Portland Handweavers Guild Meetings




Guild Meetings

September 14, 2017

7:00 pm Eve Mtg

Refreshments: R-Z


Sylvia Emard, 2016 Study Grant recipient, will talk about her experience at the 10th International Shibori Symposium in Oaxaca, MX.

Day Meeting: 9:30 set up and social time
10:00 am - 12:00 meeting  


Evening Meeting: 6:30 pm setup & social time
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Meeting


Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219


Day mtg-Rm 7

Evening mtg - Auditorium

 Board Meeting

 7:00 pm

Thursday September 28, 2017


 Board Members

Planning Meeting

This is a great way for members, especially new members and those who might be considering volunteering, to see how PHG makes decisions and what is involved in being an office, board member, and/or chair.

(all members welcome)

Multnomah Arts Center

Room 7

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR  97219

(503) 823-2787

If you are not a PHG member, you may still attend meetings as our guest.

Portland Handweavers Guild

Portland Handweavers Guild (PHG) was formally organized in September of 1945. As a member guild of Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) and the Association of Northwest Weavers (ANWG), we participate in their projects and take an active part in conference activities both as a group and as individuals. Most of our members come from within a 50 to 80 mile radius of the Portland (Oregon) Metropolitan Area.


Our purpose is:

  • To promote excellence in handweaving, spinning and related arts
  • To help weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists a place to advance their skills through speakers, workshops, study groups, and the use of our textile library and other resources
  • To educate the public about the traditions and value of handweaving through annual exhibits of members work, our Annual Sale, and through on-going public demonstrations of weaving, spinning and other fiber arts

The Portland Handweavers Guild (PHG) has promoted excellence in handweaving, spinning and other fiber arts for over 60 years. Whatever your fiber interests, we hope that our programs will challenge you with new ideas and new directions to explore.


Become a Member

Members of PHG get a members rate on workshops, the PHG Newsletter with news about guild programs and other textile events, access to the PHG textile library collection, and more. Go to our Membership page to see the benefits.

Download a membership form

President's Letter

Welcome back! I trust you all had a fun eclipse and are ready to start the fall with a terrific year in textiles. As mentioned last month, we’ve worked hard to bring you a great PHG season. We’ll be trying some new things and reviving some old things based on the feedback we got from you in June.  


Programs will feature textile history, hands-on options, a revised line-up to minimize time doing announcements, mentoring, and much more local talent and sharing. We’ve scheduled two 2-day weekend workshops to address concerns of those who work, and we’ve initiated a study group with – we hope – more to come. Although options for better rooms for programs didn’t work due to limitations at MAC, we are going to try using a smaller room for most evening programs to try resolving the lighting and sound issues that adversely impact the evening program.

We will have a challenge, theme of the year, and other fun stuff to keep us engaged and exploring textiles.  In 1996, Portland hosted Convergence and earned a substantial amount of money. Over time, we used that money to benefit the membership. Most of that money is now gone and we are relying on income from memberships, sales, and some minor income like rentals. Memberships do fluctuate and come in spurts through the year, but costs are rising over time.  We need to be a bit more conservative in our spending, find ways to keep our costs low, increase membership income, and consider other ways of securing our long-term financial position. We’ve already taken some steps, such as exploring less expensive venues for meetings and workshops, but we need to do more. We will keep you informed as we move forward through the year.

Our Theme of the Year will align with the WeGO traveling show “Color Gone Wild.”  Please use this year to explore color and share your experience with the guild.  

Finally, if you haven’t seen “Alefbet” at the Oregon Jewish Museum at 724 NW Davis in downtown Portland, you absolutely must try to see it before the exhibit ends on October 1. It is a set of tapestries and associated drawings by internationally celebrated Russian Jewish artist Grisha Bruskin. The tapestries are truly awe-inspiring. Click here for details of the exhibit.

Thanks for the opportunity to be your president, and keep weaving!

Sue Walsh, President

A Message From the Treasurer:

As the first act in my new position as PHG Treasurer, I apologize to members who have sent checks as far back as April 2017, which have not been deposited. There are excuses, but who cares.

I'm anxiously awaiting the State of Oregon's action to change our registration paperwork work so we can move our account to a local Credit Union and bring PHG finances into the 20th century. Once that is done - this week, please! - all checks that have wended their way to me will be deposited.

Once things have stabilized, I'll contemplate upgrading to the 21st century.

Please contact me if you've questions or suggestions. 
Pat Zimmerman

The Mannequin Project

PHG's Mannequin Project provided focus and opportunity for collaboration within 2014-15's theme "Fiber to Fashion". Inspiration came from The Maryhill Museum, which houses a most extraordinary collection of fashion, Théâtre de la Mode. This work originated from an amazing collaborative undertaking in Paris in 1945. PHG created a display of 10 mannequins that show how gorgeous handwoven cloth can be. Each mannequin is dressed in an outfit that is at least 50% handwoven. The mannequins have been on display at the Convention Center during our spring sale and have recently spent a few months in the windows at The Button Emporium in downtown Portland.





Many thanks to the sponsors of our roster:


Northwest Wools - www.northwestwools.com   503-244-5024


Eugene Textile Center - www.EugeneTextileCenter.com   541-688-1565


  Ruthie's Weaving Studio - www.RuthiesWeavingStudio.iwarp.com    503-232-7328 


 Multnomah Arts Center -  www.MultnomahArtsCenter.org   503-823-2787


Fiber Rhythm Craft and Design - http://Fiberrhythm.com   503-236-7318


 Damascus Fiber Arts School - www.DamascusFiberArtsSchool.com   503-558-1727


Yarnia - yarniapdx.com or customyarn.com 





Handweavers Guild


General Meetings

2nd Thursday

of each month*

September – June


*any changes in this schedule

will be noted in the box

to the left



Morning meeting:

Doors open at

9:30 am


Meeting Begins

10:00 am


Evening meeting:

Doors open at

6:30 pm


Meeting begins

7:00 pm



to the meetings


Sylvia's Oaxaca trip

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Vancouver Conference booth 2017

Francisco Bautista

Guild Show at MAC