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

May 24, 2018 - Ruby Leslie

Lost in Translation...or Why Color Theories Don't Guarantee Good Cloth (in 2 parts)

Weavers seduced by gorgeous colored yarns often fail to use them successfully. The usual approach to this problem is to learn color theory - a huge and daunting undertaking. Learning terminology is NOT the equivalent of learning to use color well. What is needed is a method to translate color theory, terminology and yarn wrappings into actual weaving. You don't need to master color theory to use color masterfully.

Morning Program - Lost in Translation...or Why Color Theories Don't Guarantee Good Cloth--Part 1

In the morning, Ruby will explain her ""layman's approach" to color theory for weavers and how she designs and incorporates color in handwoven fabric. Learning how to blend color while working with a finite number of yarn color choices is a different beast than learning how to dye specific hues. She is often heard saying she'd rather die than dye, and has more time to weave by buying off-the-shelf commercial yarn!

Afternoon Program - Lost in Translation...or Why Color Theories Don't Guarantee Good Cloth--Part 2

In the afternoon, Ruby will share her extensive collection of samples for a production line of scarves. They represent a 3 year ever-expanding exploration of color. Ruby will talk about how this gradual process combined with her experience designing swatches for Handwoven magazine's 'Color Forecast' series led to the development of a practical approach to color theory as applied to weaving and how that's applicable to fiber artists.

Ruby Leslie

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Ruby Leslie is a full-time weaver and studio artist in northern Vermont, designing handwovens as Ruby Charuby Weavings. She has developed design techniques for creating stunning textiles that appear custom-dyed or hand-painted, while using off the shelf commercial yarns. Her experience designing swatches on a regular basis for Handwoven magazine's 'Color Forecast' series, along with her deep-rooted enthusiasm for sampling and experimenting has led to the development of her classes. Ruby has taught above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway and Greenland, at Convergences, regional conferences and guilds throughout the US. She was one of three weaver/designer teams invited by the Handweavers Guild of America to create a collaborative runway ensemble for the second Design Fashion Challenge at Convergence 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. The rhythms of her looms inspired her children to produce a rap music video "Getya Loom Goin" for their "Ma, the Weava":

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

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 Flóra Carlile Kovács   Make a Felted Pouch