Welcome to our Guild

We look forward to getting to know you and learning about your fiber arts interests.

To help you settle into the guild, here are a few optional things you can do at the next meeting you attend;

Say “Hi” to the folks around you and find out what hobbies you have in common.

Have your picture taken for the yearbook. The yearbook is how we share contact information with each other. Be sure to collect the current year’s yearbook. It’s a great way to remember and connect with those you’ve met at the meetings.

Bring something fiber-related to show during the Showcase portion of the meeting. Be sure to fill out an information slip for your item. The slips are used to raffle the prize at the June picnic.

At any time, explore the rest of the website and discover;


BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Our Monthly Meetings and Presentations are on the third Friday of each month, September through June, 9:45 am to approximately 2:00 pm. The meetings are located at the Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia. In December we have our potluck party, with an optional gift exchange. June is the end of our fiscal year and when we hold our picnic and optional themed fiber art challenge.

Join our Saturday group. It is a crafting gathering for those who work on Fridays.

Get the Yearbook. It provides member information and photos, meeting locations and times, program/workshop/events dates and topics, officers and committee chairs, annual show and sale guidelines, a list of the study groups, and advertisers.

The OWG Library is available to borrow books, magazine and videos. It is open during the Friday meetings.

Apply for a Grant. Grants are available to members for Community Outreach, Enrichment and Education.

Attend an exciting Workshop. You will meet new teachers, share knowledge and learn new techniques.

Various weaving and spinning Equipment are available to rent, including table looms for the Beginning Weaving classes and Workshops.


PARTICIPATION IN THE GUILD

Join a Study Group or several. These smaller groups meet periodically on a variety of fiber topics. They are a great way to get to know people and to do some hands-on creating. See the yearbook or website for further information.

We would love to have every member in the Yearbook. To be in the yearbook, you will need to pay your membership dues by June 30th. It is published in September for the current fiscal year.

Review the Website https://olympiaweaversguild.org/. Be sure to check out Policy and Procedure, Forms, Study Groups, Roster of Officers and Chairs, Blog, Links, Etc.

Assist the Education and Outreach committee by demonstrating fiber arts at schools and other events. Participate at our booth at the county fair or the Sheep to Shawl and Four by Four, at the state fair. Enter your own creations at both.

Attend a Beginning Weaving class. Learn how to measure your warp, warp a loom and weave a sampler.

Volunteer to work with a committee, be a committee chair or run for an office after one year of membership.

Create fiber art items to sell in the annual Show and Sale, in November.


COMMON GUILD TERMS

OWG – Olympia Weavers Guild

ANWG – Association or Northwest Weavers Guild https://northwestweavers.org/

NwRSA – Northwest Regional Spinners Association https://www.nwrsa.net/

HGA – Handweavers Guild of America https://weavespindye.org/

Four by Four – Four people for four hours, demonstrating fiber arts, at the State Fair

Sheep to Shawl – An inter-group contest that takes the weft material from fiber to shawl in one day, at the State Fair