Programs

Anemone by Marilyn Moore

The Seattle Weavers' Guild meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions for holidays and the summer break. If you are interested in guild membership or a particular program we invite you to join us. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings are located in Bloedel Hall, behind St. Mark's Cathedral: 1245 10th Ave East, Seattle, WA.

The meeting starts at 10am, followed by "Hot Off the Loom" (members exhibit their latest work), and the morning program. Program speakers typically bring woven samples to accompany their talks, which are displayed on tables in front of the stage. After a lunch break at noon, the afternoon program follows, sometimes a hands-on project.

  • 9am - 2pm - Library open (SWG members may check out materials)
  • 10am to 12 noon - Business Meeting, "Hot Off the Loom", Morning Program
  • 12 noon - Lunch
  • 1pm to 2pm - Afternoon program

For more information about Seattle Weavers' Guild Programs, contact programs@seattleweaversguild.com

Photo by Marilyn Moore



January 23, 2020

Linda Hartshorn

Morning Program: Color Fundamentals for Fiber Artists


Color is enriches our lives and is of primary importance to the fiber art we create. Color is not only fundamental but FUN! A Power Point slideshow will guide us through the basics of color and show inspiring examples in fiber art. Using what we have learned, we will make yarn wraps in a fun, hands-on exercise.


Afternoon Program: Textile Tour of Guatemala

Guatemala is a beautiful country of highland lakes, towering volcanoes, and amazing handwoven textiles. The modern day Maya, whose ancestors built pyramids and studied the stars, continue their traditional weaving of complex fabrics on simple backstrap looms. Take a virtual tour of this fascinating country from a weaver's perspective. View vivid images on power point, examine many wonderful textiles and hear fascinating stories from the auspicious time of December 2012, the end of the calendar and beginning of a new era in Mayan Cosmology.


Linda Hartshorn

Website: https://www.lindahartshorn.com/

Linda Hartshorn is a weaver and dyer, known for her unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda weaves and dyes in her home on the redwood coast of northern California, and teaches weaving at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka. Linda enjoys leading workshops and brings her positive, fun and supportive teaching style to events all over the country. She is a two time recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers and dyers.


February 27, 2020

Laura Viada

Morning Program: Southeast Asia - Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore



Laura and five of her weaving friends have made two trips to parts of the world with rich and varied textile traditions. Traveling with other weavers for the purpose of exploring textile culture is an amazingly fun and rewarding experience. Laura will share what she learned and experienced in a lecture/slide show, and will share how her travels have influenced her own work. She will also bring textiles collected on her journeys for everyone to admire.









Afternoon Program:Sweden








Laura continues to share her adventures, this time from her time in Sweden.












Laura Viada

Website: http://www.lauraviada.com/

Laura Viada has been a handweaver and fiber artist for 25 years. While Laura employs many different techniques, she focuses primarily on transparency weaving, diversified plain weave, and triple weave. Her guiding philosophy is that humans have an intimate relationship with the objects that surround us - the things we see, touch, wear, and use - and that the human spirit thrives when these things are beautiful and meaningful. Laura lives in Houston, Texas and has been an active member of Texas's fiber art community for over two decades. She has taught workshops for guilds all over the country, as well as for regional conferences and Convergence. In 2008, Laura spent 9 months as an Artist-in-Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She currently shows her work at Archway Gallery in Houston.



March 26, 2020

Lucienne Coifman

Morning Program: REP - RIPS - REPS





All you wanted to know about Rep weave. Let's start with the first placemat of 40 years ago to the 3-D pieces of the 21st century; we will explore both classic and nontraditional rep weaving. Participants will discover the progression of complexity from 2 to 8 shafts as well as the many different applications functional or decorative.










Afternoon Program: Exploring Rep Weave 101




This technical lecture will give you the tools that you need to weave a firm rep weave piece. We will review the fundamentals of rep weaving from 4 to 8 shafts, its characteristics and the many effects that we can obtain. Color, design process and practical details will also be presented.










