Showcase March 2013


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A gallery of images from the members showcase: basketry, dyeing, weaving, knitted bag, woven shibori purses, “found” hand-woven objects from thrift stores, and other finds, such as a napkin from the Nobel presentation with Alfred’s image woven in…

2013 ANWG NW Weavers Conference
Workshops, Seminars, Marketplace and More!

June 17-23, 2013 — WWU, Bellingham, WA

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Good News!
We Have More Rooms!


Rooms! Rooms! Rooms!

As you may know, our total registrations for campus housing were bumping up against the number of rooms WWU had allocated to us.  Well, they have been able to increase that number so now there is no problem!  Hooray!

So – those generous weavers who gave up their single rooms for doubles can change back if they want to.  Also, we have reinstated the option to select a single room when registering.  Our weavers will be housed in one of five dorms.  A while back we asked registrants who have mobility or other issues to let us know so we can do our best to assign them to dorms with easier walking.

We have learned that there are events going on at the same time as our conference which have taken almost all of the space in local hotels and motels.  So if you were thinking of staying at one of those, you might want to choose a dorm room instead.  We have plenty of room for you! For any changes to your registration or questions, please

Marketplace Groupie
by Joyce Hunziker, Marketplace Mall Co-Chair


My first ANWG conference experience was in 2005.  Since I live near Tacoma, I commuted each day instead of staying on campus.  When other attendees went to their dorms after seminars or lunch, I headed to the vendor hall.  What a gathering of color and texture it was—I had never been surrounded by so many beautiful fibers and weaving supplies.

Again and again, I headed to the vendor hall.  Overnight, I thought of a project that required just the right weight and color of silk yarn; then another project needing a wool blend for scarves; another, cotton for towels.  On the last evening, I realized I was underdressed for the banquet and headed back to find the right jacket…which I still wear.

Through the next conferences, the vendor hall has been the place I return to, again and again—each conference requires at least four visits, don’t you agree?  It’s the go-to place to ask questions of the people who have answers, the place to find the right color/texture/weight/luster of fiber, the shuttle that fits your hand correctly, the kumihimo and project kits with all the needed parts, the books, tools, roving, ribbons, looms, wheels, dyes….

The Marketplace Mall at the 2013 conference will bring old friends—names you will recognize and want to return to.  It will bring new businesses and faces, from near and far.  Visit our Marketplace Mall webpage and check to see who has registered so far and begin planning those next projects.
Warning—ANWG marketplaces are known to be highly addictive.

Conference Events!

We are very excited about the upcoming conference!  As you may know, Friday evening at the conference is unstructured, so you will have some free time to do what you choose.  That could be lounging at your dorm with friends, heading over to the Marketplace for some shopping, joining a group of spinners and knitters, or whatever you would like to do. There is an outing planned for Friday evening which you may want to consider.  We will be car-pooling to a local fiber mill, Ferndale Fiber, and then to the Jansen Art Center in Lynden.

Ferndale Fiber is a wool mill located just north of Bellingham. The mill produces “Potluck Roving” and Needle Felting Wool. They use a huge 1925 carding machine, one of very few left in operation in the US.  Come for a free tour, see the machines, the products and have a fun adventure.  Kathy Green, the owner, will give us a guided tour through the mill, and the tour is certain to be interesting to fiberistas.

At the Jansen, Courtney Lipson Jensen will speak about weaving a Chilkat Robe.  Chilkat weaving is a traditional and unique form of weaving from the Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.  It is one of the most complex weaving techniques in the world in which the weaver can create curvilinear designs in the weave itself.  Using cedar bark and mountain goat wool, native weavers devised this complex technique to create robes and other ceremonial regalia that depict their clan crests and stories.

Courtney Jensen began weaving in 2007 under the gentle tutelage of Chilkat weaver, Chloe Sk.wein French.  Beginning with thigh-spinning her warp yarns from merino wool, she first learned geometric Raven’s Tail weaving.  In 2011, Chloe began teaching Courtney the fundamentals of Chilkat weaving while Courtney’s husband Scott Jensen designed her first robe.  Chilkat robes were traditionally designed by men and woven by women.

