Charter for the

Middle Kingdom textile artisans guild

to be known as

Guild of Withie and Woolmongers

Article I. Definition and Purpose

The Guild of Withie and Woolmongers is dedicated to employing, learning and teaching textile arts as they were practiced prior to 1700. For the purpose of the guild, textile arts include but are not limited to spinning, natural dying, weaving, knitting, embroidery (as well as other forms of embellishment), leather crafting and basketry. Affiliation with the Guild of Withie and Woolmongers is a sole endeavor and has no impact with any specific household, group or other guilds.

Article II. Membership

The only requirement for membership in the guild is to participate in the SCA and have a genuine interest in fiber arts. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and intent to join the guild. There are four levels within the guild a member may wish to apply for. These levels include Novice, Journeyman, Artisan and Senior Artisan (see Appendix II). Applicants may achieve one level per year after initial placement but may work on more than one category. Projects to be considered for initial placement must have been completed within the past three years. Projects completed for the Novice level may not be applied to the journeyman level and journeyman level projects may not be applied to artisan level. For level criteria, see Appendix III.

Member responsibilities include sharing knowledge with others through a mentoring program, teaching classes, entering Arts and Science Competitions, researching textile related subjects and producing textile works.

Article III. Guild Counsel

A counsel comprised of Guild Steward, Scribe, Textile Muse, Librarian and Web Minister shall administer the Guild. Other positions may become available as the group determines a need (see Appendix I.).

Article IV. Counsel Terms of Office

To be eligible for office, a candidate must be a member of the SCA. No counsel member may hold a position within the counsel more than two consecutive terms (a term being a three-year period) nor hold more than one counsel position at a time. All counsel members are encouraged to recruit a deputy as soon as possible after accepting office. Initially, counsel members will be chosen from and voted on by the founding members. Future candidates must submit a letter of intent and will be accepted by a majority vote of the counsel. A counsel member can be removed from office by a 2/3rds vote of "no confidence" by the counsel.

Article V. Voting

Guild members shall be polled for opinions concerning new counsel members, major guild activities and other matters to be determined. Their collective voice shall be considered as one vote. Each counsel member shall be allowed one vote. In matters concerning day-to-day business of running the Guild, the council shall have the right to act without consulting members.

Article VI. Amendments to the Charter

Any guild member may propose a change to the current charter by submitting a written request to the counsel. To be accepted, the proposed change must be agreed on by 2/3rds of the counsel members and approved by Kingdom.

Article VII. Guild Meetings

At least two business meetings per year will be scheduled, however members are encouraged to meet with each other more frequently and use the e-group to keep in touch. As members are located throughout the region an effort should be made to hold meetings at various geographical locations.

Article VIII. Guild Activities

Guild members are encouraged to teach classes and participate in SCA demonstrations on a regular basis. Guild demos, workshops etc, will be encouraged at events and the Steward should contact autocrats to make arrangements for space.

Article IX. Guild Chapters

Members will be encouraged to form their own chapter of the Textile Guild when they have ten active members-three of the members must be Journeyman Level and two members should be Artisan Level or higher. To be recognized as a chapter of the guild, interested parties must submit a letter of intent and agree to uphold guild standards.

Last updated: 5/21/2005