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The Seattle Weavers' Guild meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, with exceptions for holidays and the summer break.

Covid 19 Update

The Seattle Weavers' Guild is planning to meet in person for the November meeting. In keeping with State and local Covid guidance, masks and proof of vaccination will be required.
In addition,we will continue to broadcast our meetings via Zoom. Members can find the link on the What's New page of the website. Guests are welcome in person or on Zoom. Please contact for more information.

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

December 2, 2021

Fine Gelfand

Morning Program: The Noh Coat: A Creative Approach to Limited Materials

Fine Gelfand will discuss creating fabric using shibori dyed paper strips mounted on a background fabric for a single pattern piece coat, including 40 reflective questions posed in her planning.

For those interested in learning more about the Noh Coat and the Noh Coat Challenge for the 2023 ANWG Conference, more information can be found here.

Fine Gelfand


As a child in Germany I taught myself to embroider and ever since I have been irretrievably enmeshed in textiles. I was introduced to basic weaving in high school but didn't own a rigid heddle loom until after I got married and moved to the US in 1967. I immediately wove fabric for a coat and skirt and found that I had to teach myself to sew. I was a weaver for a long time but since I received my certificate in Textile Decoration from the City & Guilds of London program in 2004 I am primarily a surface designer and delight in creating unique garments, millinery, accessories and art for the wall. I think my talent lies in conjuring new relationships between diverse materials and techniques; perpetually asking: What if...? Inspired by the overwhelming beauty in nature my work continues to be propelled by a lifelong passion for texture and color in all its forms.

Tara Hernandez

Afternoon Program: Woven Paper Stars

Learn to create beautiful woven stars. We will be using paper, but these can be made from a variety of materials, examples will be shown. Have fun discovering variations!

List of supplies needed or suggested:
Students should have scissors for paper (I'll have a few available in case people forget)

Your favorite paper glue. I'll have glue sticks

Interested students can also bring:
Paper to make into second star. Best is slightly thick/rigid - in my image, the top right is a brown grocery bag, the red is handmade paper, the pastel blue and pink is origami paper. Calendar pages work well, magazine covers, etc. Fabric needs to be stiffened, so not a good idea for this time, but I'll cover thoughts on that in class.

Paper cutter tool for making strips (I'll have a few. I'll also have assorted paper cut into strips already, and some available to be cut.)

If you are participating via Zoom, here is the complete supply list:
● (12) paper strips, each 1/4'' x 6'' -- Best will be slightly thicker/rigid paper, like calendar pages, magazine covers, cardstock, old greeting cards
● Glue stick or other glue appropriate for paper -- if using liquid glue like Elmers, a toothpick is a good idea so you can apply a small thin amount which will dry quickly
● Scissors for paper
● (10) Small clips (sewing clips, clothes pins, paper clips, or similar)
● Pencil
● Additional paper strips for experimenting with a second star should time allow - strips should be between 6-12'' long, and 1/8-1/2''wide

For diagrams of the star, please click here

Tara Hernandez

Tara has been teaching fiber related crafts, both formally and informally, for over two decades. She has a compulsive need to learn all the things, and pass along what she has learned. Her life is full of birds, dogs, fiber, and fun!

Past Programs

2021 - 2022

September Kris Bruland Morning A Treasury of Weaving Drafts and More
Afternoon Guild discussion of SWG sale issues
October Elizabeth Williamson Morning Handweavers' Guild of America: A weaver's resource

2020 - 2021

September Syne Mitchell Morning Inventive Weaving: big ideas, little loom + science! Part I
Afternoon Inventive Weaving: big ideas, little loom + science! Part II
October Linda Kubik Morning Sewing Handwoven Fabric
December Marilyn Romatka Morning Uzbek Ikat: The Personal Saga of an Exceptional Cloth
Afternoon The Handicrafts of Gujarat
January Marg Coe Morning Double Weave
Afternoon Deflected Double Weave
February Jennifer Moore Morning Mathematical Design: Geometry in Textiles
Afternoon Chromatic Fantasy: Music, Mathematics and Magic in Doubleweave
March Sally Eyring Morning Loom Interventions - Making That Loom Work For You
Afternoon Loom Interventions--Part II
April Susan Balascio Morning Oh, So Fine!-The Exciting World of Fine Threads
May Denise Kovnat Morning Dorset Buttons: A Heritage Craft
Afternoon Echo and Jin: The Possibilities of Extended Parallel Threading

2019 - 2020

September Judith Mackenzie Morning Repairing the King's Carpet
Afternoon Fibers and Cloth from First Nation Weavers and Spinners
October Joan Ruane Morning Cotton from the Field to your Loom
November Susan Weltman Morning Weave a Real Peace
Afternoon Finger-Loop Braiding with Marilyn Romatka
January Linda Hartshorn Morning Color Fundamentals for Fiber Artists
Afternoon Textile Tour of Guatemala
February Laura Viada Morning Southeast Asia - Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore
Afternoon Sweden
March Program cancelled because of Covid 19
April Program cancelled because of Covid 19
May Program cancelled because of Covid 19

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
April Wendy Garrity Morning Kushutara: Weaving My Way Across Bhutan
Afternoon Kushutara: Single-faced Brocaded Techniques
May Karen Donde Morning Spice Up Your Recipe Weaving: Project Design Tips
Afternoon Go BIG with Color-and-Weave Effects

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