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

November 29, 2018

Marilyn and Rainer Romatka

Morning Program - Interlacements: Threads and Lives

Hand-made cloth is special. We weavers know that, but how to tell that to John Q. Public? That's what Rainer and Marilyn Romatka endeavored to do in their first documentary film: to increase handwoven cloth's exposure.

This documentary film, named 'Interlacements: Threads and Lives', is a collection of personal stories about hand-made cloth and the people whose lives it touches. Handwoven cloth facilitates a relationship; friendship through cloth. The film shows that hand-woven textiles are more than just functional; they are pieces of folk art that can remind the user of the weaver - and a special connection between them, every time the cloth it is used. 'Interlacements' showcases and celebrates these moments.

The 2016 SWG Grant was awarded to the Romatkas for the project, and SWG will get the first screening of the film. Many members of SWG appear in the movie, and many many more members were interviewed on film. From our own Guild, to Northern Washington, to Santa Fe, the stories were collected, filmed, tweaked, and soundtracked over 3 full years. November 29th, it goes live.

The meeting will open with the Tsimshian Haayuuk Dance Group (Native American dancers) who will be our guests and perform for the Guild; they will bookend the day nicely, since a story featuring the dancers ends the film. After that, the first half of the 90 minute movie will be shown, followed by a break for our Holiday Potluck lunch, and then the afternoon program will conclude the film. We recommend attending both morning and afternoon programs this day, or you may miss the best parts of the story!

Afternoon Program - Interlacements: Threads and Lives--continued

Marilyn and Rainer Romatka


Marilyn Romatka started out as a scientist, but Life has a way of changing course on us. Throughout her life she has admired folk art, crafted for her own enjoyment (quilting, weaving), and then moved on to teaching folk art as a second career. Currently, she is enjoying a new step in her journey; taking it to the next level as a emerging filmmaker.

Her husband, Rainer Romatka, is joining her in her new career. Marilyn's fascination and enthusiasm for folk art and hand-made cloth easily transferred to Rainer - who, since high school age, has been playing with cameras, dark rooms (back in the day), and photography. Marilyn published a book on teaching folk art to kids in 2012, and his photo skills were the basis of the book's popularity. After working on that book, he specialized in the photography of folk and fiber arts. One thing led to another, and photography became videography. He filmed Marilyn's classes, later classes of other teachers, and now documentaries.

Both Marilyn and Rainer enjoy their new skills of weaving together film footage and have decided to branch out from instructional videos to documentary films about folk art and weaving. They have founded 'The Shutter and the Shuttle' to further this end.

Marilyn received a Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University, and Rainer received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Max Planck Institut in Munich, Germany. They reside in Issaquah, WA

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

2018 - 2019


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

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