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Call for Director of Programs

Members, we are in desperate need of a Director of Programs. The Director of Programs is responsible for planning the monthly Guild programs as well as what goes along with it. If you think you might be interested, please view the attached job description. Thanks!

Portland Handweavers Guild Meetings


Members, welcome back!
September Guild Meeting

September 13, 2018


Presenter: Leah Hershey
Leah, winner of the 2018 PHG Grant,
will discuss her trip to Japan. Specifically, 
Boro textiles in contemporary fashion,
gold leaf woven into obis, and the
gallery of Reiko Sudo, one of Japan's
most innovative textile designers.


Day Meeting

 9:30 am: setup & social time

10 am - noon: Meeting

Note: all day meetings for the year
will be held in room 7.


Evening Meeting

 6:30 pm: setup & social time

7-9pm: Meeting


Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219


Room 7


PHG Board Meeting

September 27, 2018

September Board Meeting

 All members are welcome to attend.

7:00 pm
Note: all Board Meetings are held in Room 4.


Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219


Room 4

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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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.

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President's Message

Welcome to another year at PHG, and thank you all for allowing me to serve as this year’s president. I’m excited about the coming months, and hope you are too.

As you know, PHG runs on the energy of the folks who step up and volunteer for various roles in the group. We can’t do what we do without them. And speaking of volunteers, we’re still looking for someone who’ll be Program Chair. We have most programs for the year already planned (thanks again, Sue!), but we still have a couple months to fill, and we should start thinking about next fall as well. If anyone is interested please let me know. We also need to start thinking about future workshops. If you’ve taken a great class that you think other guild members would enjoy please pass along the details.  

And speaking of volunteers, I’d like to thank everyone who served in leadership positions or helped out the guild last year. Particular thanks go to past president Sue Walsh, who wore way too many hats and managed to do so with aplomb. She passes on to me some big shoes to fill. I hope I’m up to the task. Thanks also to Georgia Weir, Kate Dobbins, Liz Palmer, Beth Poirier, and Kate Dopheide who will be stepping back from their previous roles with the group. And a big thanks to Teresa MacFarland who helped out with the library during the day meeting and somehow didn’t get into the directory 2 years in a row! The third year’s the charm, Teresa.

One of the things I’m hoping to accomplish this year is a review and update to our bylaws and job descriptions. If you download the job descriptions from the website you’ll see it runs 37 pages. That seems a little crazy to me, and there are several jobs which have gone unfilled for years. I think it’s time to take a step back, think about our mission and goals, and then craft positions that address those goals and allow us to function efficiently while not overloading people to the point that they no longer want to volunteer. We’ll start with some discussions about who we are and what our dreams are for the guild, and then we’ll proceed from there. Look for more details soon.

Though the guild moves into full swing this month with our usual meeting schedule and programs, the year has really already started for PHG.  We held a day meeting in August to gather and share our experiences at this year’s Convergence in Reno, which also saw meetings for both Complex Weavers and the American Tapestry Alliance. And some brave volunteers helped out with a ‘clean the closet’ afternoon. Thanks to Ladella Williams for providing direction for the inventory portion of the event, and to Pat Zimmerman and Debbie Ellis who lead the charge in clearing out the clutter. Margaret Jeppesen, Constance Wiseman, Sharon Carsten and Judy Stewart also helped out. (If I forgot anyone please let me know.)  And if there are any packrats out there looking to shed some junk I suggest you ask Pat for advice. She seems to have a real knack for it!

With the days getting shorter and the weather hopefully getting cooler, I’m looking forward to more time at home, and hopefully more time at the loom. I have lots of fiber that’s been ‘aging’ for a couple years. Time to start loading up some shuttles and seeing what I can create. I’m hoping to bring something to show every month, and I look forward to seeing your projects, too.

Let me leave you with one last request. If we haven’t met yet please come up to me and introduce yourself at the next meeting. And if anyone has questions, ideas, or complaints please pass them along. I’m eager to hear from everyone about what they like, what they don’t like, and what they think we can do better.

See you all soon!
Dan Steves, PHG President

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.


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

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


Sylvia's Oaxaca trip

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Laverne Waddington

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Francisco Bautista

Guild Show at MAC

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