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Summer Guild Meeting

August 9, 2018




New! Summer Guild Meeting

 Informal Get Together: Show, Share & Chat.
A chance to catchup after Convergence, Complex Weavers
or your summer adventures. Bring your textiles to discuss or just visit with other members.

Day Meeting Only

 10:00 am: setup & social time

10 am - noon: Meeting

 Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219


Room 7

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

Reminder: Bring Your Name Badge to Meetings
Remember that beautiful name badge you made to wear at guild meetings?

Don't forget to bring it along and show off your creativity!

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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.

President's Letter

Well, here we are at the end of our PHG 2017-18 season. We’ve had a very full year with seven speaker programs, three wonderful workshops, two super sales with demonstrations, day and evening mini-workshop sessions, a dye play day, a members-only weft-over sale, a tour of Pendleton’s Washougal mill and Columbia Scouring, and finally, our June all-member meeting with strawberry shortcake to close the year. We’ll be in the MAC Auditorium and can start at 6 pm to renew memberships – hey, we can now do it on-line! – and then check out a library book over the summer, show off our color projects, and do a little business and voting to set up for next year. Please come to this evening program as it’s the only time all year that the full membership convenes as a single guild. We’re starting early, so we should be done before it gets too dark.

Last June, we asked for your input and made some changes based on that. This year, we’d like to hear from you again to see what worked and what didn’t. We moved announcements to the end of the meeting; we moved the evening meeting from the auditorium to Room 7 (we saved money and had better lighting and acoustics but we lost good library access and socializing time, so maybe we return to the bigger location); we had hands-on mini-workshops and a dye play-day; we arranged for on-line membership renewal; we are getting more into social media; we tried to use more local folks for programs; and we tried to be more welcoming. We didn’t get some things done, like new nametags. But overall, how did these changes work? Please provide feedback so we can continue to improve. We’ll have the stickies on tables like last year, or just tell me.  

But wait, there’s more!  We’ll be trying out a summer program. We’ve scheduled Room 7 for 9:30-noon on Thursday, August 9 for an informal meeting. It will be a chance to show-and-share, talk about Convergence and/or Complex Weavers adventures from July, chat about ideas for doing textile projects next year, and maybe share a weaving tip or two.

I’ll be stepping down as President and am looking forward to being an active Past President, serving as your state fair liaison, WeGO representative, and helping out in various capacities. This is a great guild, and it’s been a real privilege to be your President this past year. Thanks, and I hope to see some of you in Reno later this summer. 

Thanks, and we’re looking forward to seeing you and your colorful stuff at the June banquet.

Sue Walsh, 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 -   503-244-5024


Eugene Textile Center -   541-688-1565


  Ruthie's Weaving Studio -    503-232-7328 


 Multnomah Arts Center -   503-823-2787


Sylvan Dyers Circle -


  Fiber Rhythm Craft and Design -   503-236-7318


 Damascus Fiber Arts School -   503-558-1727


Yarnia - or 





Handweavers Guild


General Meetings

2nd Thursday

of each month*

September – June


*any changes in this schedule

will be noted in the box

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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



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