Guild Member News

PHG Dye Play Day at OCAC
Save the date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
On Saturday, January 13, 2018 PHG will host, for its members, a dye play day at Oregon College of Art & Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR. We expect to use both fiber reactive dyes for plant fibers (e.g., cotton, linen, tencel, hemp) and some natural dyes for any natural fiber.
Attendees should bring their own fiber, and that fiber should be clean, preferably damp, and labeled some way so the owner can identify it. Skeins should be loosely tied in several places with figure-8 ties to make sure the skein stays organized but allows the dye to penetrate the fibers without leaving a poorly-dyed spot. More detailed instructions will be available at the meetings in December and January, and also in the January newsletter.
In order to get a head-count guesstimate, please RSVP to Sue Walsh
Please be aware that weather can be very challenging in January. This event is weather dependent.   Please read this document for details on the kinds of dye that will be available and how to prepare your fiber.


Spring PHG Retreat
Our Annual Retreat 2018 is set to take off!
What Do We Do?
The easiest way to answer this is to say, “Anything fibery that you’d like to do.” People bring all of their own projects and necessary materials and equipment. You will see traditional looms and weaving as well as tapestry weaving, spinning wheels and spinning, knitting needles and sock knitting machines, sewing machines zipping along or walking across quilts or other sewing projects, and perhaps card making, dyeing, surface design, and kumihimo.

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
We have had many people ask if they could attend for daytime(s) only because they can’t stay overnight. Well, this is it! We are very excited to now offer this new attendee category and hope it meets the needs of more of our members.

    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 on

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!


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.


Weaving Guilds of Oregon 2018 Traveling Show Update

The Color Gone Wild show is on the road and is now showing in central Oregon. The show will be here in March and April at the Marylhurst University gallery, located in the library. A reception is being scheduled for 2-4 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  
Please note that Marlene Lloyd was inadvertently omitted from the list of PHG members selected for the show. Congratulations, Marlene!


Theme of the Year: Color Madness

Your assignment for December was to find color tetrads and to know the difference between them and split complimentary colors. Let's hear from you at Show and Share at the January meeting(s).

Next is January's assignment: Find a picture or photograph or another colorful item and plan a warp with it. Use colored pencils or pens, your computer printout, or start with wrapping warp and weft threads. Limit yourself to the three most predominant colors. Yes, you can splash in a bit of the other colors you see for a spark of interest. Just don't go too mad. Maybe this will be a jump start for a project for our year end Show and Share in June. Now another idea occurs to take the opposite colors of what you see in the drawing or photograph and design with those. What a challenge! Bring your results to the January meeting(s).
Questions? Need help? Did you go mad for color? 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. 


In Memoriam: Dorothy May Scott
Long time Portland Handweavers Guild member Dorothy Scott passed away in November. Dorothy was a very active weaver years ago. She participated in study groups and was very artistic. Her designs were featured on older guild fashion show programs. More will be shared at the January Guild meetings. A celebration of life is to be held in early 2018. Donations in her memory can be made to Portland Handweavers Guild or the charity of your choice. Click here to read her obituary.


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.
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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

Complex Weavers Complexity 2018
It’s time to get creative for Complexity 2018: Innovations in Weaving, Complex Weavers juried exhibit! The entry window is open October 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018. Categories are Apparel and Accessories, Home Furnishings, Yardage and 2- and 3-Dimensional work. Entering is easy via Submittable, our call-for-entry provider.

Complex Weavers is very pleased to announce that Kay Faulkner, Janice Lessman-Moss and Jette Vandermeiden are the jurors. It will be exciting to see members’ work on display from May 29 through July 13, 2018 in the modern Metro Gallery in the lobby of Reno City Hall. Join us for the artists’ reception in Metro Gallery on Tuesday July 10, 2018 from 5 pm to 7 pm!

Awards from Complex Weavers and other organizations will be available at the discretion of the jurors. Click here for the prospectus, which can be found on the Complexity web page.


2018 Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Art In The Pearl invites you to apply to be an exhibitor at one of the top 5 art festivals in the nation!

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Craft Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in the beautiful historic North Park Blocks of Portland, Oregon. Art In The Pearl features the artwork of artists from across the USA and Canada. The 3-day festival, developed and produced by a dedicated volunteer board of artists, has many attractions: exceptional visual artists, artist demonstrations, an interactive art area for children of all ages, and a variety of food vendors. This community event gives patrons the special opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists. Over one hundred artists show and sell work ranging from fine woodworking to beautiful paintings to photography, glass, printmaking, ceramics, metal, jewelry, and much more.

Apply to sell art at one of the nation’s premier art festivals! APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE DECEMBER 1, 2017 on Zapplication — Mark your calendar!  Application Deadline: 02/15/2018

Festival Date: Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2018 Hours: 10 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday (September 1st and 2nd, 2018); 10 am-5 pm on Monday (September 3rd, 2018)
Location: The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between NW Davis and NW Flanders at NW 8th Avenue.  More Info   Contact


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