Lucienne Coifman

Lucienne Coifman has taught weaving for more than 40 years at the Guilford Art Center and Creative Arts Workshop and in her own Connecticut studio. She has also conducted workshops throughout the Northeast and Midwest, including in the last 3 Convergences. Her work has appeared in many juried exhibits and in Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot and Handwoven magazines. For the past 30 years, Lucienne has been studying variations on traditional rep weaving techniques. Working with as many as eight harnesses, she experiments with different fibers, colors, and patterns, using pick-up techniques when needed. Her rep weave designs offer innovative variations on traditional forms and familiar patterns.

Lucienne's recent book, Rep, Rips, Reps: Projects, Instruction, and Inspiration,(2015) is a complete rep-weaving workshop for both beginning and advanced weavers.



April 23, 2020


Annie MacHale

Morning Program: Inkle Weaving: Narrow, But Not Limited


Visual presentation (show and tell) accompanied by stories of many diverse items woven over the decades on inkle looms. The goal is to open up viewer's perception of what can be done on this small loom and provide inspiration.




Annie MacHale

At the age of seventeen, Annie MacHale first discovered the inkle loom, sparking a lifelong affair. She built her first loom in 1976 with the help of her dad and a library book. Since then she's woven miles of bands. She loves to play with color and pattern and finds the inkle loom a very satisfying way to do this. Annie is known to many through her blog. The popularity of her patterns shared there have led to the publication of a book, In Celebration of Plain Weave: Color and Design Inspiration for Inkle Weavers.



Website: http://aspinnerweaver.blogspot.com/



Afternoon Program: Plaid Llama Sale


















May 28, 2020


Denise Kovnat

Morning Program: Echo and Jin: The Possibilities of Extended Parallel Threading



This lecture, with PowerPoint and samples, illustrates how threading on opposites - known as 'Echo' threading - offers weavers many options for different fabrics and color palettes, just by changing tie-up and threading and varying the weft yarns and sett.


Afternoon Program: Dorset Buttons



In this lecture, you'll get a hands-on opportunity to learn how to make colorful, whimsical buttons - for jewelry, surface decoration or fasteners for your handmade garments - using only curtain rings, a tapestry needle, and yarn. Based on 19th century patterns from Dorset, England, these buttons are easy to create and customize to match your own fiber creations. You will learn the history of these buttons as well as the many styles and resources available for fiber artists.







Denise Kovnat

Website: https://www.denisekovnat.com/

Denise is a weaver, dyer, occasional spinner and "free-range seamstress" who loves painted warps, collapse weave, and extended parallel threadings -- all to make colorful, textured fabrics used in garments for teaching samples, shows and sales. Her pieces have been juried into the HGA Convergence fashion shows since 2008. About 15 years ago she started teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in Rochester, NY, and now teaches at conferences and guilds in Canada and the United States. Working out of her home, she weaves on a 16-shaft Toika compu-dobby loom, a 12-shaft Macomber jack loom, a 16-shaft Germaine table loom and a 12-shaft LeClerc table loom. In addition, she likes to travel with her 8-shaft Structo: Just take down the castle, put it in a suitcase, and she's good to go.







Past Programs

2019 - 2020

September Judith Mackenzie Morning Repairing the King's Carpet
Afternoon Fibers and Cloth from First Nation Weavers and Spinners
October Joan Ruane Morning Cotton from the Field to your Loom
November Susan Weltman Morning Weave a Real Peace
Afternoon Finger-Loop Braiding with Marilyn Romatka

2018 - 2019

September Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein Morning Traditional Silk Weaving in Hill Tribe Laos
Afternoon Above the Fray Trunk Show
October Sandra Swarbrick Morning Weaving Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands
November Marilyn and Rainer Romatka Morning Interlacements: Threads and Lives
Afternoon Interlacements: Threads and Lives--continued
January Janet Dawson Morning Weaving Traditions of Turkey
Afternoon Overshot on Four or More
February Sarah Saulson Morning Window into Weaving: My Life as a Weaver
Afternoon Handmade Cloth: Exploring Ritual
March Joanne Hall Morning Swedish Weaving: The Weavers and Their Weaves
Afternoon The Vavstuga and the Swedish Loom
April Wendy Garrity Morning Kushutara: Weaving My Way Across Bhutan
Afternoon Kushutara: Single-faced Brocaded Techniques
May Karen Donde Morning Spice Up Your Recipe Weaving: Project Design Tips
Afternoon Go BIG with Color-and-Weave Effects

