Guild Member News

New Member Tea - October 22nd
The annual New Member Tea is scheduled for 1 - 3 pm on Sunday, October 22nd at the home of Kate Dobbins, 6347 SE Scott Drive, Portland. New members can learn about the guild, meet Board members, and share tea and snacks. Please RSVP to Kate at
or 503-234-7729. 


Second Call for Mini-Workshop Leaders
We are offering a mini-workshop program for December and would like a few more leaders. Ideas for mini-workshops include braids/cords, how to tie a weaver’s knot, a “Dear Tabby” table, how to read a weaving draft, how to successfully mix different textile techniques, and playing with a weaving program. We’d like to have at least eight stations (four at the day program) with hands-on sessions of anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours so
participants can do one or multiple sessions. If you’d like to lead a mini-workshop, please contact Sue Walsh  or at 503-251-5891


We are also looking for leaders to do a scaled-down version of this mini-workshop program at the Day meeting in Room 7. Please contact

Liz Palmer at  or 360-256-2940 with your ideas. 


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

Show and Share Your Workshop Projects Show and Share at meetings is an important feature that many of us appreciate. Share with us your workshop projects at both the day and evening meetings. Share what you learned and what you might do next! Others will be greatly inspired by seeing your work, and you might get inspired further or challenged when questions are asked.
2016-2017 PHG Grant awarded to Leah Hershey
Leah Hershey will use the Grant money to attend an Arts and Crafts tour to Japan November 1-14, 2017. The trip will provide opportunities to experience age-old weaving and dye techniques, visits to museums and shops that house traditional textile collections, plus contemporary fiber works. Leah will share her trip with the Guild at a future meeting. She plans to create a multimedia journal of her experiences that will be available after the presentation to check out from the Guild Library. 


The PBS series Craft in America, BORDERS episode, explores the relationships and influences that Mexican and American craft artists have on each other and our cultures. This episode features weavers and dyers, paper and print-making artists of Oaxaca, Mexico. Click here for the local OPB broadcast schedule, or click here to watch online.

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
WeGo to host ANWG Conference in Salem in 2021
Clarification: Linda Gettmann is a member of both PHG and Central Oregon Spinners & Weavers. PHG’s Sue Walsh and Linda Gettmann, also of Central Oregon Spinners & Weavers in Bend, are co-chairs for the ANWG Conference, to be hosted by WeGO in July of 2021. The conference will be held at Willamette University in Salem, the site of the 2011 conference. Sue and Linda are contacting all Oregon weaving guilds to hear what you want from this conference as well as what individuals and guilds can contribute. Some workshop and seminar leaders are booking three and four years in advance so we need to know who to approach as soon as possible.

Conference attendees get a “goody bag” – a tote bag – with registration; what features do you like (lots of small compartments, or just a simple tote bag?). Individual guilds contribute something, such as stuffing bags or weaving name tags; what might PHG do?  Do you want lots of hands-on workshops, or do you want workshops that don’t require you to transport equipment? Super heavy on the weaving, or weaving focus but other fiber arts? What do you want in the Fashion Show? What things do you NOT want?

There are also some very important individual roles that need to be filled sooner rather than later. Needed are a Treasurer, Fashion Show Coordinator, and a person responsible for Registration, among other major positions. Sue and Linda are very excited to be part of this conference and look forward to hearing what you want and what you think you can contribute. For more info or to provide comments, please contact Sue Walsh.


ANWG Fall Newsletter can be found here.



List/Find Items For Sale on the website
We have a page on the PHG website for selling items we no longer use. Looms, spinning wheels and their accessories, drum carders, combs, etc. What do you have taking up space in your home? Check out the Items For Sale page of the website. 
You must be a PHG member to post an item.


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. The items are listed in the current member directory, and on our Members Only webpage. From that page you can download our Rental Equipment Catalog as well.  Contact Ladella Williams  for more info.


Theme of the Year: Color
"Color Gone Wild"

As described last month, the 2018 Weaving Guilds of Oregon Traveling Show, “Color Gone Wild,” has posted its entry requirements and form, artist agreement, final prospectus, and contact information here.

Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2017 to Linda Davis. For those wishing to have their entries delivered, Sue Walsh is planning to drive to Bend.  She can pick up your entries with all paperwork and entry fees at the October meetings, or other arrangements are also possible. Please contact Sue  to make arrangements.


