Portland Handweavers Guild Meetings




Guild Meetings

December 8, 2016



R - Z



 Day Meeting: 9:30 set up and social time

10:00 am - 12:00 meeting



Evening: 6:30 pm set up & social time

 7:00 - 9:00 pm Meeting


Fingerloop Braiding with Laura Thode &

the Design Game led by Rebecca Martin

Both day and eve meetings:


Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219


Evening mtg - Auditorium

Day mtg - Rm 7



 Board Meeting


December 1, 2016


 Board Members



7:00 pm

(all members welcome)

Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219

If you are not a PHG member, you may still attend meetings as our guest.

Portland Handweavers Guild

Portland Handweavers Guild (PHG) was formally organized in September of 1945. As a member guild of Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) and the Association of Northwest Weavers (ANWG), we participate in their projects and take an active part in conference activities both as a group and as individuals. Most of our members come from within a 50 to 80 mile radius of the Portland (Oregon) Metropolitan Area.


Our purpose is:

  • To promote excellence in handweaving, spinning and related arts
  • To help weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists a place to advance their skills through speakers, workshops, study groups, and the use of our textile library and other resources
  • To educate the public about the traditions and value of handweaving through annual exhibits of members work, our Annual Sale, and through on-going public demonstrations of weaving, spinning and other fiber arts

The Portland Handweavers Guild (PHG) has promoted excellence in handweaving, spinning and other fiber arts for over 60 years. Whatever your fiber interests, we hope that our programs will challenge you with new ideas and new directions to explore.


Become a Member

Members of PHG get a members rate on workshops, the PHG Newsletter with news about guild programs and other textile events, access to the PHG textile library collection, and more. Go to our Membership page to see the benefits.

Download a membership form


President's Letter

Greetings PHG Members,

Well, it’s already pushing December and it’s been a jam-packed fall. We’ve had three incredible workshops and another wonder-filled Fall Sale. These are the highlights of the creative work and behind-the-scenes process making everything possible. It’s mind-boggling.

Our guild’s name is the Portland Handweavers Guild, but when you look behind the curtain, it’s really so much more. Scan the roster/directory under members’ interests. You will see the following: 4 Shaft Weaving, Basketry, Braiding, Computer Dobby, Dyeing, Felting, Inkle, Knitting, Kumihimo, Lace, Multi Shaft Weaving, Navajo, Ply Spitting, Rigid Heddle, Spinning, Tapestry, and Tablet Weaving. This list leaves out 4-shaft with tablet weaving, our most recent workshop: Inge Dam’s Tablet Weaving Incorporated into Fabric.

If you were fortunate enough to attend the Fall Sale, you would have been even more amazed at the art offered by PHG members. Where this is going is that when we think of being grateful, we recognize that we cover the spectrum of fiber as an art form. This becomes even more relevant when we realize the person attracted to our guild today arrives with a much broader experience level in fiber specifically, and art in general.

In my life time we’ve gone from calling Grandma on a black rotary telephone (maybe 3 times a year because it cost money!), to Skyping one another anywhere in the world, for free in most cases. The present world is so new and vibrant we may wish to pretend we’re back in olden times, but we are not. Look again at the list above. We have to assume responsibility, in order to pass on a powerful creative legacy. We must make room for the expanding modalities this next generation is bringing with them. Yes, we have so much to be grateful for, we may not know what to call it. Maybe something like Portland Handweavers and the Art of Fiber Guild? Maybe!

D. Joel Weber, President

The Mannequin Project

PHG's Mannequin Project provided focus and opportunity for collaboration within 2014-15's theme "Fiber to Fashion". Inspiration came from The Maryhill Museum, which houses a most extraordinary collection of fashion, Théâtre de la Mode. This work originated from an amazing collaborative undertaking in Paris in 1945. PHG created a display of 10 mannequins that show how gorgeous handwoven cloth can be. Each mannequin is dressed in an outfit that is at least 50% handwoven. The mannequins have been on display at the Convention Center during our spring sale and have recently spent a few months in the windows at The Button Emporium in downtown Portland.





Many thanks to the sponsors of our roster:


Northwest Wools - www.northwestwools.com   503-244-5024


Eugene Textile Center - www.EugeneTextileCenter.com   541-688-1565


  Ruthie's Weaving Studio - www.RuthiesWeavingStudio.iwarp.com    503-232-7328 


 Multnomah Arts Center -  www.MultnomahArtsCenter.org   503-823-2787


Fiber Rhythm Craft and Design - http://Fiberrhythm.com   503-236-7318


 Damascus Fiber Arts School - www.DamascusFiberArtsSchool.com   503-558-1727


Yarnia - yarniapdx.com or customyarn.com 




Handweavers Guild


General Meetings

2nd Thursday

of each month*

September – June


*any changes in this schedule

will be noted in the box

to the left



Morning meeting:

Doors open at

9:30 am


Meeting Begins

10:00 am


Evening meeting:

Doors open at

6:30 pm


Meeting begins

7:00 pm



to the meetings


Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely - handwoven Baby Blankets

Sharon's Peru trip

Francisco Bautista

Beth Poirier