2017 - 2018

September

Rosalie Neilson Morning The Power of Blocks
Afternoon Kumihimo - From Defense to Decoration
October Teresa Ruch Morning Inspiration From Commercial Textiles
November Children's Hospital Volunteers Morning Vintage Fashion Show: The History of American Fashion as Represented by the Nation's First Ladies
Afternoon Vintage Hat Show
January Pat Spark Morning Pat Spark - Growth of a Feltmaker
Afternoon Felt-Understand and Manipulate the Basics for Creative Design
February Jannie Taylor Morning Echoes and Iridescence: Designing Rainbows
Afternoon Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Tied Weaves, But Were Afraid to Ask
March Sarah Fortin Morning The Design Process - From Inspiration to Finished Project
Afternoon Shadow Weave in Polychrome
April Kris Abshire Morning Esoteric Cloth
Afternoon Plaid Llama Sale
May Ruby Leslie Morning Lost in Translation...or Why Color Theories Don't Guarantee Good Cloth--Part 1
Afternoon Lost in Translation...or Why Color Theories Don't Guarantee Good Cloth--Part 2
Summer Amy Green Felted Animals

2016 - 2017

September

Jane Stafford Morning Jane's Big Adventure to India
Afternoon Jane's Big Adventure to Africa
October Marilyn Moore Morning Wire as Fiber: Where Inspiration Meets Technique, Color, Form and Texture
December Robyn Spady Morning Couture Passementerie Through the Eyes of a Fiber Artist
Afternoon How to Create Couture Braids
January Kelly Marshall Morning Weaving by Design
Afternoon Designing in Rep
February Kathrin Weber Morning Seeing Color in Everything
Afternoon From Thread to Fabric
March Anastasia Azure Morning Dimensional Double-Cloth
Afternoon Weaving with Fishing Line
April Barbara Herbster Morning Understanding Supplementary Warp: Creating and Developing Designs for Handwoven Cloth
Afternoon LENO Yesterday's Design, Today's Application
May Elizabeth Buckley Morning From Idea to Woven Form
Afternoon The Element of Light in Tapestry
Summer Kathleen Carpenter Locker Hooking

2015 - 2016

September

Sarah H. Jackson Morning One Thread at a Time; A Weaver's Journey
Afternoon Sample is Not a Four-Letter Word!
October Anita Osterhaug Morning Weaving in the Digital Age
December Melanie Burgess Morning The Art of Costume Design and Fabric Modification
Marcy Johnson Afternoon Wheat Ornaments
January Giovanna Imperia Morning Weaving with Unusual Materials
Afternoon Braiding with Wire
February Jette Vandermeiden Morning The Noble Napkin
Afternoon Blocks and Profiles
March JoAnn Bachelder Morning Towels: Transcending Tradition
Afternoon Transcending Tradition continued
April Sandra Swarbrick Morning John Landes Sample Project
Afternoon Plaid Llama Sale
May Inge Dam Morning Fashion Show
Afternoon Threading and Turning Defined Patterns
Summer Kathleen M Hewitt with Barbara B. Suess Temari - Long Live the Chrysanthemum!

2014 - 2015

September

Elaine Palmer Morning The Making of ‘Interlaced’
Afternoon Photographing and Styling Handwovens
October Polly Adams Sutton Morning Sardinian Basketry
December Jan Paul Morning The Art of Japanese Paper Weaving
Marilyn Romatka Afternoon Baumschmuck ‘Tree Jewelry’
January Madelyn van der Hoogt Morning On the Shoulders of Giants
Afternoon Tips and Tricks for Weavers
February Tien Chiu Morning Evolving Designs
Afternoon Wedding Adventures
March Dianne Totten Morning Cone to Clothing
Afternoon Commenting on Crimp
April Daryl Lancaster Morning Parallel Threads that Parallel Life
Afternoon Color and Inspiration
May John Marshall Morning Dealing with What's Been Dealt
Afternoon Treasure and More Treasures: John Marshall Trunk Show
Summer Flora Carlile Kovacs   Make a Felted Pouch