Warp Dyeing Workshop — Ikat Indigo Scarf    
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Multnomah Arts Center

Weavers! Bring a prepared scarf warp and learn to use the ancient art of ikat binding to create a beautiful pattern with natural indigo dye. Draw inspiration from ikat images from around the world. Warps should be prepared in advance. A supply list and instructions provided prior to workshop. Price includes a $10 material fee that is non-refundable after class begins.

Click here to register for course# 1087490, or contact Kate Loomis for more info.

PHG Workshops 2017 - 2018

 A few times each year, PHG brings talented, well-known weavers to Portland to conduct workshops for members. Here's our current schedule.


Linda Hendrickson October 14 - 15, 2017:
Sazigyo: Sacred Images and Long Lines of Fine, Shapely Lettering

This tablet weaving workshop will include instruction in the double-faced weave, weaving with fine threads, reading a pattern graph, weaving traditional sazigyo designs, weaving words in Burmese and/or English, analyzing a tablet weaving to create a graph for reproduction of a design, and creating original graphs.
Students must know how to make a continuous warp and have at least some experience with tablet weaving.  Students who are experienced with the double-faced weave can plan to make a warp with 20/2 perle cotton.  Those with no experience with this structure should plan to make two warps -- one with 5/2 for learning the technique, and a second warp with 20/2.

A list of tools and supplies will be provided to anyone interested in the workshop. Students are welcome to bring their own, or Linda can provide anything they need to purchase; they would need to be ordered by September 15. Contact Linda for more info.


The photo on the right shows the fiery lion who breathes out the text.   On the top is the original on my 100-year old tablet-woven sazigyo, and on the bottom is my reproduction with 20/2 perle cotton that I wove as part of my weaving demonstration in Bangkok in 2014.


To register for Linda’s workshop, please contact Sue Walsh at the meeting(s) or via email indicating your interest and mail a $25 deposit check (made out to PHG) to: Workshop Chair, Portland Handweavers Guild, P. O. Box 6676, Portland, OR 97228. The workshop fee balance of $100 will be due at the workshop. This is a great chance to learn an amazing portable weaving technique from a true master!

Joanne Hall November 6 - 8, 2017 Swedish Art Weaves.

There is still space in Joanne Hall’s wonderful Swedish Art Weaves workshop.

This 3-day workshop will be held Monday-Wednesday, November 6-8 at the Mill End Store, 4875 SW Western Ave, Beaverton.  Enrollment is limited to 16 participants. Cost is $125 per person PLUS materials fee payable in advance of $35 (we have received linen warps and instructions from Joanne, so all you need is time to warp your loom).

Participants must have a loom with at least 4 harnesses and 11” weaving width, a 10-dent reed, and a couple of stick shuttles.

If you wish to register, please send a check for $35 payable to PHG to: Workshop Chair, Portland Handweavers Guild, P. O. Box 6676, Portland, OR 97228. For additional information, please call or email Sue Walsh at 503-251-5891  The remaining amount due of $125 will be due at the workshop.

Laverne Waddington  April 21-22, 2018

Warp-Faced Double Weave on Backstrap Loom

Laverne Waddington returns to Portland for another Backstrap Weaving workshop to be held in Battle Ground, WA.


New Class with Laverne Waddington! This warp-faced double weave structure gives weavers the ability to create sturdy bands with clean, crisp designs on backgrounds of solid color using only two simple sheds. Both faces of the band are structurally identical with colors reversed.

Because it is basically plain weave and therefore, does not require the complexities of warp-float length and alignment to be considered, it allows the weaver to advance quite quickly to creating original patterns. I liken it to “doodling” on plain weave.

In this two-day class, we will use patterns drawn from Bolivian and Bedouin weaving to create narrow bands of crisp geometric plant and animal figures on prepared warps. As students become increasingly comfortable with the sequence of moves used to create the two layers of cloth, they can create their own motifs.  

Participants will later wind their own wider warps which will give them access to an even greater variety of patterns.

Class is limited to 8 students. Cost is approximately $100 plus $15 materials fee. Please send $25 deposit to reserve your space to:
     Betty Davenport
     16414 NE 244th St.
     Battle Ground, WA  98604
Questions? contact Betty at (360) 687-3415

Robyn Spady  May 12-13, 2018 “Extreme Warp Makeover”

One opening is now available for Robyn Spady’s two-day workshop.  Location is the Beaverton Mill End Store, 4875 SW Western Avenue, Beaverton, OR. The cost of the workshop is $150. Please email Sue Walsh  if you have questions or comments.

