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

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”

Registration is now closed for Robyn Spady’s two-day workshop.  Those interested in the workshop can be placed on a wait list. 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.

Sylvia's Oaxaca trip

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Joanne Hall

Laverne Waddington

Robin Spady