Portland Handweavers Guild Meetings




Guild Meetings

September 14, 2017

7:00 pm Eve Mtg



Sylvia Emard, 2016 Study Grant recipient, will talk about her experience at the 10th International Shibori Symposium in Oaxaca, MX.

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 - Auditorium

 Board Meeting

 7:00 pm

Thursday August 24, 2017


 Board Members

The first Board Meeting of the 2017-18 PHG season.

This is the same room as the day meeting. All Board members should plan to participate, and any PHG member is invited to attend.

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 office, 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.

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

Hope everyone is having a great summer after such a long and wet winter. We are all working hard to have a great PHG season starting in September. We’ll be trying some new things based on the feedback we got in June, and we’ll keep you updated. Areas most often addressed were:

Programs:  Requests for
Better rooms for both the evening and day programs;
At least one program on weaving or textile history each year;
More “hands-on” programs or mini-workshops;
Limit or eliminate announcements and business, or move them to the end of the meetings to avoid keeping the speaker “on ice” and make the meeting more efficient and interesting;
Using more of our local talent.

Workshops:  More 1-day and 2-day weekend workshops so that working members don’t need to miss work.

More Entry Level Material:  PHG should have more basic or introductory programs, seminars, and workshops to attract and retain new weavers and other fiber artists who are new to weaving.

Study Groups:  Several comments asked that PHG establish or support smaller, interest-based groups. While some members suggested specific areas of study (indigo dyeing, weaving structures, basic skills, etc.), others asked for smaller satellite meetings in other areas of the Portland Metropolitan Area to avoid long drives through congested traffic.    

Get Modern: Get more visible with younger potential members and members through greater use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; provide for credit/PayPal, especially for membership fees at the June banquet; post a calendar or schedule of events somewhere so members know what’s coming up for future programs, workshops, and other weaving events.  

There were also some requests for a home studio tour, a theme or focus of the year, mentoring programs, some sort of readily-available master calendar to know what’s happening and when throughout the year, and joint meetings to allow all members to interact at least once per year.  

Some of the changes requested will go into effect with the September meeting while others will come in over time. For example, some 3-day workshops have already been scheduled for the coming year. But we are actively exploring how to make PHG more accessible, flexible, and inclusive.  

Thanks for your patience, and keep weaving!
Sue Walsh

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


Sylvia's Oaxaca trip

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Francisco Bautista

Guild Show at MAC