Mission Statement

According to the original 1973 Mission Statement: "The purpose of the Guild shall be to foster needlework and textile arts, encourage high standards of design and technique, and bring together members who will learn, share, teach, and participate to the fullest extent in this endeavor."

Focus of Guild

Basketry, Beading, Bead Embroidery, Bead Weaving, Kumihimo, Crochet, Doll Making, Dyeing and Painting, Embroidery, Felting, Garment Design and Construction, Handmade Paper and Book Art, Knitting, Knotting, Quilting, Sewing, Spinning, Weaving, and Surface Design.

History

One of the oldest continuing fiber art guilds in the state, NTGM was started in 1973 to enable those interested in all aspects of fiber art to learn from one another and from local and national experts. NTGM is unique in that educational programs and hands-on workshops cover a broad spectrum of fiber-related topics, from weaving to quilting to embroidery.

How We Work, Membership, and Dues

Membership is not required to attend open meetings, but it is recommended. Joining NTGM and paying the yearly dues entitle members to:

 

  • Attend morning sessions with stimulating social interaction, flea market and consignment items for sale, and the check out the latest in fiber art books and media.

  • Hear talented local, regional, and national fiber artists speak and present their work.

  • Attend hands-on workshops on a variety of fiber art topics from surface design to embroidery.

  • Attend special, members-only events such as Whistlestop mini-workshops, Seminar Day full-day workshops, and the annual luncheon and fashion show.

  • Participate in our Special Interest Groups, such as the Knit Wits. These informal groups meet in member's homes to allow participants to continue working on their own projects in a supportive social setting.

  • Our calendar year runs from September through June. Dues for the next membership year are collected in June and must be paid by the September meeting. Those joining the Guild later in the year will have their dues prorated. Names of people who have not paid by this date will not be printed in the member directory, nor will they receive any further newsletters.

Member Benefits

Membership benefits include:

  • Monthly Programs – September through June

  • Workshops – Discounted to members

  • Exhibit Opportunities – Past exhibits have included Bloomfield Hills Library

  • Newsletter & Emailed Announcements – September through June meeting reminders, exhibit information, surveys

  • Library Privileges – NTGM library has over 900 books and DVD’s

  • Website Gallery – Opportunity to promote members’ work

  • Facebook Page – Opportunity to showcase members’ art

  • Special Interest Groups – Knitters, Artful Quilters, Beaders

  • Networking, Socializing, Sharing, and Learning