Portland Handweavers Guild Meetings




Guild Meetings

February 9, 2017


M - Q



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


Cathy McMurray will share ideas and strategies for marketing yourself and your work online.

Cathy has a successful website and sells on Etsy.

Both day and eve meetings:


Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219


Evening mtg - Auditorium

Day mtg - Rm 7


 Board Meeting


February 23, 2017


 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

PHG members go to the members only page for the Call for Artists PHG Exhibit at MAC's Center Gallery

President's Letter

Welcome PHG, 2017, and Winter in full force!

With all the changes occurring lately, this winter seems just normal. The funny thing is how many “old time” Portlanders have popped into my life saying they remember when snow was very common in Portland winters. So perhaps change is here to stay!

One thing for sure, the huge amount of work preparing for the Spring Gathering of the Guilds is amazing! Sure, it would be a lot less work to just keep doing everything the same as before, but that wouldn’t recognize the fact that “ Fiber Art “ as we may have known it, has been changing and will continue to do so.

Our mission as Guild members is to deepen our understanding of new skills and techniques. It’s a good thing we have our community of Artists to support one another. Meeting new Fiber Artists, or the fiber art-curious, has awakened and shaken me.

The path people take today is very different from the one many of us traveled. People are gathering more information through social media, with a variety of experience, from mini-work shops to collective sharing in the greater market place. They may be younger and more stable in many ways than my youthful passage. Plus they are involved in more diversified daily work experiences.
This makes my Guild experience much more relevant, not less. The ability to connect with others and to access resources and information isn’t just personally important, it’s the fabric and structure which together gives me a means to understand and receive, as well as give, in a changing world.

So, welcome to the world of “Change”. Let’s support one another in listening and seeking new answers, as we gather in our Guild. Hopefully, Mother Nature will make it possible for us to meet in February!!!

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