About Lana Schneider

I began weaving and spinning in 1986 in SoCal and it quickly became a lifelong challenge and compulsion. I brought my interests and skills to the NW in 1992 and have been teaching, encouraging and challenging new fiber artists as often as I can. And I am challenged and encouraged every time I am around other weavers/spinners/fiber folk.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Olympia Weavers Guild offers a number of supportive scholarship opportunities for short term or long term learning directions. With the upcoming guild workshops scheduled, you may want to consider applying for one of the Educational Grants for up to $300 to be used in specific study situations.

There is also an Enrichment grant of $500 – $1000 intent on supporting an individual members intensive study. The applicant for this grant develops an outline of the work to be pursued which is evaluated by an outside resource member of our fiber arts community. The deadline for submitting this application is April 1st.

The application forms are on this website and help is available to go through the process. Contact Lana Schneider for more information.

SPSCC Exhibit: Fine Art Postcard Exhibition

SPSCC ‘s Fourth Annual exhibition showcases the works of well-known artists and novices alike, all in a postcard size format now through February 20th at the Minneart Art Center on campus 2011 Mottman Road SW. The gallery is open noon – 4pm Mondays thru Fridays (except holidays). There is no cost and the creative inspirations seem abounding.

Check out spscc.edu/gallery for more information.


Sarah Swett Tapestry Exhibition in OR

I was just told of a great exhibit not too far from here…a great field trip. Sarah Swett, who does such great tapestries,  has her work on display at the Latimer Textile Museum in Tillamook OR but only until July 1! It’s summer; it is a great trip to the Oregon coastline with a super textile adventure added on, so if you can….take advantage!  Google Tillamook Textile Museum to get the details,

or click here->  http://www.latimerquiltandtextile.com


I spent the morning at Fido’s Farms, not far from me…a place that trains herding dogs. Hansen School had organized a field trip to see the new lambs, watch herding and agility exhibitions and become herders themselves (of ducks). I demo’d spinning and weaving with a friend. For my efforts, besides lots of smiles, I received “as many fleeces as I want” – and came away with 2 coopworth fleeces. They have LOTS of white fleece, ewe and lamb hogget (first clip, usually considered the finest). It is long medium crimp, not exactly skirted to a spinners specification, but wonderful stuff as best I could quickly determine. Chris Sonderson runs the farm and always has fleece on offer to anyone that wants to use it. Such generosity needs to be taken seriously. I need more fiber like a hole in my head and I have 2? No control.

Google Fido’s Farms to see their website…


Nordic Heritage Museum offers Seattle Weavers Guild exhibit

"Transparencies" -- Pamela Done

The Nordic Heritage Museum presents Weaving in the Northwest: an exhibit honoring the weaving heritage of Margaret Bergman in conjunction with weavings of Seattle Weavers Guild members, reflecting their Scandinavian textile heritage.   The SWG exhibit is part of a public presence celebrating the 75th anniversary of the guild’s founding and will be on exhibit until May 6th at the museum.  The Nordic Heritage Museum, located in the colorful Ballard community, is a gem of immigration history, which encompasses a depth of textile work throughout the rich Scandinavian heritage.  For specifics of where/when/ how much, go to   www.nordicmuseum.org     Treat yourself to a great NW experience.


You may not know that as a carpet man, my husband is associated with a premier natural wool carpet company, Hibernia Carpet. Every time they construct a carpet, there are cone ends that are not used which get stored in their warehouse until someone decides to houseclean.  This is happening for the second time in about 5 years and I have more
yarn that I have any excuse to need coming my way. I do have a great project idea developing, but the last time I received a bounty from Hibernia, it took me 2 years to make 5 rugs and still had a stash of yarn I shared. I am just not a production rug weaver, I guess.

If you are interested in being inspired to work with yarns from Wools of New Zealand and Great Britain, go to Hibernia Carpet, check out the product for color samples and see what there is to see. I am not sure what the cost is, other than it is amazingly reasonable. And they are really interested in letting this product get into the hands of people who will make great use of it.

For further information, contact Debbie[at]Hiberniawool.com or see me: Lana Schneider