June is coming and so also our annual picnic. Oh Boy!! The theme this year is “Terrific Table Settings”. My efforts will compliment two coffee mugs I received, as a birthday gift, from a dear friend, Vera Freeman. She passed away five years ago, from complications due to breast cancer. These will be in her honor and in memory of the many hours we spent sharing life, over a cup of coffee.

What are your plans; could it be a napkin set to match Great Grandpa Pete’s china; or a small table runner to showcase that one of a kind piece of pottery, you received for Mother’s Day; or maybe (if you are a speedier weaver than me), a tablecloth to compliment your favorite vase, full of spring flowers? There is still time and the possibilities are endless.

So…, that leads me to next year’s picnic theme. We need your help coming up with some ideas. What is your inspiration? What would be a motivation to you? All ideas are welcome. Please share. Respond here or send them to me at belfryc@gmail.com
Thanks. Cathy

New Weavers Classes

The class for new weavers in September is full. We are now looking at February 2016 for the next class.

Students learn how to warp a loom and weave off one or two projects, learning ancillary information along the way.

yarn & shuttle

Classes are limited to 3 minimum and 4 maximum and once you have committed to the class, the fee of $125.00 is non refundable.

Students must be a member of the guild to enroll. Once a member, looms are available for rental during the course from the guild. Costs include the $125.00 for the 3 1/2 day course, spread over 3 weeks. Loom rental is approximately $25.00. The only other expense is the purchase of materials for weaving, which doesn’t cost much.

Showcase April 2015


“Don’t use mohair in warp” lesson. However, during the program, Daryl Lancaster gave us hints on dealing with mohair warps.


Towels in two-block twill.


Handwovens for the Home towels, 8/2 fiber.


Scarf from Tacoma WG dye-day.


10/2 Tencel and JaegerSpun wool, finished with differential shrinkage.


“Autumn Leaves” tapestry. Slits sewn shut by piecing the wefts with sewing thread for invisible closure. Leaves are wooden beads.


Heart-shaped Palm Leaf Basket


10-shaft satin weave in linen


Wool yardage for Daryl’s Jumpstart Vest workshop. Using “right-side/wrong-side” for contrast on trim.


Purple and red yarn with silver and gold metallics, warped on sectional beam.


Horsehair kumihimo


Little Loom House (Louisville, KY). Two-harness loom with supplemental harness.


Crepe-weave scarf


Twill sampler, with tags to mark treadling sequences.


Sampler from the Beginning Weavers workshop.


Monks Belt sampler


Doubleweave in mohair warp and weft


Overshot: “Lee’s Surrender” in miniature.


Crazy Quilt. Silk and Linen top, hand pieced on flannel foundation, with flannel backing, no batting.


“Yarn bomb” mirror frames.


Stiffened fabric baskets.


Cedar bark baskets


Chessboard table runner sampler in 8/2 Tencel with variegated warp and weft, from a Handwoven magazine pattern.








Not weaving or fiber, but a creative craft – encaustic, an art form nearly as old as weaving, at least 3000 years.


Nantucket Basket


Thick and Thin (kit)

Jumpstart Vest Workshop

The Jumpstart Vest workshop ended a bit early, because of a schedule conflict for the room.  At the last minute (actually, last Friday), we were told that the room we had scheduled at Griffin  #1  would not be available, due to exigent maintenance.  The workshop got relocated to Griffin #2, 10km farther toward the Island, but we also inherited a Wednesday afternoon conflict.  Karen did a miraculous job getting the venue moved and all participants notified: the new location was a bit smaller, so setup was “interesting.”   Nevertheless, the workshop was a bit short, packing up at 4:00pm as the 4:30 group arrived, but everyone had their vests cut out and pinned for fitting at least, and a few were sewn up but not finished.  We won’t expect any to be at Showcase on Friday, but the May Showcase should be awesome.


Jumpstart Vest with Daryl Lancaster


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A baker’s dozen students from OWG, Tacoma Weavers Guild, and Seattle Weavers Guild gathered at the Griffin #2 fire station on Steamboat Island Road to learn how to transform handwoven fabric into clothing, taught by award-winning weaver, clothing maker, author. … Continue reading

Felt Study Group

If you have interest in a Felt Study Group, please e-mail Gail Trotter, getrotter@comcast.net or pass on the information at the April meeting.
Please provide the following info:
1. What your learning interests are
2. How frequently would you like to meet: monthly, quarterly or other and
Your favorite time to meet weekends, weekdays or nights
3. Other thoughts or insights