Join Our Community

When you join the Portland Handweavers Guild, you receive discounts on Guild-sponsored workshops, our monthly newsletter, access to our extensive textile library, the opportunity to rent weaving equipment, and many other benefits.


Membership in the Guild runs from July 1st through June 30th. Effective ‚Ä®March 1, 2018 membership cost is $45 for individuals, $70 for a family, or $20 for full-time students (unchanged).  You can now pay your membership dues via PayPal.  You do not need a PayPal account to use this option.  Instead click on the grey box that says "Pay with Debit or Credit Card."  The PayPal option will include a small additional amount to cover fees paid by the Guild for payment processing.  If you do not want to use PayPal you may pay your dues by check.


Click here to pay via PayPal.


If paying your dues by check please mail payment to:

Portland Handweavers Guild

PO Box 6676

Portland, OR  97228


Members must complete a membership form.  You can do this online or download and print a form which can be sent along with your dues payment.


Click here to fill in the online membership form


Click here to download the membership form

Programs and Workshops

PHG promotes learning through workshops, classes and programs led by recognized fiber artists. Programs include lectures on textile techniques, history and traditions. The Guild sponsors several workshops each year in weaving, spinning, dying and other fiber arts.

Member Meetings

Monthly meetings offer the opportunity to meet and talk to other weavers. Member meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from September through June, at the Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, Oregon. Meetings feature announcements of interest, informational lectures by various fiber artists, and an opportunity for members to show their work.

We are now offering both a day meeting and an evening meeting. Evening meetings are held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Day meetings are held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Doors open for both meetings 30 minutes early for a bit of social time. Visitors are welcome, and members are encouraged to bring families and guests to the monthly programs.

Check the calendar on the Home page for more details and any changes to the regular schedule.


Volunteer for a Job

PHG's membership varies, but usually is around 150 people. With a group this large, there are many jobs, big and small that need to be done. Selection and election of members to new jobs happens in the Spring.

Please read the job descriptions, which you can download below, and see if any job sounds like something you would like to do. We would love to have you.  Job Descriptions   We are in the process of updating this list. There are a few jobs that are not yet listed, so come back in a while and check again.

Volunteer for Demonstrations 

If you might be available to demonstrate weaving and/or other textile techniques when a request is received, let Ladella Williams, PHG Director of Outreach, know so she can put you on the Demo Committee list. PHG gets calls for demonstrations occasionally from schools and other organizations often after the newsletter has gone to press.  Demonstrating is fun!!       Contact Ladella at


The PHG newsletter is published monthly September through June. It features news about the Guild, its programs and members; upcoming textile events, exhibits, education and travel opportunities; calls for artists and teachers; techniques and tips.


The PHG newsletter is sent to all members in good standing via MailChimp, an automated email and marketing program. The newsletter goes out on, or a few days before, the first of each month from September through June.
For a variety of reasons, sometimes the newsletter does not reach all the recipients on our mailing list. If you are not receiving the newsletter via email, please contact Newsletter Editor Sylvia Emard for assistance.


The Guild's circulating library of over 500 titles includes a wide variety of current and rare weaving and textile-related books and periodicals, DVD's and CD's. The Library is available at membership meetings.

The Portland Handweavers' Guild library catalog is now available online through Library Thing.  Each book has been individually entered and tagged with the guild library shelf location. There are currently a few secondary tags to find DVDs, VHSs, and Study Grant reports. We can add reviews to the site for other guild members and 'Library Thing' users to read. If you would like to add one, please email it to, Robin Korybski. The database does not reflect whether the item is checked out.

Go to our new Library page for access to our library information.

Study Groups

To further their weaving knowledge and skills, members can participate in study groups to discuss topics of interest. Please visit the Study Groups page for more information about our current study groups.

Rental Equipment

The guild has equipment members can rent. We have a variety of weaving and spinning items for a pretty great price.

Equipment not scheduled for use in a class or workshop on a short-term basis is available. Most things rent for one month with an option to rent for one additional month. This includes table looms, rigid heddle frame looms, spinning wheels, and other equipment.


Download our Rental Equipment Catalog or view the list in the current member directory.


Grants and Scholarships

Each year PHG gives one member a grant to research a topic of their interest. There is an application process and the winner is chosen by a juror who is outside the Guild. The grant winner will later share their research with the members of the Guild. This year the winner will be given $600. This year's winner will be announced in June.

Occasionally other scholarships are offerred by ANWG or WeGO. We will put an announcement in the 'news' when this occurs.

Shows & Sales

Twice a year the Guild sponsors a show & sale of members' work to promote and support the work of professional weavers and other textile artists and to educate the public about our craft. This is a great opportunity for Guild members to market their work.
For our Spring sale we participate in the Gathering of the Guilds at the Oregon Convention Center in late April or early May.
Our Fall sale, Handwovens for the Holidays, is usually held in November.

Go to the Shows & Sales page.

Memberships in WeGO & ANWG

WeGO, Weaving Guilds of Oregon, promotes education, communication and cooperation among

weaving guilds in our state. Last year it sponsored a year-long traveling exhibit that featured works

by members of guilds all around Oregon.  Weavers Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) has a new web site:


ANWG, the Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds, is an association of fiber arts guilds located within the Pacific Northwest United States and Western Canada. Every 2 years, ANWG puts on a wonderful regional conference. ANWG does not have individuals as members but each Member Guild is composed of individuals. PHG is a member of ANWG. Read a lot more about ANWG at .

The Members Only Page

There is a password-protected Members-only page on our website. It contains our roster in addition to lots of other information that may be pertinent to members.


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 shibori

Margaret Zeps

PHG Library

Liz and her rugs

Handwovens for the Holidays Sale

Ruth Dabritz