From pattern board and raw materials to a Chilkat robe Courtney will take you on a visual journey through her process with anecdotes of lessons learned, wisdom gathered, and a story of the community that contributed to enabling her first Chilkat weaving.  In the next few months, we will be adding other activities for Friday evening as well.  Stay tuned!

What Happens To My Entry After I Ship It To Bellingham?

After your wearable is shipped to Bellingham, several things will happen.  First the fashion show committee will examine the entry to make sure it has arrived in perfect shape.  Then the committee will attach the identification tags that will remain with the garment until it is safely back in your hands.

The photographer will come to Bellingham and, working with the commentator, photograph the details you included on your entry form.  By then he will have conferred with the technical staff at the Concert Hall and will know how to prepare the images to be shown on the large screen during the show.  The commentator will also come to Bellingham and prepare her script.  Then she and the photographer will coordinate the presentation.

The judges will also come to Bellingham and will be able to take their time examining all the entries and making their decisions.  These decisions will be based on how well the entry matches the category and among other entries is the best representation of that category. The fashion show committee will also begin pairing the entries with the models and, working with the commentator, determine the order in which the entries will be shown.

As you can see, every effort will be made to make sure your entries are treated with care.  They will remain at a single location until they are moved to the Concert Hall for the fashion show and moved from there to the nearby Western Gallery.  If you have questions about any facet of the Fashion Show, please feel free to e-mail Marilyn Olsen

Shows Update…

Juried Show…
Some beautiful and interesting entries have arrived for the juried show, and we’re looking forward to seeing yours!  We have garments, tapestries, rumors of rugs – it should be wonderful and varied.  The show will be professionally hung in a beautiful space, so your work will look its very best.

Our juror, Bhakti Ziek, intends to write some feedback for each of you on your piece, so this can be a learning experience as well as a chance to show all of us your work.  There’s still time if it’s not done – the deadline is April 1, and the more pictures the better.  Pictures can be emailed or sent with the entry form and fee. (Addresses are on the form.)  Thanks for taking that leap – enter one of the shows!

Open Show..
Be a part of this great opportunity for all to see your work in the beautiful gallery at Western Washington University while our conference is on– without the fear of being juried.  There’s still time to try something new and to have it seen by many people in the fiber community. It is such a treat to win a ribbon or a prize, so send in your entry for the Open Show by the April 22 deadline.  Just visit our Open Show website page for more information.

Guild Booths…
You are not going to want to miss the Guild Booth displays when you attend this conference. Eighteen guilds will be represented. We’ve heard that the ANWG reps and their committees are hard at work and have come up with some amazing concepts. The booths will be located in the Carver Gym along with the vendor booths. You’ll be able to get inspiration from the booths and then go buy materials!

Materials Lists Posted
If you have already registered for the conference, you will find the materials lists for your workshops, seminars and one-day classes on the website. If there is no materials list PDF, all you need to bring is materials to take notes. Clickhere to visit out materials lists webpage.

Marketplace Mall…
Our 2013 Marketplace Mall is nearly full.  Click here to see some of the merchants who will be there.  We will be telling you more about our merchants in future newsletters.

Mark Your CalendarMarch 20, 2013
Final Date to Submit Fashion Show Entry Form

April 1, 2013
Fashion Show Acceptance Announcement
Juried Show Entry Deadline

April 20, 2013
Final Date to Submit Goodie Bag Items

April 22, 2013
Open Show Entry Deadline

May 1, 2013
Final Date to Receive Fashion Show Garments
Juried Show Acceptance Announced
Open Show Acceptance Announced

June 17-23, 2013
2013 ANWG NW Weavers Conference!

