Guild Member News

Thank You for a Great Conference!
A huge thank you to Phoebe McAfee, Janis Johnson, and everyone who contributed to the PHG Guild Booth at the ANWG Conference in Victoria earlier this summer. We won a total of three ribbons, including one for the best overall representation of the conference theme, Treadle Lightly. It was a beautiful and fun booth, with everything recycled, repurposed, renewed, reused, reborn, reprised …. 


Meeting Rooms at MAC: Update
Treasurer Pat Zimmerman and President Sue Walsh met with representatives of Multnomah Arts Center to consider options for rooms that better meet our needs for the day and evening programs. The day meeting room is too small, and the auditorium is not only too large but also has significant lighting and acoustic issues. There were no immediate alternatives that appeared to be an improvement, so the September programs will continue to be in Room 7 and the Auditorium for the day and evening programs respectively. However, we will try something different for the evening program in October. 


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. 

Call for Mini-Workshop Leaders
We’d like to offer a 2-hour mini-workshop program for the December evening program, but need leaders. We already have a leader for a 2-hour introduction to weaving. Ideas for other mini-workshops include braiding/cording, 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 with hands-on sessions of anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours so participants can do one or multiple sessions. If you have an idea for a mini-workshop, contact Sue Walsh 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 Palmerat  or 360-256-2940 with your ideas. 


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

Call for Demonstrators in WeGO Booth at Oregon State Fair
You are invited to join the Weaving Guilds of Oregon demonstrating in their booth at the Oregon State Fair. We will be there the full 11 days from Friday, August 25th through Monday, September 4th. Demonstrators have shown weaving, spinning, knitting, tapestry, felting and other fiber related crafts. We will be in the air conditioned Columbia Hall. You may come as a guild or individually. Please call or email Carrie Rohn with the date or dates you would like to demonstrate. You receive a gate pass and there are parking passes available. Please try to car pool. The booth will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. The first shift will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and the next from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.    
You are welcome to park your equipment in the booth if you would like to see the fair during the half of the day you aren’t demonstrating. There will be meal breaks arranged during each shift so that the booth is always staffed. Carrie will send information before the fair starts informing you about which gate to come in and which door will be open.
There will be a warped floor loom for weaving demonstrations and you may bring a small loom, spinning wheel, knitting, lace making, felting or your current fiber project. There will be a drum carder, hand cards and a ball winder. The fair supplies tables and chairs. You are welcome to bring examples of projects you have completed to share with the public.
Fiber artisans, whether guild members or not, are welcome to participate.  Grab a friend and join the Weaving Guilds of Oregon for their 38th year at the fair.   Carrie Rohn   H  503-761-9157    C  971-221-5250

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.  

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

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival
September 23-24, 2017
Canby, Oregon
The Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival includes three days of workshops and a weekend filled with demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars and kids’ activities. Sept 23 and 24 at the Clackamas County Event Center. Information now available online

The OFFF focus for 2017 is “Lace”. Weave Lace for the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Lace of any kind, whether you or others made it, will be accepted for this educational exhibit: Bobbin Lace, Tatted Lace, Woven Lace, Knitted Lace of handspun, Crocheted Lace of handspun. Your lace items will be collected at the September Day and Evening meetings and returned to you in October. We will also appreciate helpers to set up this exhibit. If you are interested in learning more about arranging the items in the showcases at OFFF, please contact 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.

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.

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.

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

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.



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

Laura Keith - double bracelet

Phoebe McAffee

PHG Retreat

Guild Show at MAC

Janis Johnson

Sharon's Peru trip

Theresa Ruch

Francisco Bautista