Instruction

SWG Member Education Opportunities

  • Workshops - Wonderful workshops are taught by visiting acclaimed artists on a variety of weaving topics (open to non-guild members if there is space available). Also, every year, a special Summer Workshop is held at a Seattle park.
  • Mini-Workshops - Small in class size and short in duration, the Guild also offers Mini-workshops, taught by SWG members for their fellow members.
  • Study Groups - SWG members pursuing self-study, can join a specialized study group for support, encouragement, feedback or advice on their weaving. Current Study Groups include: Card Weaving, Garments, Kumihimo, Personal Expressions, Rigid Heddle, Rugs, Support & Mentoring, Sheep to Shawl, Tapestry, Traditional Textiles, Weave Structures and Yarn Storming. Groups are formed based on interest.
  • Grants/Scholarships - Each year, SWG offers a merit-based grant to a guild member (or members) for technical and aesthetic development. Anyone who has been a member of SWG for two years is eligible.

Classes

A SWG Workshop

There's no substitute for learning from a teacher who can answer questions and watch what you are doing. Listed below, are some weaving classes available in the greater Seattle area:

  • The Weaving Works - Marcy Johnson's The Weaving Works is a thriving local yarn store in the heart of Seattle's University district. It offers many classes and carries books and supplies for a wide range of textile pursuits, including weaving, spinning and knitting.

  • Willingham Weavery - Sue Willingham and her daughter Janet Dawson teach a series of classes each winter in her studio on Vashon Island. The 2018 schedule includes Weaving Fundamentals, Double Trouble, Focus on Fiberworks, and Shooting for the Stars (and Roses) – a 5-day class on overshot. For the schedule, class descriptions and other information visit www.weaverspalette.com.

    Sue also occasionally teaches private lessons or other classes when at least four people are available at the same time. Contact her at msuewill@gmail.com if you are interested.

  • The Weaving Studio at Southeast Seattle Senior Center - a well-equipped weaving studio with classes open to all ages. Featuring beginning weaving, kumihimo, inkle weaving, card weaving, macrame', and other specialty topics. All looms and fiber provided. Contact Linda Stryker 206-431-9213 or find more information on the SESSC website.

  • Weavers Way - Liz Moncrief offers individual and group instruction and workshops in weaving, spinning, dyeing and other utilitarian skills in her own studio west of Burlington, and through Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon & Oak Harbor, and Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Co in Anacortes. For a current schedule of classes visit the workshops page on her website.

  • Barbara Doyon has been a beginning weaving instructor since 1975. She owned Cottage Weaving in Issaquah for 17 years. Barabara will provide instruction on your loom in your home. She offers a complete, comprehensive series to make you a well-informed beginning weaver, able to choose a pattern, select appropriate yarn, warp your loom and weave something you will be proud of. 425-392-5900 or belovelydoyon@comcast.net

  • Roberta Lowes teaches beginning weaving, spinning and dye classes (both chemical and natural), as well as painted warps. Studio open MWF 2-6pm by appointment. 705 Court C Opera Alley Tacoma WA 253-572-1859

  • Marilyn Romatka teaches a wide range of folk arts to both adults and kids. Many types of weaving, spinning, and other ethnic crafts are offered. Her passion is to pass traditional skills on to the next generation. See the classes she offers at taprootfolkarts.com or call 425-603-0591

  • Lois Gaylord teaches beginning weaving classes at the Swedish Club on Dexter Ave N in Seattle. The club has a number of looms that are available to use, or you can bring your own table loom. Each session is a series of four two-hour classes that covers all the basics. Starting as a total novice, you will advance to a Beginning Weaver who knows how to set up (warp) a loom and can weave several types of cloth. She also teaches private lessons. Contact her to find out when the next session starts at the club. 206-933-0759 or at ljgaylord@icloud.com Visit www.loisgaylord.com/about/programsclasses/ for more information.

References

The following references are great for beginners.

These weaving books and more are availble from public library systems or the Seattle Weavers' Guild library (available to members only).