Guild Member News

2018 Oregon State Fair


Volunteer for Demonstrations!

It’s time to start planning for demonstrations at the Oregon State Fair. PHG has a long history of demonstrating at the Fair and, once again, we’ve been invited to join the fun! The dates for demonstrating are Friday, August 24 through Monday, Labor Day, September 3, 2018.  There are two shifts: 10am – 3pm and 3pm – 8pm. You can choose any day that fits best with your schedule. Parking passes and entry passes are available for those demonstrating. You can demonstrate weaving, spinning, or similar fiber art. Feel free to demonstrate half a day and then take advantage of the fair for the other half! For more information or to sign up, contact Carrie Rohn,, 503-761-9157 or 971-221-5250. You can also contact Sue Walsh,, 503-887-2139. Please support our state fair!

Call for Entries!

The Oregon State Fair is a great place to show off handwovens and even earn a little cash to augment your stash. Exhibitor’s handbooks, which include all the information you need to enter, are now posted on the Oregon State Fair website. Just go to and click on competitions/textiles/felting, spinning, weaving, or go to

Using the theme, “Where Fun Shines,” the fair runs August 24 through Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at the State Fairgrounds in Salem. Registration of proposed entries opened May 15 at Intake days will be Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18. There will be remote pickups across the state, including Portland, so entrants don’t have to bring their entries to Salem. In areas without scheduled remote pickups, the Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) will pay postage to send your guild’s entries to the fair and return them.

Categories are: handwoven articles, handspun yarns, handspun yarn articles and felted articles. Prizes will include first, second and third-place ribbons in each category for beginners, intermediate and professional entrants, as well as baskets of fiber-related items for the best in each division. WeGO presents gift certificates to the division winners and a magazine subscription to the best beginner. The fair awards a $250 cash prize to the best of show entry for the department. There is no entry fee, but exhibitors are limited to 20 entries, all of which must be made by the person entering the item. Entries must not have been entered in a prior Oregon State Fair but there are no restrictions on when the item is made. There are divisions for kids and teens, as well as adults.

Other departments within the textiles section of the fair are needlework and clothing and quilting. Those handbooks are also available on line. Claudia Gahagan of SFG and Carrie Rohn of the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild are co-competition chairs for felting, spinning and weaving. Contact Claudia at for questions on the weaving competition and Carrie at regarding felting or spinning or to sign up to demonstrate during the fair. You can also contact PHG’s State Fair liaison, Sue Walsh at if you have any questions about entering your articles in the Oregon State Fair.


2018-2019 Officers

President - Dan Steves
Past President - Sue Walsh
Secretary - Megan Rothstein
Treasurer - Pat Zimmerman



CONGRATULATIONS! ANWG Challenge Grant Awarded To:
Debbie Ellis, whose rigid heddle banner project through PHG is a recipient of a 2018-19 ANWG Grant. PHG was one of 25 guilds receiving grants through ANWG. Debbie is leading a project to demonstrate and gain community participation in rigid heddle “freeform” weaving at various local events over the next year. People of all ages are welcome to learn and weave part of a pre-warped banner. The resulting banner cloth will be donated to a local entity. The initial outing of the project was at Gathering of the Guilds.

Debbie is looking for volunteers to help with the weaving project at upcoming events, including the Wilsonville Festival of Arts, June 2-3; the Oregon City Farmers Markets through the summer; Art in the Pearl, September 1-3; Gathering of the Guilds 2019; and similar events. Please contact Debbie if you are interested in volunteering.

Membership News

As described previously, PHG’s dues are $45 for individuals and $70 for family memberships, effective March 1, 2018.  Life and student memberships will remain unchanged. Memberships can be paid by cash or check as usual.New membership forms are available here.
Additionally, you can now pay your PHG dues using PayPal! Click here to learn more.


The 2017-2018 Membership Directories have been printed and distributed to most members. If you have not yet received one, they will be available at meetings, or by arrangement with Kate Dobbins.
A complete roster is available in pdf format on the Members Only page of the PHG website. Members who joined or renewed after printing are listed on the Members Only page in a Corrections and Additions document, which can be printed out at will.
Also, all PHG members are being added to the PHG Google group as they join or renew, if they were not already in the group. This is a way to quickly connect with fellow members about events, equipment for sale and other topics of interest to weavers.