Fiber Events

Currents Gallery 8th Annual Fiber Show
September 11-October 15, 2017 in McMinnville, OR

The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome
September 23, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus, Eugene, Oregon
The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome,” an exhibition of rare 17th century Italian tapestries that once decorated St. Peter’s Basilica, will be on view beginning September 23, 2017 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus. This exhibition features one of the Barberini’s most renowned series, the “Life of Christ,” on loan from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. “The Barberini Tapestries” will open with a free public reception on Friday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. In 2001, a major fire in the Cathedral seriously damaged two of the “Life of Christ” tapestries. The Textile Conservation Laboratory, renowned worldwide for its work on antique and modern textiles, has spent the last 16 years cleaning and conserving the tapestries, culminating in this highly anticipated exhibition. Fragments from one of the two damaged tapestries will be displayed in the exhibition, along with text and illustrations providing a fascinating glimpse into the advanced methods and painstaking care required to return the series to its original glory. The centerpiece of the exhibition, the installation of the ten surviving tapestries, will be accompanied by rare books, period objects, and computer kiosks offering detailed background information.  These will help recreate the cultural, dynastic, political and religious worlds of the Barberini family. The digital interface was developed by the Location Lab at the University of Oregon’s GIS & Mapping Team. Its interactive features will be available in the galleries and can also be experienced online at the link above.

Salem Fiber Arts Guild Annual Handweavers Sale
October 6 - 7, 2017, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Willamette Heritage Center - 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR
  For more information, please visit , or call 503-585-7012.

Fibers & Beyond Conference and Sale
October 10 - 14, 2017
Jansen Art Center in Lynden, Washington

Registration is now open for FIBERS & BEYOND workshops.  A joint presentation of Whatcom Weavers Guild and the Jansen Textile Group, this mini-conference offers workshops for all skill levels in a variety of fiber arts including felting, weaving and dyeing.
This year’s conference keynote address – Coast Salish Weaving – will be delivered by Dr. Susan Pavel on Wednesday, October 11. For more information visit the website Fibers & Beyond Conference
Whatcom Weavers Guild holds its annual Fibers & Beyond Sale on the last day of the conference, Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden, WA.  Free admission and lots of free parking in downtown Lynden. 

Fiber Fusion Northwest
October 21-22, 2017
Monroe, Washington
Fiber Fusion Northwest is a 2-day event that takes place annually on the 3rd weekend in October. Focusing on natural fibers and fiber arts, the goal is to support fiber artists, local breeders, and fiber related businesses by increasing public awareness of natural fibers and their many creative uses.

Columbia George Fiber Festival
October 27-29, 2017
The Dalles, OR
The Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival has found a reputation as the Gorge’s premier fiber event. The CGFF is produced by Sarah Keller, owner of Hood River’s LYS Knot Another Hat, and is held annually in the Columbia River Gorge. The festival is proud to offer world class fiber arts education and a small but exclusive vendor marketplace.

Fiber Mania
October 28-29, 2017
Grants Pass, Oregon
The 8th Annual FiberMania, an event celebrating the natural animal and plant fibers that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us. See more info here.

Call to Artists - Currents Gallery Holiday Show

see additional information HERE

The 2018 WeGO Traveling Show is Looming
Call for Entries: WeGO Traveling Show
The 2018 Weaving Guilds of Oregon Traveling Show, “Color Gone Wild,” has posted its entry requirements and form, artist agreement, final prospectus, and contact information, see link above.
Summer is a great time to get inspired by color and to weave, spin, felt, or use multiple textile techniques. PHG has some great artists, and we’d love to be represented in this terrific juried traveling show going to Bend, Portland, Roseburg, Baker City and Salem.
Please consider entering; CA$H prizes to be awarded! Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2017.  Contact your WeGO representative Rebecca Martin for more information.

Tinkuy 2017, the Gathering of the Textile Arts
November 8-11, 2017
Cusco, Peru
This international gathering of indigenous textile artisans, textile enthusiasts, art historians, anthropologists, and many others will celebrate the wealth and diversity of our textile traditions, and everyone is invited!
Not only will there be hands-on workshops and opportunities to learn about textile arts from some of the world’s leading experts, this unique conference also helps encourage and empower textile artisans from developing countries who are continuing their traditions, strengthening their communities, and making a future for their families. You cannot imagine the pride in the eyes of a weaver from a tiny village community when she sees hundreds of weavers from around the world gathered to celebrate her traditions—traditions that have been undervalued and all but lost in the weaver’s own society. Not only do the artisan participants come away with new weaving ideas and a new sense of pride, they leave with training to help them make their businesses more successful and sustainable.   Find more information here.

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art
November 10-12
Multnomah Arts Center - 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland
Fine Silks and Tribal Art, representing the finest traditional artists who live in hilltribe Laos and Vietnam. Free and open to the public.
Fri 10 am-5 pm
Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun 11 am-4 pm

Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat
February 15-18, 2018
Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA
Madrona Fiber Arts was started by fiber enthusiasts who wanted to bring great teachers to the Pacific Northwest. Featuring incomparable teaching, small classes and informal settings. Click here for a Sneak Preview of the 2018 event.
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 

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

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. HGA is excited to share with members and fellow fiber enthusiasts all that Reno and Northern Nevada has to offer.

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