Guild Member News

Private tour for PHG members of the AlephBet tapestries
The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) opens the doors to its new home with an ambitious exhibition of work by internationally celebrated Russian Jewish artist Grisha Bruskin. ALEFBET: The Alphabet of Memory.

The exhibit features visually stunning large-scale tapestries alongside the artist's preparatory drawings and related gouache paintings, all united by themes that reference Kabbalistic and Talmudic teaching, Hebrew Bible narratives, and the folkloric traditions of Russia.
A private tour has been arranged for PHG members on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:30am.
What:  a one-hour docent-led tour that will include a 15-minute video on the exhibit in the auditorium followed by a Q&A, an overview of the exhibit and the artist’s background, and time for independent exploration. The tour will include an explanation of the Jewish teachings that inspired some of the figures in the tapestries. Space will be provided for our group to discuss the work and the of the technicalities weaving process.
(Group tours are $3/person for groups of 8 or more, or $8 (museum admission cost) for groups of 7 or less.)
When:  Wednesday, August 9th, 11:30 a.m.
Contact Leah Hershey to reserve a space. 



Fiber Artistry at Multonmah Art Center Gallery

Please join your fellow guild members in celebration at the opening reception

Opening Reception   

Friday, June 2, 20177:00pm-9:00pm

June 2-July 3, 2017

Multnomah Arts Center Gallery


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 Joel Weber or Sue Walsh to learn more. 


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.


Handweavers Guild of America

As the new 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.
New Aloha Library Project
The Aloha Community Library is brand new and wants PHG to present information about weaving as textile art. Details and dates are still being worked out. If anyone is willing to help out in an open house Meet and Greet/Show and Tell program, possibly planned for a Saturday afternoon, please e-mail Ladella.
We are looking for members who reside near Aloha, Beaverton and Hillsboro to help in planning the project.

Weaving 101 Class to be rescheduled

The rescheduled date is yet to be determined. Please email Linda Loken if you are interested in attending.
Pat Zimmerman will help interested parties learn a system for calculating warp and weft on a spreadsheet. Here's a brief description of the class:

Using your own laptop/tablet, etc., work on your own copy of a google spreadsheet that makes calculating warp and weft quantities for a project easy.  We'll all work through a sample one together. Then each person can create the numbers for their own project. You'll leave with your own spreadsheet on Google Sheets (in the cloud) which can be duplicated and used for any project.

We are continuing to look for both topics of interest for Weaving 101, and people willing to share what they know with other members. Please send your ideas or requests to Linda Loken.


Untangling the Ancient Inca Code of Strings
Discover Magazine
Two vibrant bundles of string, over 10,000 feet high in the Peruvian Andes, may hold clues for deciphering the ancient code of the Inca civilization. Kept as heirlooms by the community of San Juan de Collata, the strings are khipus, devices of twisted and tied cords once used by indigenous Andeans for record keeping. Anthropologists have long debated whether khipus were simply memory aids — akin to rosary beads — or a three-dimensional writing system. The latter seems more possible. Read the fascinating story here.


Join PHG’s Google Groups site!
PHG’s Google Groups provides our members a simple way to communicate:  we are asking questions and offering answers. If you can’t find your invitation in your inbox, check your spam folder. Questions? You can contact Rebecca Martin.

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 2016
Our 2016 THEME FOR THE YEAR is FIBER ARTISTRY. A theme provides a focus for us to design and execute one or more projects, be it weaving, spinning, dyeing or felting.
A theme also provides a jump start in giving us inspiration as a planning aid for submissions to local exhibits, or for a Guild Booth at the ANWG Conference in 2017. Maybe even for an entry in a Juried Exhibit (more details coming soon).


Now, please answer two questions to get started. We do want to hear from you and learn from you.
What does “Fiber Artistry” mean to you?
How would you interpret this theme?
Email your answers to Once replies are collated they will be shared with PHG members.


Fiber Events

 Entry into the 2017 Oregon State Fair is now open

Follow this link to download the exhibitor handbook. That leads to the website where you can enter your weavings, etc. Easy!
The fair has arranged pickups in several remote sites – Deschutes, Jackson, Douglas, Tillamook, Multnomah counties. They will be gathering up items from the Eugene and Gorge areas and any others that want help. They are trying very hard to make this a state-wide fair, not just a Salem-area event.
Don't forget the Yarn Bombing of the 2017 State Fair. Read more about it below
It is such a fun way to use up that yarn that is just wasting away in the stash.