PHG Financial Reports
Beginning in March, the Guild monthly financial reports will be posted on PHG's Google Drive. These will be particularly relevant as we budget for the coming fiscal year. Please take a look by signing in to your Google account and clicking here
Other PHG folders and documents may be accessed on the Google Drive by clicking here


Marilyn Anderson Shares an Essay on Huipiles
April's program presenter, Marilyn Anderson, wishes to thank our guild for having her speak about Guatemalan textiles by sharing an essay written by Sandra Cisneros, which gave Marilyn a whole new take on wearing huipiles. Click here to read the essay. Click here to learn more about Sandra Cisneros.


Weaving Guilds of Oregon 2018 Traveling Show Update

The WeGO Traveling Show, Color Gone Wild, was a great success at Marylhurst. The show now moves on to its next destinations, Roseburg, then to Baker City and its final stop in Salem. Click here for more info.


PHG - Interweave Affiliate
PHG is now a member of the Interweave affiliate program. That means you’ll now see ads for Interweave on the PHG website. Clicking on the ads will take you to the Interweave website, and if you make a purchase then PHG will make a commission on the sale. Best of all, the ad has a 15% discount code on it, so you’ll save money and help raise funds for PHG. Win - Win!!  If you have any questions about the ads or how the program works, just email Dan Steves


Theme of the Year: Color Madness

Looking forward to our June strawberry banquet and your color projects. Whatever stage your projects are in: unfinished, hemmed, copy of the draft, or explanation of your inspiration, please do bring the project and the notes even if just a dream. We can look at the information as we peruse the items. Yes, you will need to talk about them and answer questions too! Ladella Williams


Study and Interest Groups
Several members have asked about Study or Interest Groups as a way to have a small group experience in addition to the monthly program. These smaller groups can be focused on a weave structure (Bateman, Plain Weave), a purpose (utilitarian textiles, clothing), a technique (shibori, tapestry, finishing techniques), equipment (rigid heddle; computer-aided dobby), or just a group of folks who like to get together to share their love of
textiles without traveling very far in crazy Portland area traffic (e.g., the Hillsboro Weavers & Spinners; Fairview Fiber Folks).  
All you need is a reason to get together and a plan. Leadership can be one person, or members can take turns leading. Meetings can be in person, via email, or a combination – whatever works for the group. PHG is available as a resource to help you get started. If you are interested in getting a study or interest group going, contact Sue Walsh at 503-251-5891


North of the Columbia Weaving Study Group

Sue Kohut facilitates this study group that is an offshoot of the guild, approved a couple of years ago. They meet the 3rd Saturday of every month at Blizzard Yarn and Fiber, a local yarn and fiber shop in Vancouver, WA. About 9-10 people typically attend; click here for more info.


Handweavers Guild of America

As the Oregon Representative for Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) Margaret Zeps would like to encourage you to also become a member of HGA. HGA is our national weaving organization whose mission is to educate, support and inspire the fiber arts community. Many of us think of Convergence, the biennial international conference, when we think of HGA. The next Convergence will be in Reno, Nevada on July 6-12, 2018.

Membership also entitles you to receive the quarterly Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot magazine, guided study opportunities, grants to study or take workshops, fiber resources such as textile kits and multimedia rentals, travel excursions and eligibility for Small Expressions exhibit and the HGA Award given to more than 30 deserving artists each year.   Please go to the HGA website, for more information, or contact Margaret Zeps
ANWG Annual General Meeting Report
The recent ANWG annual general meeting, held on May 19 in Portland, Oregon was awesome! Lead by President Linda Gettmann, many details were covered. Especially of note is that Deb Ellis' rigid heddle banner proposal for one of the Challenge Grants was accepted! (Please see Congratulations to Deb above.) Contact Deb if you would like to help with this outreach project.

Show and share of items brought by the various Guild Reps is always a feature of this meeting. The information on the winners of the Best categories, such as Color, Weave, Inspiration, will be posted on the website and in their newsletter. PHG Representative Ladella Williams also requested information about the specific entries that were chosen by the reps in the various categories. From each of the reps, we heard the "story" behind the projects - fun, interesting and inspiring!

Information updates were shared on the upcoming ANWG conference in Prince George, BC, Canada, June 11-16, 2019. Sights to see, travel modes, details of the conference facilities and list of instructors. The theme is Confluences. More information can be found here . The keynote speaker is Abby Franquemont. The conference activities we look forward to include a fashion show, gallery exhibits, meeting old friends and making new friends.
ANWG guild members attending Convergence are invited to a "meet and greet" on Sunday, July 8, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the White Orchard Dining Room at the Peppermill Resort.  For more detail go to the website from there link to the Blog and Facebook page, or sign up for the mailing list to receive information as it unfolds.
2021 ANWG Conference
July 12-17, 2021  Willamette University, Salem, OR
2021 Conference Co-chairs Linda Gettmann and Sue Walsh are gathering a great team for the Steering Committee. Many positions are filled and planning is underway. ANWG will keep you informed of their news and events in the ANWG Newsletter as time marches on...  It will be 2021 before we know it.   For more info or to provide comments, please contact Sue Walsh.


Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds (ANWG) Newsletter is Now Online
The Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds (ANWG) is an association of fiber arts guilds located within the Pacific Northwest United States and Western Canada.  ANWG provides services and support to its Member Guilds with the idea that combining resources and providing an economy of scale, services can be provided that would not be possible for the individual guilds to provide on their own. Click here to read the Winter 2018 Newsletter. 



Textile Hive in Portland, OR
Textile Hive, based in Portland OR, is home to the 40,000 textiles of the Andrea Aranow Textile Design Collection. The collection is the largest fully digitized independent textile collection in the world. Through its membership program the visual database offers access to educational institutions, design professionals and textile enthusiasts. Textile Hive’s mission is to preserve and enable greater access to the rich history, intricate techniques, and stunning visual beauty of the textile collection through immersive physical and digital experiences. Click here to learn more, or sign up for a tour..


 Rental Equipment
Remember PHG has equipment we rent to members. We have a variety of weaving and spinning items for a pretty great price - most items rent for $20 per month. Rent equipment in June and keep it for 3 months! 

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. Contact Ladella Williams  for more info.

Fiber Events

 From Fiber to Fabric:   Follow the Thread

June 20 - September 15th, 2018

The current exhibit at the Hood River History Museum explores the history of textiles and focuses on the local textile arts community.

The exhibit features many items from the museum’s collection as well as contemporary works by fiber artists in the Gorge including some PHG members. One entire wall tells the story of weaving in the US, its resurgence in the Gorge, and the creation of the two weaving guilds in the area.

The museum is located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive (I-84 exit #64, go north as if crossing to Washington and take last left before bridge) and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.  Admission is $5.  Website


Oregon State Fair
August 24-September 3, 2018  Salem, OR

see website for more


Textile Society of America 2018 Symposium
September 19-23, 2018
Vancouver BC, Canada

find more information here
Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival
Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby, OR
September 22-23, 2018

find more information here

PHG will do an educational exhibit again. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ladella
Fiber Fusion Northwest
October 20-21, 2018
Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe, WA

find more information here


The Felting Affaire @PDX
October 20-23, 2018
University Place Hotel and Conference Center, Portland, OR
The Felting Source is delighted to announce its inaugural Pacific Northwest felting workshop! What could be more fun than spending four awesome days with three instructors, six classes and 60 other felters? Marjolaine, Arsenault, Diane Caswell Christian, and Emilia Ponomarev will each teach two classes during the 4-day event. They will share their expertise, skills, and special felting techniques with you as you create projects from seamless garments to accessories to landscapes. Registration information.
Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival
October 26-28, 2018
The Dalles, OR

find more information here
Fiber Mania
October 27-29, 2018
Grants Pass, OR

find more information here


ANWG Conference: Confluences: 2019 Northwest Weavers Conference
June 11-16, 2019  Prince George, B.C., Canada
The website for the 2019 ANWG Conference will be up and running by the end of the summer.  To keep up to date with what is happening, join the mailing list by contacting 

ANWG sponsored conferences are held every odd-numbered year at a location within our region. Member guilds have traditionally been the “hosts” with financial assistance and support from ANWG. As is tradition, Oregon guilds (WeGO) are hosting once again in an “01” year, 2021.


ANWG 2021 Conference Planning
July 11-14, 2021, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Planning and pre-conference work activities are underway for the 2021 Conference of the Association of Northwest Weaving Guilds, to be held at Willamette University in Salem over July 11-14, 2021. The host organization is the Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO), with each member guild helping with various aspects of the conference. Co-leads are Portland Handweavers Guild members Linda Gettmann of Bend and Sue Walsh of Portland.
PHG’s guild contribution will be creating the nametags, with production beginning this summer. A table will be set up at the June meeting with samples and for Q&A on how and where to weave if you don’t have an 8H loom or just want to weave one or two, or how to get a warp if you want to weave several at home. By starting early, we’ll have plenty of time to do a great job, have fun, and let everyone get involved. If you are interested in helping weave and/or assemble nametags, contact Sue Walsh

Call for Entries

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Vancouver Conference ribbons 2017

shibori samples

Phoebe McAffee

PHG Retreat

Guild Show at MAC

Janis Johnson

Linda Hendrickson table weaving

Theresa Ruch

Francisco Bautista