The Portland Handweavers Guild Annual Sale, Handwovens Plus, showcasing the work of over 40 regional textile artists will be held May 4-6, 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard, Portland, Oregon. Sale hours are Friday, May 4, 10 A.M. to 9 P.M., Saturday, May 5, 10 A.M. to 7 P.M., and Sunday, May 6, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Admission is free.
This is a once a year opportunity to browse and purchase unique, handmade fiber art ranging from wearable art to useful table linens to decorative basketry. Choose from jackets, scarves, shawls, placemats, blankets, rugs, bead weaving, baskets, both functional and sculptural, yarn and much more.
John Beard will be demonstrating Ravenstail weaving, an ancient Northwest Coast Indian technique all three days. Daily demonstrations of weaving, spinning and basketry and children’s hands-on activities will be ongoing. There will be a fashion show each day at 2:00 P.M.
The Portland Handweavers Guild has been in existence for over 60 years. In addition to providing its members with educational opportunities through lectures, workshops, scholarships, study groups, and venues to sell and exhibit their work, the Guild is fostering a future interest in the craft by supporting the weaving program at DaVinci Art Magnet School. Members promote the craft of weaving through public outreach demonstrations at schools and fairs.
This event is held in conjunction with the annual sales of the Oregon Potters Association Ceramics Showcase, the Creative Metal Arts Guild, the Oregon Glass Guild, the Northwest Fine Woodworkers Guild, the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers and the Portland Bead Society.