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

Photo by Marilyn Moore

September 27, 2018

Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein

Morning Program: Traditional Silk Weaving in Hill Tribe Laos

The traditional weavers of NE Laos, and in particular the Lao Loum and Tai Daeng people of Xam Tai in remote Houaphan Province, have been weaving beautiful, intricate silk textiles under their homes for nearly 250 contiguous generations; it has been their means of transmitting their cultural inheritance as well as a backbone of the local economy for millennia.
The art of sericulture, textile and loom design, natural dyeing, and weaving is still vital and central for the people of the region, and their dedication to textile creation continues to provide a cultural and economic foundation. Today, the encroachment of the modern world provides new challenges and opportunities for these artists as they strive to adapt with their cultural integrity intact.
Spouses Maren Beck and Joshua Hirschstein have been exploring and documenting the traditional textile arts of Laos (and northern Vietnam) since 2005, and have been particularly smitten with the art, traditions, and people of Xam Tai, Laos. Over their years of visits, many of the leading artists have become dear friends. Maren and Joshua founded Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art in 2007, and are the authors of 'Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition and Well-Being' (Thrums Books, 2017), the gold-medal winner of the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Awards for best travel book.
Join Maren and Joshua as they share their knowledge, photos, stories, and enthusiasm about this unique textile-based culture.

Afternoon Program: Above the Fray Trunk Show

Maren and Joshua's business, Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art, will be showcasing an eclectic selection of traditional Lao and Vietnamese textiles for sale. In addition to the naturally-dyed, handwoven silks of Laos discussed during the presentation, Above the Fray will also present hand embroidered, handspun, handwoven hemp and cotton textiles from a variety of ethnic groups of Laos and northern Vietnam who still practice their traditional textile arts. Textile hangers in bamboo or wood will also be available - bring with you the dimensions of the textiles for which you need hangers!

Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein


Determined to introduce the weaving traditions and cultures of hill tribe Laos and Vietnam to a broader audience, Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein, with teen sons Ari and Zall, formed Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art in 2007.
Maren and Josh have been particularly smitten with the character, beauty, resourcefulness and art of the people in the remote Annamite Mountains of northern Laos and Vietnam. In these regions are dozens of unique tribal cultures, each with its own beliefs, traditions, languages, and forms of artistic expression. Exploring these regions, engaging with the people, and understanding and sharing their beautiful and profound art has become a passion.
Over the years of exploring, they have had the unique pleasure of making good friends with many artists and their families. In 2017, they authored 'Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being' (Thrums Books), the gold-medal winner of the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Awards for best travel book.
Maren, who grew up in a house full of looms, has always loved textiles and color-play. After graduating from Wellesley College, she first visited Southeast Asia with future-husband Joshua in 1984. Joshua began his career teaching high school English in Seattle and ESL in Kathmandu, Nepal. He received an M.A. in Education from U.C. Berkeley and, since 1990, has directed a private tutoring service. Maren and Joshua met as cello stand-partners at The Lakeside School in Seattle, and they make their home in Eugene, OR.

October 25, 2018

Sandra Swarbrick

Morning Program - Weaving Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands

Afternoon Program - Seattle Weaver's Guild Sale Set-up

November 29, 2018

Marilyn Romatka

Morning Program - Interlacements: Threads and Lives

Afternoon Program - Interlacements: Threads and Lives--continued

January 24, 2019

Janet Dawson

Morning Program - Weaving Traditions of Turkey

Afternoon Program - Overshot

February 28, 2019

Sarah Saulson

Morning Program - Window into Weaving: My Life as a Weaver

Afternoon Program - Handmade Cloth: Exploring Ritual

March 28, 2019

Joanne Hall

Morning Program - Swedish Weaving, The Weavers and Their Weaves

Afternoon Program - The Vavstuga and the Swedish Loom

April 25, 2019

Wendy Garrity

Morning Program - Kushutara: Weaving My Way Across Bhutan

Afternoon Program - Kushutara: Single-faced Brocaded Techniques

May 23, 2019

Tom Knisely

Morning Program - Historic Textiles

Afternoon Program- TBD

Past Programs

2017 - 2018


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


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


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


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