Quick Links To Our Website…
Registration Info
Materials List
Marketplace Mall
Conference Instructors
Conference Seminars
Conference Workshops
Conference 1-Day Classes
Conference Booth Information
All About Awards
Conference Colors
Goodie Bag Submission Info

Fashion Show Info
Open Show Info
Juried Show Info
ANWG Rep CornerGoodie Bag Update…
We asked for 400 items from participating guilds for the Goodie Bags.  Our registration has passed 490 and we now look towards 500+.  If it is not possible to add more items to your contribution, we will happily take what you can provide and distribute randomly among the bags.  No perishable, bulk or fragile items please.  Visit ourGoodie Bag webpage for more information.
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Program Planning Survey for 2013-2014

The newly-augmented program committee is seeking input from members on what programs you would like to see in the coming years.  Please download one of the forms below, fill it in, and bring it to the meeting on Friday, March 15, 2013, email electronic versions to, or comment to this post (the survey content is below the download section).

PDF:  owg_program_topics_survey (to be filled in by hand)

Word: owg_program_topics_survey (.DOC format, to edit and email; please do NOT save as DOCX format)

Open Document Format: owg_program_topics_survey (for use with OpenOffice or LibreOffice [preferred])

Content: (address comments to these items)

Please indicate your interest in program topics, preferences for artists and subjects, or write in your own. Be as specific as needed, e.g., “Compare weaving software; training on specific software; Weaving with… (silk, linen, wool, synthetics, sock yarn, etc)”


  • Guild Members
  • Local Artists
  • Regional Artists
  • National Artists
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  • Design Software:
  • Weave structures:
  • Braids and Bands:
  • Ergonomics:
  • Loom type comparison:
  • Off-loom techniques:
  • Tapestry:
  • Finishing Techniques:
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Garment construction:


  • Weaving with specialty fibers:





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A Transfer of Ancient Knowledge

Weaving workshops being offered by our February speakers

R.S.V.P required
By popular request, we are convening 3 basket weaving classes all held on the same day, April 13th All are Alaska Native style weaving technologies, and once you learn this, you can weave many styles. FUN!

What type of weaving, who should attend?

1. Beginning Cedar Bark – Anyone interested in cedar bark from prepping the wild bark to making a basket.Cedar bark weaving is common to NW Coastal tribes from Northern California to the Arctic Circle in Alaska

2. Beginning Aleut – Anyone interested in an exotic and precise weaving technology. Some old Aleut weavings have over 500 stitches per square inch. This weaving style is an excellent foundation for many other weaving traditions. We learn to weave with imported waxed Irish linen, a contemporary material.

3. Advanced Aleut – For Hummingbird Stands Weavers, and others, who have already completed our previous Aleut Weaving class. We have held Aleut weaving classes since 2009. This year’s advanced class will use wild, cured beach grass in the Aleut tradition.

When and Where?

All classes are held at the same time, April 13, 2013, noon to 4 PM at the Hummingbird Stands Lodge

Who Who are the Teachers?

Cedar Bark Weaving – Paulette Frisina Beginning Aleut Weaving – Leah Weatherford Advanced Aleut Weaving – Louie Thadei

Cost of the Classes?

As usual, it’s by donation. You will be asked to purchase weaving materials at the class which is $20.00 for the most basic materials.

What Next?

Decide which class you want to take. You can take only one, this time. If you are a beginner, take Class 1 or 2. If you already know Aleut Weaving, take Class 3.

DEADLINE to Register.

By April 1st (at the very latest, contact Jan by e-mail or telephone *82 1 360 894-1874 or responding to this notice by e-mail Let her know which class you will attend (1, 2 or 3) and she will reserve a spot for you. After you are registered, she will send you a more detailed Information Sheet for your class. The Information Sheet will help you bring tools or materials you need to bring, or may want to acquire. The Information Sheet will also tell you about follow up sessions to deepen your weaving skill.The Information Sheet will also list on-line and brick/mortar stores for tools, materials you need.