Question: Can professionals enter items in the fair? The answer is yes. There are three levels  - beginner, experienced and professional.
Within each class, beginners are judged with other beginners, experienced with other experienced, etc. 
More info here


Black Sheep Gathering
June 23-25, 2017
Eugene, Oregon

Take part in one of the most unique events in the country celebrating natural-colored animals and their fiber. The Black Sheep Gathering is an annual event during which participants exchange their knowledge of, and appreciation for, handcraft fibers and the animals that produce them. More Info.



ANWG NW Conference 2017 

The Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds 2017 Conference

Follow this link to ANWG Northwest News now available on-line.

The 2017 Northwest Weavers Conference sponsored by ANWG will be held in Victoria B.C. on the grounds of the University of Victoria. The pre-conference workshops are June 28th to June 30th, 2017. The conference is July 1st and July 2nd, 2017.   The Theme “Treadle Lightly” represents a concern for the environment and having a smaller footprint on the earth.

Registration and show entries are now closed.

Any questions? Ask your ANWG Representative Ladella Williams.  Important! Make sure your passport is up to date. Remember it does take time to obtain new passports or to renew them. Do you need more information about ANWG? We will post the basic information on the Members only page on the website, or ask on the Portland Handweavers Guild's Google Groups site.  Read their latest newsletter here.

The primary conference host will be the members of the Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild. Victoria is a picturesque city with many places to visit. Plan to take some time to be a tourist as well.

Surface Design Association Conference 2017
August 3-6, 2017 in Portland, Oregon
Join SDA when they return to Portland, Oregon for the biennial conference centered on creativity and their 40th Anniversary. This conference features an array of exciting speakers, balancing thoughtful inquiry and dialogue with making and celebration. Making Our Mark will be held in partnership with Portland State University and Oregon College of Art & Craft, with sponsorship from the American Crafts Council and Friends of Fiber Art. Click here for registration info.

Oregon State Fair
August 25-September 4, 2017 in Salem, OR
JOIN US in a YARN BOMB*! Creative Living at the Oregon State Fair
Knit, crochet, weave or otherwise create a fiber piece that will be used to cover tree trunks, and who knows what else, at the 2017 Oregon State Fair Aug. 25-Sept. 4. The piece can be any size and made of any type of yarn. The more variety in color and pattern, the better.
Perfection is not required!
*YARN BOMB, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. - Wikipedia

Contributions to the Yarn Bomb can be brought to the Oregon State Fair office, 2330 17th St NE or the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE, any time before the fair opens on August 25.  
Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival
September 23-24, 2017
Canby, Oregon
Information now available online and in print. Several PHG members ae teaching and judging. With the focus on Lace, classes for tatting, crocheting and bobbin lace are being offered.  Portland Handweavers Guild is offering two awards, one for Best Handwoven item and a second for either Best new weaver or Jurors choice. There are various categories to enter so please do show off your work.  
OFFF also has a Facebook page so check that out as well. Location is Canby, OR Clackamas County Event Center. Always the last full
weekend in September. Sept. 23 and 24, 2017.

PHG Educational Exhibit featured Lace previously so we have asked the chairpersons Phoebe McAfee and Janis Johnson of PHG’s Guild
booth at ANWG 2017 Conference in Victoria if they would share with the public the awesome items PHG members have made by recycling
materials. If you did not get to the ANWG conference you may still have a chance to see some of those great items at OFFF in our
educational exhibit. Here is another tidbit: If you started working on something and did not finish it in time for the conference (remember that
special theme of recycling or upcycling materials), why not submit it for our OFFF exhibit?

Connect with Ladella for any questions or information about the educational exhibit at OFFF. We will post more information in the September PHG newsletter for collecting these pieces.

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.

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.

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.


WeGO Traveling Show 2018

Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) will sponsor a juried traveling exhibit of weaving and other fiber art during calendar year 2018. The theme of the show is “Color Gone Wild”. No particular colors are required – just think of what you can make with any wild colorway!

The show will exhibit for all of 2018 in five venues averaging two months in each location. Items may be for sale or not. Awards for Best of Show and other categories will be given.

Entries are open to members of WeGO - member guilds and residents in the State of Oregon.

The deadline for submitting items is October 31, 2017.

See the WeGO to obtain the Prospectus, Entry Form and Artist Agreement.   Contact Rebecca Martin for more information.


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.

Laura Keith - double bracelet

Phoebe McAffee

PHG Retreat

Guild Show at MAC

Janis Johnson

Sharon's Peru trip

Theresa Ruch

Francisco Bautista

Rosalie Neilson