Mayan Hands Fair Trade Weaving Adventure (January 2015)

 Announcement from Mayan Hands re this winter’s tour to Guatemala that may be of interest to OWG members…

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Mayan Hands Fair Trade Weaving Adventure – January 14-24, 2015

– Meet Mayan Hands weavers In their homes and communities

– Try your hand at backstrap weaving

– Shop the world-famous Chichicastenango market

– Explore the beautiful Guatemalan Highlands, Lake Atitlan and the colonial city of Antigua

– Visit Las Ruinas de Iximché, a Mayan site, and the Ixchel Museum, a wonderland of textiles

– Hear the ancient Mayan creation story from the Popol Vuh

– Savor delicious traditional Guatemalan foods

– Enjoy Guatemala in January, when the weather is most beautiful

Chichicastenango Market  
What People Are Saying

“Through Mayan Hands, we traveled out to the little villages, into people’s homes, where they opened both their doors and their hearts to us.” – Anita, Colorado


“Would I go again? In a heartbeat!” – Anne, California

– Trip cost of $1895 includes all lodging (double occupancy), most meals, local transportation, translation, entrance fees and $400 donation to Mayan Hands (with tax deduction receipt).

– Discounts available for Mayan Hands supporters. Contact us for details.

– Airfare and personal expenses not included.

– For more information and trip itinerary click here or contact Mary Joan Ferrara-Marsland at (301) 515-5911 and

or Deborah Chandler


We are excited to announce the dates of our next Fair Trade Weaving Adventure, January 14-24, 2015. Escape winter and come with Mayan Hands to Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring! Meet the amazing women of Mayan Hands and learn about Fair Trade and the difference it makes in the lives of artisans, their families and communities.


Mayan Hands friend and advisor Deborah Chandler will lead this special tour. Deborah, renowned weaving teacher and author of
Learning to Weave and Guatemalan Woven Wealth, has led dozens of groups on journeys of discovery in her adopted homeland of Guatemala.

Experience the natural beauty of Guatemala and immerse yourself in Mayan culture, ancient and contemporary, in the homes of weavers, in extraordinary markets and museums and in your connections with Guatemala’s greatest treasure, her people. You will return home with your spirit renewed and hope restored.


Mayan Hands is a fair trade, nonprofit organization working in Guatemala with more than 175 Mayan women, organized in cooperatives, who seek to bring their families out of extreme poverty while they continue to live within the culture they cherish.  We are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation.
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Mayan Hands | 92 Brookline Ave | Albany | NY | 12203


Northwest Designer Craftsmen

The Whatcom Museum (250 Flora St, Bellingham) presents Reaching Beyond: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 60, a juried exhibition featuring the work for members of that group as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.  The show opened September 14th and runs through January 4th, 2015.  More info at

[contributed by Kathy Forsythe]

As part of the celebration, Russell Day, who is over 100 and lives at Panorama in Lacey, has been much honored as the only surviving founder of NW Designer Craftsmen

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Sale

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Sale

Thursday, October 23    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday, October 24       10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 25   10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

St. Mark’s Cathedral

Lower Level – Bloedel Hall

1245 10th Avenue East

Seattle, WA 98102

The Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Sale offers an opportunity for the greater Seattle community to experience over 3,500 original textiles and purchase unique handwoven items from local weavers, some of whom have practiced the timeless art of weaving for more than 30 years.

The sale will showcase one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, including towels, rugs, blankets, tapestries, exquisite jewelry, accessories for pets, children’s items, handmade cards, household goods, hats, bags, wall art, jackets, scarves, wraps, sculptural baskets, liturgical weaving, handspun and/or hand-dyed yarns along with weaving and spinning tools.


We invite you to join us at our Annual Sale to see the work of our hands and hearts as we follow the thread of this ancient craft. There will also be demonstrations of spinning, weaving and other fiber crafts during the sale.

To find out more about the Seattle Weavers’ Guild, email or visit


State Fair: thanks, lost & found, 2015 schedule …

Forwarded from Barbara Bitetto:


Someone left a black sweater and a green shawl at the Fair in the back room of the demo area (see picture).  I will take them to the Administration building Lost and Found at the Fair for pick up.
Thanks for all the guilds that demonstrated.  You always attracted a crowd.  I have attached a tentative schedule for 2015.  Please  send me a reply if the dates look good for your guild by the end of October to confirm your spot.  There are additional groups interested in demonstrating next year.  The fair dates are Sept. 11 to Sept. 27.  The final weekend of the fair is the same as Oregon Flock and Fiber.  Let me know if you have a new contact person for your guild.  I do have the change for Arachne Guild.
The Sheep to Shawl entries will be upstairs in Home Arts for pick up for Seattle Weavers Guild, Tacoma Weavers Guild and Olympia Weavers Guild on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This week I will request payment for your participation.  Checks should be out by mid October.  Contact me if you haven’t received your check by the end of October.



