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



April 25, 2019


Wendy Garrity

Morning Program - Kushutara: Weaving My Way Across Bhutan


Having always taken any opportunity to learn local textile techniques as she traveled, in 2011 Wendy Garrity found herself presented with an unexpected and unique opportunity during a year teaching music in Bhutan: a backstrap loom in a workshop of Bhutanese weavers with a master weaver assigned to teach her kushutara, or Bhutanese brocading.
"For 8 months, I wove next to master weavers before and after school, learning without common language. These women became my Bhutanese family as we wove and sang together, drank butter tea, snacked on popped rice, and laughed and cried and joked using mime and the few words of English and Sharchop we had in common."
Wendy will take us on a journey through the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, focusing on the unique Bhutanese woven textiles, and share stories of learning from weavers in tiny villages in Lhuentse as well as weaving alongside master weavers in the capital of Thimphu.


Afternoon Program - Kushutara: Single-faced Brocaded Techniques


This afternoon, Wendy will take us deeper into the mysteries of kushutara and reveals details that are not found in the handful of books published on Bhutanese textiles: how the intricate brocaded kushu stitches are executed. Find out how the Bhutanese create these beautifully textured designs that show on one side of the fabric only. Learn the details of the inlaid and coiled supplementary weft techniques used. This session will include a presentation on the 5 kushu stitches and a demonstration of those stitches, as well addressing topics raised during question time. At both programs, Wendy will display some of her collection of Bhutanese textiles affording you the opportunity to enjoy and examine them at close range.


Wendy Garrity

Website: https://textiletrails.com.au

Wendy Garrity has a lifelong involvement with crafts and textiles, and a fascination with the traditional textiles of Asia. In 2010-2013 she took a career break to pursue her interest in textiles, women’s empowerment and grassroots development, combining volunteering and travel in Asia and South and Central America. Living in Bhutan for a year, she had the privilege of learning to weave kushutara, the intricate supplementary weft brocade used for women’s festival dress, as well as travelling across the country to explore other Bhutanese textile traditions. Returning to her native Australia, she adapted the kushutara techniques to western looms in order to share them with western weavers. She documents traditional textile techniques at textiletrails.com.au and promotes the sustainability of textile traditions at every opportunity.



May 23, 2019

Tom Knisely

Morning Program - Historic Textiles

Afternoon Program- TBD


Past Programs

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

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