Shepherds Extravaganza

Hello, Fellow Fiber Lovers!
I am so happy to say It’s almost time for one of our favorite events, the Shepherds’ Extravaganza at the Puyallup Spring Fair, April 20-29, 2023. I’m Heather Kibbey, your demonstration coordinator for the Extravaganza. I know you are all eager to get back to the good work we do demonstrating our crafts to the public.

Although the Spring Fair will be up and running 2 weekends, our event will take place over one weekend only, April 20-23. This year our event starts at 2 pm on Thursday April 20. We would like to have spinning, weaving, knitting, felting and other fiber arts being demonstrated throughout the Extravaganza. We will continue with hands-on activities for children this year (kumihimo, making bookmarks for the younger crowd, or any other activity you want to show them). We are looking for people who are willing to show the public how a particular fiber technique is done, and/or help kids do a little fibercrafting of their own. Please come and demonstrate your skill!! If you know of others that would be interested in demonstrating, please forward this information to them. Please share this message with your crafting guild. The demo area depends on a robust group of volunteer demonstrators!!

We will set up the area so that you can somewhat shelter inside the demo area if you so choose, but will also have the spinner’s circle outside the area if you choose to do that. Please bring your own mask if you wish to wear one.

Demonstrators and spinners will receive complimentary gate passes to the Spring Fair. Groups of tickets will not be issued. The Fair wants an accurate accounting of tickets used. This year is paid parking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As far as I now know, the parking will be like last year, with certain lots free. I have no information at this time on which parking lots we will be allowed to use, but will send that info with the tickets when I receive them in a couple of weeks.

Demonstrations and spinning for the Extravaganza will be in J Barn. You will be asked to come for a three or four hour shift. Shifts will be 10 AM-2 PM: 2 PM-6 PM: 6 PM-9 PM. Only on Thursday 20th will shifts begin at 2 PM, and the last shift will end on Sunday night the 23rd at 6 PM.

Please respond to this email with the days and shifts you wish to volunteer. Also, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS, as I must mail you the tickets via US Postal Service when I receive them.

If you have questions, call Heather Kibbey at 253-478-6971, or email me at

Other information on the Shepherds Extravaganza, such as classes, fleece entries, etc. may be found at:
“Shepherds Extravaganza.”

Warmest regards to all my fiber friends,

If you have questions, call Heather Kibbey at 253-478-6971, or email me at

Complex Weavers – an All-Volunteer and International Weaving Group

Call to Artists

Call to Artists – Complex Weavers 2024

Invitation to present a topic at Complex Weavers 2024 in Wichita KS

Complex Weavers are inviting you to consider presenting a topic at the next Complex Weavers conference, July 6-9, 2024 in Wichita, KS. This conference immediately precedes HGA’s Convergence, also to be held in Wichita, July 11-17.

Typically, presenters are members of Complex Weavers, an all-volunteer and international weaving group.  If you would like to present a topic of interest to this group, you would also need to become a member of Complex Weavers.  This is a good thing – membership includes the excellent Complex Weavers Journal, access to its library, and access to the many study groups sponsored by Complex Weavers.  Take a look at the Complex Weavers website for more information about membership and its benefits.

The requirements for a proposal are shown below.  If, after reading through this information, you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us via the email address listed in the requirements for proposal.

Jenni Jimmerson and Sheri Ward, Leader Selection Co-Chairs

Complex Weavers 2024 RFP

Bookmark%20Exchange%20Email%20Header.pngThere’s still time to register for the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.’s (HGA) 2023 Handwoven Bookmark Exchange! This small project provides quick warping, easy weaving, and great satisfaction. The Exchange Coordinator must receive all bookmarks by registered participants by February 28th.
Versatile bookmarks can be completed on a table loom, rigid heddle loom, inkle loom, or tapestry loom. So many options! This exchange offers flexibility and allows participants to test their creativity. There are no yarn restrictions, nor is there a minimum width or length. The only requirement is to weave four bookmarks and in exchange, you will receive four different bookmarks with instructions to recreate each one. You must be an HGA member to participate. Not an HGA member? Join Today!
Register Here

Community (Optional)
Participants will be invited by email to join the Facebook group for the exchange so they can share and communicate with each other.  
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s wonderful woven bookmarks!

Deflected Double Weave Workshop

The Seattle Weaver’s Guild is excited to announce that registration for an in-person April workshop, Connections, Layers, Pockets & Beyond Traditional Deflected Double Weave, with Janney Simpson is now open to guild and non-guild members .

The workshop is intended for intermediate weavers who can warp a loom and weave without assistance. An 8-shaft loom is required.

This 3-day in-person workshop will be held Friday, April 28th–Sunday, April 30th, 2023, from 9:00 am–4:30 pm at Edmonds Artworks in Edmonds, WA.

For more about Deflected Double Weave and a full description of the workshop including a link to registration, cost/fees, and more, please visit the  website at

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Small Expressions 2023 Traveling Exhibit Call for EntryDeadline: March 28, 2023 Rodgers_Biology.jpg
The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.’s(HGA) Small Expressions is an annual juried exhibit featuring contemporary small-scale works. The exhibit showcases works created using fiber techniques in any media, not to exceed 15 inches (38 cm) in any direction, including mounting, framing, or display devices.

The exhibit is available for travel. Juried by Allyce Wood, the 2023 exhibit will open at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington (July 5 to September 3, 2023). Following the Washington show, the exhibit will tour the United States through June 2024.

Entry fees per piece are $17 for HGA Members (Join Now) and $25 for Non-Members. Students with proof of enrollment at an accredited educational institution may enter with no fee. We anticipate that the entry form for our annual Small Expressions exhibit will open in mid-February.

We are in the process of transitioning to new application software, which will make for a streamlined and simplified submission process. Thinking about entering? Download the prospectus below for more information to help you begin preparing your submission.Download Prospectus

Interested in bringing Small Expressions to a gallery or museum near you? Download our Traveling Exhibit Brochure.Download Brochure  For more information about Small Expressions visit our our website or email our program coordinator at
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