September 11-27, 2015

Tentative Schedule

Confirm Dates with Barbara Bitetto,



10:00 – 2:00

2:00 – 6:00

6:00 – 10:00

Fri, 09/11

Puyallup Knitting Guild

Beyond the Basic Basketry

Sat. 09/12

NW Regional Spinners

Sun. 09/13

Moonspinners Sheep to Shawl

Mon 09/14

Wa He Lut School

Polymer Guild

Tue. 09/15

Olympia Weavers Guild Sheep to Shawl

Wed. 09/16

Tacoma Weavers Guild Sheep to Shawl

Thurs. 09/17

Arachne Weavers Guild Sheep to Shawl

Fri, 09/18


Sat. 09/19

Seattle Weavers Guild Sheep to Shawl

Sun. 09/20

Lacemakers of Puget Sound

Mon. 9/21

Sheep to Shawl Judging 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Home Arts South Stage. All are invited

Mon. 09/21


Tue. 09/22

Tacoma Weavers Guild

Beyond the Basic Basket

Wed. 09/23

Tacoma Fibercrafters

Thurs 09/24

Mt. Rainier Spinners

Fri. 09/25


Sat. 09/26

Ewesful Spinners

Sun. 09/27


More community demonstrations

The Olympia Weavers Guild was invited to demonstrate weaving and related textile skills during Nordic Heritage Day at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Lacey, WA. The demonstration included tapestry, inkle and tablet weaving looms, books and discussion of historical production and uses of textiles. There was also an ongoing demonstration of drop-spinning prepared flax fiber into linen yarn, complete with a distaff tucked into a belt.
Here is a video prepared by the organizers, showing all of the different displays and demonstrations during the day.


Thurston Community Television Open House 9/27/2014

Kate Jantz-Koprivnik would like to invite guild members to the Thurston Community Television open house on September 27.


For the past 6 months we’ve been renovating the facility and
installing state-of-the-art studio production equipment. Now.. IT’S FINISHED!

Control Room A

We have a beautiful, new High Definition control room and 4 new studio cameras (two of them are on robotic pan/tilt heads). There’s also a new audio recording booth.

The Cafe

The whole facility has a fresh new decor. The Cafe is a great new
gathering space. The front lobby has a wall dedicated for art displays.

If you haven’t been to TCTV lately, we’ve got LOTS to show you. So,
we’re having a party!


440 Yauger Way SW, Suite C, Olympia WA
Saturday, September 27, 2014
1PM – 5P

(re-dedication program at 3:00)
There will be lots of fun activities. You can record a voice-over in
the new audio booth, create an animation, or give a “Shout Out” in front of our green screen. We’ll have refreshments and door prizes, too!
TCTV is YOUR community media center.  Join us on September 27th to learn how you can put yourself in the picture!

Thurston Community Television
440 Yauger Way SW, Suite C – Olympia WA 98502


Larochette/Lurie Book Signing — The Tree of Lives: Adventures Between Warp and Weft

 Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie

Book Release and Signing

Join Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie as they celebrate the release of their new book, “The Tree of Lives: Adventures Between Warp and Weft.” The event will include a slide presentation by the artists.

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 – 5:00pm. University Friends Meetinghouse, 4001 9th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Directions.

This event is free and open to the public. Please forward this email to anyone you think would be interested in attending.

No need to rsvp, but if you have questions, please contact: Mary

Call for Entry: “Parallel Patterns – Significant Schemes, Seams, & Symbols”

Deadline: September 9, 2014

Parallel Patterns – Significant Schemes, Seams, & Symbols
North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival
Museum & Arts Center
Sequim, WA
October 1, 2014 to November 29, 2014

Parallel Patterns – Significant Schemes, Seams, & Symbols is a juried fiber arts exhibition revealing meaningful themes, designs, and relationships through fiber, fabric, and fashions with creative consideration that reflects and sometimes repeats imaginative motives, motifs, lines, and serendipity.

Eligibility requirements, entry forms, and more information available at

Information for the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is available at