Guild Member News

Spring PHG Retreat
Hello, PDX Handweavers Guild Members and Fiber Friends –

Pack your bags and projects. The Annual PHG Retreat 2018 is ready to go! Best of all, there is still room for YOU to attend! Cutoff date to sign up is March 10, 2018.Our Annual Retreat 2018 is set to take off!

What Do We Do?
 “Anything fibery that you’d like to do.” We also have a great time socializing with other interesting Guild members, eating lovely food with NO clean up afterwards, and having dedicated time to work, learn, and share with other like-minded, wonderful people.

If you have a question or two about a project you are doing or want to do, knowledgeable input and opinions abound.

This is an ideal place to bring any UnFinished Object (UFO) from the back of the closet to finish up. The Sharing Table is a great place to swap out some items you no longer need for something new for your stash.

While there is no formal instruction or classes scheduled, a whole lotta learning takes place as we chat and share experiences and knowledge.

Dates and Prices:
Thursday, March 29, 2018 to Sunday 1 pm, April 1, 2018 (Easter)
     Thursday Afternoon (2 PM) arrival)
     3 nights lodging and 9 meals = $260.00

Friday, March 30, 2018 to Sunday 1 pm, April 1, 2018
     Friday Afternoon (2 PM) arrival:
     2 nights lodging and 6 meals = $175.00

Day Tripper
If you can’t stay overnight but want to get a taste of the fun we have, this option is for you. We are very excited to now offer this new attendee category and hope it meets the needs of more of our members. And, if you Day Trip for multiple days, you can leave projects in place.

    Friday, March 30, 2018, 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
        Attend one day only with no meals, Anytime arrival - $10.00
        Attend with meals:
            Breakfast, lunch & dinner - $45.00
            Breakfast & lunch - $31.00
            Lunch & dinner - $38.00
            Lunch only - $22.00

    Saturday, March 31, 2018, 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
        Attend one day only with no meals, Anytime arrival - $10.00
        Attend with meals:
            Breakfast, lunch & dinner - $45.00
            Breakfast & lunch - $31.00
            Lunch & dinner - $38.00
            Lunch only - $22.00

    Sunday, April 1, 2018, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM (Easter)
        Attend one day only with no meals, Anytime arrival - $10.00
        Attend with meals:
            Breakfast & Lunch - $31.00
            Lunch only - $22.00

Cedar Ridge Retreat & Conference Center
Vernonia, OR
A map will be provided later

This is a wonderful venue. There is space aplenty for all of us with room for multiple projects! The setting is open and inviting. It’s full of natural light and there is a large fireplace to gather around. Food is fresh, plentiful, and delicious. The Staff is excellent.

Lodging includes sheets and towels. You can request roommates, a double room, a single room, etc. It’s very flexible. Bathrooms are shared but plentiful and very clean.

Your deposit of $50.00 is due now.
Please send your deposit check of  $50.00 made out to PHG with your housing preferences noted to:
Diane McKinnon
45245 NW Wildberry Lane
Forest Grove, OR 97116

Please contact Diane McKinnon with any questions, (503.992.8690). She is looking forward to hearing from you soon!


Weaving Guilds of Oregon 2018 Traveling Show Update

The Weaving Guilds of Oregon Traveling Show, Color Gone Wild, will open March 5 at Marylhurst University’s Streff gallery, located in the university library. A light reception is scheduled for 2 - 4PM on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  Please plan to attend.


ANWG Challenge Grants
The Association of Northwest Weaving Guilds (ANWG) 2018 Creative Challenge Grants of $600 are to be awarded to member guilds soon. See more info here.   If you or a group of friends have a project in mind or a special workshop idea, please feel free to send your proposal to Ladella Williams  or to PHG President Sue Walsh. Application deadline is April 15, 2018. 


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

We hope you are weaving madly and will be ready to share your project in June. Remember weaving, felting, braiding, dyeing, spinning or any such fiber art are all great techniques to share with us. To get started, check out the latest Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot magazine for the color article by Tien Cheu. Also, Robin Spady has a digital pdf file on PHG's members-only page: The Taming of the Hue.

Questions? Need help? Did you go mad for color? contact Ladella Williams


Membership News
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. 


Volunteers Needed - Many Opportunities Available!

PHG Board Positions Open for 2017-2018

Most of the board positions and committee chairs are open for the coming 2017-2018 year.  Please contact Sue Walsh to learn more. 


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


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 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.
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. 


 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

Rose City Yarn Crawl
March 1-4, 2018
Portland, OR
An annual Portland experience, the Rose City Yarn Crawl is a four-day event for fiber enthusiasts — knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and felters — to explore the many shops in and around Portland, Oregon! 2018 will mark our 9th year of celebrating Portland as a yarn and fiber destination.

Annemie Koenens Felting Workshop in Eugene In March, Tylar Merrill will be hosting Annemie Koenens, a master felter from Amsterdam. She will be teaching a two-day workshop on felt surface design on March 8 & 9 at the Whitprint Annex in Eugene, OR.There are still four spaces in the class. This is a rare opportunity to study with someone of Annemie’s experience and recognition in Eugene. Click here for more information.
Also, this October, 2018, Tylar will also be coordinating another felting event called The Felting Affaire’ PDX, a four-day event in downtown Portland, with guest artists from Russia, the US, & Canada. Contact Tylar for more information.

