Portland Handweavers Guild Meetings


Guild Meetings

February 8, 2018

7:00 pm Eve Mtg

Refreshments: M-Q


Day Meeting: Panel Discussion - Using Handspun

Evening Meeting: Member Weft-Over Sale


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

February 22, 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.

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!

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. 

Call for Volunteers - Gathering of the Guilds

The Gathering of the Guilds sale requires a great deal of volunteer help during the sale itself. This includes work within the PHG sales area, fiber arts demonstrations, and responsibilities shared with other participating guilds.


PHG strongly encourages all members to help at the sale, which is our biggest outreach opportunity of the year. It's a great way to meet more guild members and to share our enthusiasm of fiber arts with people attending the sale.


Volunteer duties are described below. Margaret Zeps will schedule volunteers, including demonstrators. You will be available to sign up at all day and evening PHG meetings until the sale and online at SignUp Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FA5AF2FA6F94-phgspring. Contact Leanne Streit for help with SignUp Genius leannestreit@yahoo.com Address any questions about schedule requests to Margaret at 503-638-5430 or marz24130@gmail.com.


Click here for Volunteer Job Descriptions

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

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

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re now midway through this year and still have a terrific lineup of programs, workshops, and events. There’s still time to do something special for this year’s theme on color. To those of you who participated in the dye day at Oregon College of Art and Craft last month, please bring your dyed treasures to an upcoming guild meeting so we can see what colorful creation you’ve made.

It’s time to talk about next year’s dues. PHG’s dues have remained stable for at least a decade but our costs - lease of our storage closet, classroom rents for programs and workshops, program speaker fees, library books and periodicals, and general operating costs - have all increased. We have taken steps to reduce expenses, but our costs continue to rise. The Board has decided we must increase dues to $45 for individuals and $70 for family memberships for 2018-19. Life and student memberships will remain unchanged.

Memberships can be paid by cash or check as usual. This year, members may also pay at the monthly meeting with credit cards using our Square account but please be aware that the credit card processing fee will be added to the transaction (i.e., the member will be responsible for both the membership fee and the credit card processing fee). This change will be effective 3/1/18. The increase is less than $1 per month for individuals, and the Board believes it’s still a terrific value.

Thanks for your understanding.

Sue Walsh, President 
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



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