Guild Member News

Final Call for Mini-Workshop Leaders
We are offering a mini-workshop program for December and would like a couple 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. Hands-on sessions can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours so participants can do one or multiple sessions. The list of options will be in the December newsletter.  If you’d like to lead a mini-workshop, please contact Sue Walsh  or at 503-251-5891


Friendly reminder - Renew your PHG Membership today!
While it is too late to be included in the 2017-2018 Membership Directory, it's not too late to renew your PHG membership and keep the wonderful benefits that PHG membership offers: Newsletter, Library, Sales, Rental Equipment and more! If you have not yet done so, please renew today, and thanks!
Click here to download a 2017-2018 membership form.


PLEASE NOTE, as the November evening meeting is located in Room 7, the library will only be available from 6:30 to 7:00 pm in the hallway outside the guild closet (near the gallery). Returns will be accepted during the meeting for those who cannot arrive beforehand. As usual, the library will be available after the morning meeting in the hallway.


Theme of the Year: Color
Color is one of the key elements we use in designing our projects, whatever technique we use and love. Yes, we are madly in love with color to express our designs. Our theme for the year 2017-2018  is COLOR MADNESS.
Weave madly in your favorite colors. Use colors you have worked with before. Experiment using different combinations including those you may
not like. Learn color terminology. In June be ready to share your projects, your tricks and mishaps.

Now, for the November PHG meetings you will be thrown a challenge. Bring whatever you have or find in complementary colors (photos, color papers, actual weaving projects or ? You won't have to talk about what you bring. Just post it so we can see it with a note and your name attached.
Happy Challenge - Go for it!  Questions, contact Ladella Williams


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
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.


 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

Fall 2017 Feltmaking Workshops with LeBrie Rich at PenFelt Studio
Check out the felting workshops offered this fall:
11/4 - Felted Acorns @ People's Co-Op Community Room
11/12 - Nuno Felt Scarf @ PenFelt Studio
12/3 - Felted Slippers @ PenFelt Studio

Portland Bead Society - Annual Bead Bazaar
November 4-5, 2017 Montgomery Park - 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland
Bead vendors will have a dazzling array of handmade, contemporary, and vintage beads and findings, as well as components which complement the
beads, such as, fiber, wood, glass, clay, and metal pieces. Catch a demonstration at the Inspiration stage, or engage in conversations with the
artists themselves.   $5.00 admission

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.

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.The 2018 Class Schedule and the Program Overview is on the Madrona website.
 Registration for classes will open on Thursday morning, November 9, 2017 PT.  Hotel Murano reservations will also open Thursday morning, November 9th when class registration opens. Go to the Make Hotel Reservations page to find all the info you need about making hotel reservations and the special Madrona room rates. Reservations for the Madrona dates can ONLY be made online through the Make Hotel Reservations page. NO PHONE CALLS.
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.


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 so that you can start your planning now. Be sure to register early so that you get your preferred choices.
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.
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