1. Competition is restricted to animal fibers only, unless otherwise stated. 
  2. Yarn may be spun from purchased fiber, except those indicated in class descriptions.
  3. Each handspun skein must be 1 ½ - 2 yards in circumference, wound neatly and tied in four places. 
  4. Skeins will be judged on: 
    1. Preparation of fiber - absence of vegetable matter and dirt, no visible neps or noils unless part of yarn design 
    2. Technique - consistency in set (gauge, twist and plying) and no obvious joins, breaks or knots 
    3. Suitability of Yarn to Intended Use - state intended use of yarns on entry tag attached to skein 
  5. Yarn may be single or plyed. 
  6. The judges reserve the right to reassign entries to a more appropriate class. 

Programs 2016-2017

September: Socialize and plan the year

October: the study of local breeds begins. Each participating spinner will receive a sample of the breeds monthly. 

January: Celebrate RocDay/Distaff Day

April 8 & 9 at Solon Library, Workshops on Spinning with local breeds or purebreed/crossbreed fibers.

Dying fiber using a crockpot. 

Past Challenges

2012-13: Fiber poker (details in blog)


Local Fiber Sources

2011-12: do something with mohair

2010-11: Make a scarf in 1 of 2 patterns, from any yarn