Portland Handweavers Guild Meetings


Guild Meetings

January 11, 2018

7:00 pm Eve Mtg

Refreshments: A-L


Betty Davenport - Rigid Heddle Weaving

Day Meeting: 9:30 set up and social time
10:00 am - 12:00 meeting  


Evening Meeting: 6:30 pm setup & social time
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Meeting

 Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219


Day mtg-Rm 7

Evening mtg - Rm 7

 Planning/Board Meeting

 7:00 pm

January 25, 2018


 Board Members

Planning Meeting

This is a great way for members, especially new members and those who might be considering volunteering, to see how PHG makes decisions and what is involved in being an officer,

board member, and/or chair.

(all members welcome)

Multnomah Arts Center

Room 7

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219

(503) 823-2787

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

Winter Weather Advisory

Remember that Northwest winters can be unpredictable – sunny one day, and freezing rain the next. PHG activities are weather-permitting. Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) is a facility of the City of Portland Parks and Recreation; if the city’s programs are closed due to weather then MAC and PHG programs are also closed. Locations other than MAC also are subject to weather. If weather is dicey, check your destination and road conditions before heading out, and always put safety first. Check the Multnomah Arts Center web page for information on weather-related closures. 

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

Happy New Year!

This year is starting off with a terrific burst of weaving energy and inspiration. Leading off 2018 is Betty Davenport’s program, followed by a dye play day at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC). We have more great programs and workshops over the next few months, our PHG annual retreat, the spring sale at the Gathering of the Guilds, and a weft-over sale and swap-meet to ‘right-size’ your own stash.  

Weaving is an indoor sport and so winter is the perfect time to translate your ideas into projects celebrating our theme of the year focused on Color. Please bring your textile projects, findings, and ideas to the monthly meetings for show and share. Seeing -- and feeling -- the textiles produced and acquired by members provides us all with a great source of inspiration.

We will also have a mentorship table open for 15-20 minutes before the day and evening programs. If you need help, feedback, ideas, tips and tricks, or just a kick in the behind to get moving past that creativity block, please pay a visit to the person with the wizard’s hat. Our membership is full of talented artists and craftspeople who are willing to share their experience and expertise. It’s all about sharing, supporting one another, and finding our individual path alongside others who are on a parallel and occasionally intersecting textile journey.

Here’s hoping that your 2018 will be a very Happy New Year.

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 - 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


Sylvan Dyers Circle - www.SylvanDyersCircle.com


  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


Sylvia's Oaxaca trip

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Francisco Bautista

Guild Show at MAC