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

April 26, 2018 - Kris Abshire

Morning Program - Esoteric Cloth

Yarn + Loom + Pattern = Cloth.
Wonderful. But, is it always enough?

Do you sometimes wonder if your handwoven cloth, beautiful as it is, could have more "depth", more "interest", "express meaning", or even hold "mystery"?

Surface design techniques applied before, during and after weaving, each or all together, can add elements of interest, intrigue and richness attainable only to the handweaver. So, for a time, let's step outside our usual boundaries and explore some of these intriguing possibilities which might further enrich our creative fiber journey.

Kris Abshire


Recently relocated to La Conner, Kris lived and worked in Alaska 45 years, pursuing her creative muse as a self-taught weaver and surface design textile artist over the past 30 years. She has explored and studied the fiber arts through weaving, dyeing, surface design, surface embellishment, and in more recent years, silk fabrics, yarns and fibers in combination with other media, such as handmade papers, beads, artist canvas, wood and metal in a fiber/mixed media approach to the decorative arts. Inspiration for her work comes from many years of venturing into Alaska's wilderness, and from the wildlife and seasonal colors and textures surrounding her studio in the magnificent Matanuska Valley. Representations of these elements are seen in her theme pieces reflecting her advocacy involvement in wildlife and wilderness preservation issues.

Her work has been represented at the Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, Oregon School of Arts & Crafts, Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), and fine galleries in Anchorage and the Pacific Northwest. She has received juror's awards and special recognition for entries into exhibits throughout the Northwest and in British Columbia.

Afternoon Program - Plaid Llama * Plaid Llama * Plaid Llama * Plaid Llama * Plaid Llama * Plaid Llama

It's time for Plaid Llama Sale! But just what is the Plaid Llama sale?
It's traditional that the afternoon program in April every other year is reserved for this sale. The idea is to provide a chance for us all to do some Spring Cleaning and empty out our stash of things we no longer need or want and to sell them to our fellow guild members who will give them new lives. Things like that yarn you loved 20 years ago, but honestly are never going to use at this point. Or the extra shuttles and tools you've amassed that you never use because you have new favorites. Maybe you have somehow acquired 3 copies of the same weaving book...
Items do need to be weaving or fiber related. And you must take home any and all items that remain when the sale is over at 2:00.

Sale Guidelines

To reserve a table contact Patrice Riordan ( or 206-779-9402 by Wednesday April 25,2018. Specify if you need a full or half table.
Set up will begin at 12:30. Your assigned table will be marked with your name. Please leave your items in your car until lunch.
You are responsible for your sales, so please bring whatever you need to sell your stuff: cash box, receipt book and/or scale.
Label and price items before you arrive on sale day. Identifying things like fiber type, size and weight are important if you're bringing yarn.

Please give the sellers time to setup. We will announce when the sale begins. While some sellers may accept credit card payments, it's more likely that they'll be wanting cash or checks. So be sure to have a little extra cash on hand-- you don't know what treasure you might find!

May 24, 2018 - Ruby Leslie

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

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

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