ANWG Northwest Weavers Conference

Treadle Lightly all over the campus of the University of Victoria I did on my first NW Weavers Conference.  (see their blog for pictures)
I was so impressed with all the volunteer work that went in to hosting the conference and the delightful events that were planned. I have a lot of opportunities to expand on this year integrating the information I learned.

The guild booths had great imagination and creativity.  Each represented the theme and their community with humor and a variety of techniques to tell their story. The Olympia Weavers Guild won 1st place in Best of Construction ( construction of each of the pieces shown).  Thank you to all who contributed to the booth from design, construction and assembly and distribution.  I have rocks rolling around in the back of the car waiting from their return to their creator.

All the shows (Fashion, Juried and Individual) inspired me with their design to the application of techniques. They really showed the diversity of the fiber arts and their utility in our lives.   The keynote speaker from Maiwa,, express the need to believe in a Slow Textile Movement to support community and preservation of the art and craft of textiles.

The Prince George Fibre Arts Guild has invited us to come to Confluences the 2019 Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds Conference June 11 to 16th 2019.  I hope you will plan on going.  2021 Salem has taken the challenge of hosting the conference.


Here is a list:

8 sk, 100 gm each, 120/2 Natural silk (Treenway)
9 sk, 100 gm each, 60/2 Natural silk (Treenway)
3 sk, 50 gm each, dyed (Dk Green, Magenta, Dk lavendar)
60/2 silk (Treenway)

I also have 5 1/2 sk white silk cord, Size about 16/2 (not marked) and weight is a guess, maybe 1/2 pound. (Purchased in China)

Price is on most of these to total of $375. I am asking $200 for all or make me an offer. Will sell separate if I must.

Call Diane at 253-267-5760, or email:

Canvas Works

We received clarification from Canvas Works in Olympia:

“It has been brought to our attention that an announcement was made at today’s guild meeting that Canvas Works was closing. I can assure you that this is not correct as Canvas Works is not closing and will continue business as usual. It would be appreciated if this information could be passed on to your membership. Thank you,

— Nancy Graybeal”

One of  our members may have confused the Seattle Weaving Works closing announcement with the long-established downtown yarn shop in Olympia.

Bead weaving classes

In February Teresa Sullivan did a presentation on art and her bead work. Some of the items she showed us she is teaching at Shipwreck one of the guilds advertisers. A couple of weeks ago a few of us took her class on making pods. She has good instructions and was very helpful in keeping us on track in learning the techniques of 3 dimensional beading. The variations on increasing and decreasing promises many different looks. June 13th she is teaching the Zig Zag bead which makes an interesting component and could complement braid work. For more information on the class see:

Thurston County Fair Volunteers

Volunteers needed for Thurston County Fair to have fun demonstrating and assisting fair goers in Weaving, Spinning or Felting.

When: Aug 2nd – Aug 6th

Shifts: Morning 10AM-1PM or Afternoon 1PM- 4PM

Volunteers will be given a free entrance ticket for a three hour commitment.

Please let Gail Trotter know which Day and Shift and what you would like to share at the fair.

State Fair 4×4 Volunteers

Volunteers needed for 4×4 at State Fair to have fun demonstrating your fiber arts and crafts

When September 4th

Volunteers will be given a free parking pass and one free ticket to the fair. A bonus for our fun time will be the OWG gets income.

Needed are 4 people each for a 4 hour shift, Morning, Midday or Night . You can work on a fiber project of your choice. Bringing items hang for a display are welcome too.
Please let Gail Trotter know which shift you would like to volunteer for and she will get back to you about exact times.

Please note the following Friday will be the guilds turn at Sheep to Shawl and volunteers will be needed for that too.