Workshop: Tablet Weaving the Aleph-Bet
Sunday May 20, 1:00-5:00 pm; Wednesday, May 30, 5:00–8:00 pm

Congregation Shir Tikvah is offering a two-day workshop in weaving the Hebrew alphabet, the aleph bet. Tablet weaving is a great technique for making narrow, sturdy bands to be sewn onto a prayer shawl or tallit, a bookmark or belt or just trim to adorn a kippah or tablecloth.
Beginners are welcome. No experience necessary.
Instructor: Linda Hendrickson
Enrollment limited to 12 students.   Cost: $60 (materials included)   Register
Location: Congregation Shir Tikvah, The Bridgeport Building, 7550 NE Irving Street (between NE Glisan and Halsey, at 76th Ave.) Portland, OR 97213

Special Workshop Opportunity in Astoria

May 29-31, 2018
Rosalie Neilson  Rep Weave
The Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) is helping defray costs of a series of workshops, especially for guilds with fewer opportunities and/or resources to acquire workshop leaders. Astoria Fiber Arts guild has space available in its Rosalie Neilson Rep Weave workshop scheduled for May 29-31, 2018. The cost would be between $100-$133, depending on final enrollment.
If Astoria gets 12 people, the workshop would cost $75 PLUS yarn costs and Rosalie's materials fee. If less than 12, then the cost would be a little more, but not over $133. Astoria Fiber Arts Studio has two 8-H floor looms that could be rented at $30/day, although anyone interested may want to bring their own 8-H table loom provided it has a 15" weaving width.
Rosalie has just sent out instructions on how to order yarn for the warp/weft and some other pre-workshop information which can be sent to those who sign up, so that they can order the necessary workshop materials.
Participants will need to send a check to Astoria Fiber Arts for the $50 non-refundable deposit.
The dates of Astoria’s workshop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 29, 30 and 31. Please email Sue Walsh ASAP if you are interested, or call 503-251-5891.
SPECIAL BONUS: You can enjoy Astoria! Great food, cool Maritime Museum, and the Goonies. What’s not to like?

Workshops In Planning for the 2018-19 Season

We are already working on the 2018-19 workshops and it looks to be another exciting year.  Some workshops will require the instructor and participant to perform some advance work, so we are asking that you let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. Deposits are $25 for any workshop. Costs listed below are estimates; final costs of workshops will depend on the cost of the venue selected for the workshop.

Linda Davis - Bateman Weaves
This workshop will introduce participants to three tied weaves developed by Dr. William Bateman. Students will be assigned a draft and come to the workshop with looms pre-threaded for a round-robin style workshop. Students will learn the essential differences between these three weaves and the variety of ways in which they can be drafted and woven. 3 days: October 12-14, 2018; $175 + $10 materials fee. Max = 15 participants; intermediate – advanced; round robin; loom requirement: 8H+.

Rosalie Neilson - Exaltation of Blocks in Huck Lace
Participants will use printed Design Pages and Transparent Overlays from Neilson’s book An Exaltation of Blocks to explore thousands of design possibilities for 6-block Huck Lace.

Weavers will learn how “blocks” or units of huck lace are threaded on four and eight shafts, and how they can be combined to expand design possibilities. Discussions will focus on converting a profile draft into a threading and treadling, and how literally thousands of designs can be created within a single threading by changing the tie-up. 2 days – tentatively set for early November; $175 + $20 materials fee. Max = 15 participants; advanced beginner – advanced; loom requirement: 4H+.

Barbara Walker - Name Draft in Overshot
This three-day workshop for intermediate and advanced weavers combines name drafting and block weaves to produce unique, sophisticated commemorative weaving. Students will design their own projects derived from block name drafts provided by the teacher. Exercises include development of name block profiles, analysis of the overshot structure, block name drafting, and color block encryption. 3 days – March 15-17, 2019; $250 + $40 materials fee.  Max = 15  participants; intermediate – advanced; loom requirement: 4H. Not a round robin; need to
provide info to instructor at least two months in advance to get personalized info via email for the workshop project to make your unique warp.

We’re also working on a 2-day beginner-advanced beginner level workshop. 

Sylvia's Oaxaca trip

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Joanne Hall

Laverne Waddington

Robin Spady