SWG Member Education Opportunities

  • Workshops - Wonderful workshops are taught by visiting acclaimed artists on a variety of weaving topics (open to non-guild members if there is space available). Also, every year, a special Summer Workshop is held at a Seattle park.
  • Mini-Workshops - Small in class size and short in duration, the Guild also offers Mini-workshops, taught by SWG members for their fellow members.
  • Study Groups - SWG members pursuing self-study, can join a specialized study group for support, encouragement, feedback or advice on their weaving. Current Study Groups include: Card Weaving, Garments, Kumihimo, Personal Expressions, Rigid Heddle, Rugs, Support & Mentoring, Sheep to Shawl, Tapestry, Traditional Textiles, Weave Structures and Yarn Storming. Groups are formed based on interest.
  • Grants/Scholarships - Each year, SWG offers a merit-based grant to a guild member (or members) for technical and aesthetic development. Anyone who has been a member of SWG for two years is eligible.


A SWG Workshop

There's no substitute for learning from a teacher who can answer questions and watch what you are doing. Listed below, are some weaving classes available in the greater Seattle area:

  • The Weaving Works - Marcy Johnson's The Weaving Works is a thriving local fiber arts school north of Seattle in Lynnwood. It offers many classes and the online store carries yarn and supplies for a wide range of textile pursuits, including weaving, spinning, felting, and dyeing.

  • Willingham Weavery - Sue Willingham teaches beginning and continuing weaving classes in her studio on Vashon Island. There is no set schedule; she plans classes when at least four people are interested at the same time. Formats include weekly for 8 weeks, week-long workshops, weekend classes and one day workshops. Costs vary depending on the format. Contact Sue if you are interested in a class. Contact her at

    Sue and her daughter Janet Dawson (also an SWG member) teach intensive beginning and continuing classes in January/February annually. The website for more information is

  • The Weaving Studio at Southeast Seattle Senior Center - a well-equipped weaving studio with classes open to all ages. Featuring beginning weaving, inkle weaving, spinning, felting, dyeing and other specialty topics. All looms and fiber provided. Contact Linda Stryker 206-431-9213 or find more information on the SESSC website.

  • Weavers Way - Liz Moncrief offers individual and group instruction and workshops to guilds in weaving and dyeing through her studio west of Burlington, and through Skagit Valley College. Liz provides looms for student use to take home in between sessions. For a current schedule of workshops visit

  • Barbara Doyon has been a beginning weaving instructor since 1975. She owned Cottage Weaving in Issaquah for 17 years. Barabara will provide instruction on your loom in your home. She offers a complete, comprehensive series to make you a well-informed beginning weaver, able to choose a pattern, select appropriate yarn, warp your loom and weave something you will be proud of. 425-392-5900 or

  • Fibers.Etc - Roberta Lowes teaches beginning weaving, spinning and dye classes (both chemical and natural), as well as painted warps. 2511 S Hood St, Tacoma WA 253-572-1859

  • Marilyn Romatka teaches a wide range of folk arts to both adults and kids. Many types of weaving, spinning, and other ethnic crafts are offered. Her passion is to pass traditional skills on to the next generation. See the classes she offers at or learn a new skill yourself with the video instruction (DVD as well as streaming) that she has up on the Instructor's Co-operative website: Taproot Video

  • Lois Gaylord teaches beginning weaving classes at the Swedish Club on Dexter Ave N in Seattle. The club has a number of looms that are available to use, or you can bring your own table loom. Each session is a series of four two-hour classes that covers all the basics. Starting as a total novice, you will advance to a Beginning Weaver who knows how to set up (warp) a loom and can weave several types of cloth. She also teaches private lessons. Contact her to find out when the next session starts at the club. 206-933-0759 or at Visit for more information.

  • Ellen Ramsey offers individual instruction in tapestry technique from her home studio in Lake Forest Park, Washington. She has been weaving tapestries for twenty years and has shown her work in both national and international juried exhibitions. Interested students may contact her at 206-601-9267 or at . Visit to see Ellen's work.

  • Heidi Ba Creations -Heidi Bennett offers Rigid Heddle weaving classes for both beginners and more experienced rigid heddle weavers who want to expand their weaving techniques. The beginner class is a half-day class that teaches all the basics from set-up, weaving to finishing while you create some spa wash cloths. Once you learn the basics, you can weave scarves, kitchen linens, curtains and so much more. No experience is required and class looms are available.

    The complex weave structure class uses pick-up sticks and finger manipulation techniques to create lacy, open weaves and floats. Project planning is also reviewed. Please bring your rigid heddle loom warped with the fiber of your choice and ready for weaving. Small group classes are in North Seattle. For more info or to see samples contact Heidi Bennett at or email or call 206-781-5566.

  • Liz Moncrief is a weaving instructor located in Skagit Valley. She teaches beginning classes for Skagit Valley College but also provides advanced weaving workshops to many guilds in the NW. She repairs older looms and offers programs on loom repair, rehab, and maintenance. Contact Liz Moncrief at or email .


The following references are great for beginners.

These weaving books and more are available from public library systems or the Seattle Weavers' Guild library (available to members only). The SWG Library is indexed on Library Thing.