2nd Monday of the month
September through June
Allen Methodist Church
16775 Allen West
General Meeting: 6:30pm
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Skagit Valley Weavers Guild
About Our Guild
Our guild was formed in September of 1975 by students from one of Anita Mayer's beginning weaving classes. We began with 10 or 12
members which was short of the required number to become an official guild according to the Handweavers Guild of America (HGA).
We decided to continue to organize with the hope of attracting more members as we went along.
In 1976 we changed our name to Skagit Valley Weavers' Guild after we learned there was another Valley Weavers Guild in Washington.
Our first workshop was taught by a weaver named Jan Burhen, author of the book Weaving You Can Wear. Anita Mayer, who had joined
ur guild to help us get things going, helped to organize the workshop. The workshop presented information on making ethnic style
garments from rectangles and squares of woven fabric. It was then that we learned that most round bodies did not fit well in square
garments. I still have the jacket I made in that workshop. I am not able to part with it because it was my first woven piece.
As the guild grew, we began to purchase books, subscribe to magazines and acquire equipment. In 1977 we decided to appoint a permanent
librarian. The library was housed in cardboard boxes in the librarian's home. As time went by, the library grew and took up more and
more space. It was then moved to a refurbished chicken coop at one of our members homes. Some years later, it was again moved to a
room in Arlene Summers' weaving studio where it remained for many years. It is now located in an upstairs room at our present
meeting place, the Allen United Methodist Church in Bow, WA.
In the beginning, we wrote by-laws which have been revised many times over the years to meet growing membership needs. The original
board of officers consisted of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. This served us well for a number of years. As
the guild became more active, new officers were elected to fill positions of program chairman who plans monthly programs for guild
meetings and a workshop chairman to organize workshops. The secretary's position was divided into corresponding secretary to do the
newsletter and the recording secretary to take minutes. Committee chairs were added later such as, sunshine committee and
historian. The Guild also has a crop of mentors who are willing to help beginning weavers.
When the first by-laws were written we added goals for the group as well.
1. Each member shall weave 3 items per year, complete with a write up of her process to give to all members.
2. Each member shall have at least two pieces to show in a gallery show each year.
3. Guild emphasis will be on improving craftsmanship.
We found some of these goals a little hard to meet and they have since been shelved. However, improving craftsmanship is still a goal
we all strive for. To accomplish this, the Guild sponsors workshops every year, at least one and often two or three, taught by
well-known teachers from around the country. There are also small groups of members doing independent study of a particular aspect
of weaving or related topics.
In the the late 70's and early 80's, many members began to learn to spin. Now, there is a large group that meet to spin several
times a month. All guild members are weavers. However, many are proficient in other fiber arts including, knitting, crocheting,
felting, braiding and rug-hooking, just to name a few.
In February 1999 the Guild moved its meetings to the Allen United Methodist Church. It was a great move which has been beneficial
for us and we hope for the church too.
In the year 2000, we decided to celebrate the 25th year of our Guild's founding by presenting a retrospective show of our work over
the years. It was held at the Depot Gallery in Anacortes, WA. It turned out to be a big job as we created the display ourselves,
but also a very exciting time because the show was well received by the public.
Today, the membership has grown to 48 members, with 2 charter members still actively weaving and attending meeting regularly.
Our most recent project was a collaboration by many members to weave and mount a 4'x15' hanging which is now displayed in the
church's sanctuary. It is a progression of rainbow colors highlighted on a black warp. It was dedicated by the church pastor
and congregation on March 14, 2012.
In February-April 2012, the Skagit Historical Museum chose to show our guild members work in an exhibit entitled Over 'n Under.
Members presented both current and past items created by them as they learned, improved and enjoyed their craft. The exhibit was
a great success.
As you can, see the Guild has, since it's inception, met its mission and continues to promote skills in handweaving and fiber
arts through education, sharing and community awareness.
nformation presented by Gloria Williams, charter member, Skagit Valley Weavers' Guild, February 26, 2012, at the Skagit County Historical Museum
Skagit Valley Weavers' Guild welcomes you!
Open 6:00-6:30pm the day of the meeting.
Over 200 books, periodicals, workshop book
and monographs, Video tapes and DVD's, Handwoven,
Circulating items are loaned for one month, meeting to
meeting. Items are due at the following meeting.
Tools for weaving and spinning are available for members to
check out.These items Include, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, Looms,
spinning wheels, and other spinning and equipment.