Programs 2017 - 2018

September 25, 2017

Maren Beck and Joshua Hirschstein - Above the Fray, Laotian Weavers

Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein, with teen sons Ari and Zall, formed Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art in 2007 determined to introduce the weaving traditions and cultures of hilltribe Laos and Vietnam to a broader audience. Visit their website to learn more.

October 23, 2017

Patty Huffer - Summer and Winter Weave Structure


Patty will share the wonders of this versatile weave structure.  A mini-workshop will follow for guild members.

November 20, 2017

Sonja Dahl - Sonja Dahl, artist, writer and scholar, "Telling Indigo: Stories of Art, Scholarship, and Transformational Practice on the 'Blue Path'"

Sonja Dahl is an artist, writer, and Research Associate at the Department of Art at the University of Oregon. She draws from a textile background in her artwork, and in her scholarship delves into the cultural, economic, historic, and metaphoric aspects of how textiles and textile processes live within and reflect the values of human societies. Her recent projects focus on the colonial history of indigo dye in the United States and its current trending in American popular and artistic culture.

January 22, 2018

Marilyn Robert - Slow Fiber Movement

February 26, 2018

Carol James - Sprang

Sprang is an ancient textile method, dating as far back as the Bronze Age. In evidence among the ancient Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, some scholars suggest it was the method used to create the vertical striped leggings of Medieval times. Sprang was known across Europe until the time of the Industrial Revolution. It produces textiles with amazing elasticity. Even more intriguing, you get an amazing two rows of cloth for every one row of work.


Carol James is a world-recognized sprang teacher.  She has spent the past 20 years rediscovering textile forms that up until now have been thought dead, resurrecting these ancient techniques.  Additional information can be found on Carol's website.

A mini-workshop will follow this program.

March 26, 2018

Pam Patrie - Tapestry Weaving


Pam will talk about her life as  a contemporary tapestry weaver, living in Portland, OR with an active studio presence on the coast. She attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art, did independent studies in France of the Gobelin technique, and studied the Aubusson technique at the San Francisco Tapestry Workshop. Pam has received numerous commissions, and her work has been shown in the USA and in Mexico.

Preview Pam's wonderful tapestries on her website.

April 23, 2018

Natural Dye and Ethnic Textiles Study Group Presentation

May 21, 2018

Tylar Merrill - Tylar, a Eugene fiber artist, will introduce her fashion collection of garments and accessories based on the Nuno felting technique. Her distinctive and unique designs have been shown throughout the Pacific Northwest and displayed widely.  Tylar teaches workshops, sharing her knowledge of every skill level.  Visit her gallery at her website.

KEZI interview


Register Guard interview

June 25, 2018

EWG Annual Picnic

Please Contact us with questions or comments.


General Meeting 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Program 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Visitors are welcome

Eugene Textile Center

1510 Jacobs Drive, Eugene