Abernethy Spring Fiber Sale
March 17, 2018   Abernethy Grange, Oregon City, OR
The Abernethy Spring Fiber Sale takes place from 10am to 4pm, at the Abernethy Grange: 15745 S. Harley Ave, OR City. The sale is presented by Northwest Regional Spinners Association, Area 6030.
There will be vendors on two floors, with emphasis on local fibers, yarns and equipment for all interested in any of the fiber arts. The event is free, and the grange folks will be returning with their wonderful cinnamon rolls, cookies, soups and sandwiches (there will be a minimal charge for food). For more information, contact Pat Bojinoff or Debbie Ellis , or check out their website for further info.

Knot Another Fiber Festival
see more info here
April 27-29, 2018
The Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton, OR

Umpqua Fiber Fest 2018, a Celebration of Fibers
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church - 1771 W. Harvard Ave. Roseburg OR
Free for all ages  Questions ? Contact Cindy

Damascus Open Studio Tour
May 18-20, 2018
Damascus, OR
You are invited to the 2nd annual Damascus Open Studio Tour.  More info is available on the Damascus Open Studios website.

Fiber in the Forest
May 18-20, 2018
Myrtle Point, Oregon
Enjoy three days of weaving, spinning, felting — and fun! Choose from a comprehensive workshop menu. Fiber in the Forest is held at Camp Myrtlewood, a scenic rustic retreat located in the Coast Range off Highway 42, 40 miles west of I-5. Three-day workshops are taught by enthusiastic fiber teachers—with plenty of free time for hiking, talking, and enjoying the spring! For more info on the Camp Myrtlewood Website click here. Classes and instructors change with each new year!
More info here: Fiber in the Forest 

ANWG Annual General Meeting
May 19, 2018
Oxford Suites at Jantzen Beach
The next ANWG Annual General Meeting is scheduled to be held in Portland, OR on Saturday, May 19 at the Oxford Suites at Jantzen Beach. If you want more information contact Ladella Williams, PHG's ANWG Representative. The ANWG newsletters are posted on their website.

Northwest Regional Spinners Association Annual Conference
May 31-June 2, 2018
Olympia, WA
Northwest Regional Spinners Association Annual Conference, Olympia, WA  see website

Trout Lake Fiber Arts Festival
June 8-9, 2018
Trout Lake, WA
Washington’s newest fiber festival in Trout Lake takes place where lush forests, flowing rivers, and a towering mountain welcome all those who weave, knit, felt, dye, quilt, and spin. Artists’ Marketplace, Wine & Cheese Reception (no host), creative demonstrations, hands-on activities, maker workshops, alpaca educational tours, “fleece to shawl”, and raffle items.
Visit the website for more information. 

Black Sheep Gathering
June 29-July 1, 2018

Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany, Oregon
see more info here


Convergence 2018 - Handweavers Guild of America
July 6-12, 2018
Reno, Nevada

Registration Now Open

It’s not too late to register!
The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. will present Convergence®, their international fiber arts conference, in Reno, Nevada July 6-12, 2018 at the Peppermill Resort. With more than 1,500 participants, HGA’s biennial Convergence® Conference is a multi-faceted experience with exhibitions, shopping, fashion show, tours, workshops, seminars, lectures, and more.

Reno is within easy driving or flying distance for us.

On Friday, July 6 to Monday, July 9 there is a full schedule of seminars, workshops, lectures, meetings and special events. Three-day workshops start on Tuesday, July 10. A complete list and description of seminars and workshops can be found on the website under the Sessions heading.

The Convergence Value Package is $160. Seminars and workshops are individually priced so that you can take as many or few as you want. HGA membership ($47) is required to take seminars and workshops and can be added to the registration form. You can register early at the Peppermill Resort for your room.
Contact Margaret Zeps, 503-333-7809, if you have any questions.


Complex Weavers 2018 Seminars
July 10-13, 2018  Reno, NV
Complex Weavers is holding its 2018 Seminars in conjunction with Convergence at the Peppermill Resort, Reno, Nevada. There are fabulous speakers, fashion show, the CW silent auction, marketplace, and, of course, Seminars — 29 two-hour seminar sessions from which to choose, with topics covering a wide range of interests and appealing to all skill levels. Find more info here, or contact Ladella Williams to learn more about the Complex Weavers organization.


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
Fiber Fusion Northwest
October 20-21, 2018
Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe, WA

find more information here
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

Call for Entries

Call to Artists - Portland Open Studios
Portland Open Studios is a juried studio tour of ~100 artists in the Portland metro area, providing a unique opportunity for artists to open their studios to the public. Now in our 20th year, Portland Open Studios is an important and anticipated annual arts event that attracts visitors from the community and beyond. The Tour is a free event; attendees may purchase a printed Tour Guide or Mobile app and a free Mobile app is also available.

Event Dates: 10/13/18 - 10/21/18
Entry Deadline: 3/9/18
Click here to apply now. See more info here.
$30 Application Fee until March 3rd when the Application Fee goes to $40.


Call to Artists - 2018 LOCAL 14
2018 LOCAL 14 Art Show & Sale                          
September 29-30, 2018
Set up: September 28, 2018
Venue: Leftbank Annex
            101 North Weidler St.
             Portland, Oregon

Jurying Dates: January 8 to March 20, 2018
Apply   Detailed prospectus and application available on January 8, 2018. Notification of acceptance sent by April 3, 2018
Open To: All West Coast artists, from California to Alaska, including British Columbia and Idaho
More Information:
Questions: Contact Guest Artist Liaisons


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