Founded in the 1940’s, the Eugene Weavers’ Guild has members from Eugene, Springfield, surrounding communities, and rural Lane County, Oregon. Membership benefits include library privileges, monthly programs, study groups, discounts for workshops offered by the Guild, and membership in the Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) and ANWG. We invite you to join us!
The guild meets on the fourth Monday of the month, September through November, and January through May or June (depending on programs or holidays; no December meeting) from 10 a.m. until noon. We meet at the Eugene Textile Center, 2750 Roosevelt Blvd., Eugene. In June we meet in the evening for a potluck picnic at a member’s home.
A typical meeting consists of a short business meeting, a time for sharing of weaving projects, and a program presented by a fiber artist, either from the local area or from other areas of the state. Topics of past programs have included Basketry, Coptic Textiles, Oregon Linen pre-1940, Textiles of Turkey, Coastal Salish Weaving, Creativity, Design, Color Inspiration, Rep Weave, and Velvet Weaving.
Our newsletter, Thrums, is published eight times a year. The Guild maintains a library of over 400 books and other publications available for members’ use. Items may be checked out for one month at a time.
As a Guild, we give demonstrations at the Lane County Fair, the Oregon State Fair, and at local events and venues.
Eugene Weavers’ Guild study groups afford opportunities for members to learn and explore shared topics of interest. A study group is organized around a common purpose as stated in its mission statement along with its goals and objectives. Study Groups are responsible to the Guild as a whole by reporting their activities through a variety of options that may include a presentation, gallery showing, newsletter report, or document with drafts and images.
THE WEAVE STRUCTURE STUDY GROUP
The Weave Structure Study Group (WSSG) is a learning community devoted to broadening the understanding of weave structures through education, practice, and group sharing. The structures to be studied and the length of time for study are determined by group consensus. We meet at the Eugene Textile Center at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month to allow for more participation in guild activities for those unable to attend the regular Monday guild meetings.
THE FIBER CHALLENGE STUDY GROUP
The Fiber Challenge Study Group selects a different topic each year to challenge members’ creativity. Spirals and Curves. of which there are many examples in nature, will be studied in 2019. All fiber techniques are welcome including weaving, dyeing, spinning, sewing, knitting and crochet, braiding, book and paper making, etc. The first part of each meeting consists of members sharing what they are working on, from the idea stage to completion. We learn from and inspire each other. During the second part of the meeting people can share their work with others, for our additional education and inspiration. We meet at the Eugene Textile Center at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of each month.
THE NATURAL DYE & ETHNIC TEXTILE STUDY GROUP
The Natural Dye & Ethnic Textile Study Group is dedicated to the use of natural dyes on natural fibers suitable for weaving, with an emphasis on locally available, organic, and sustainable dyestuffs. The exploration includes dyeing on cloth and practices such as traditional ethnic dye techniques of shibori, ikat, and katazome. Meeting times vary and attendance in this study group is limited by the size of the dye studio. The group usually meets on the third Friday of the month at a private dye studio. Current projects include growing indigo, sponsoring a dye garden at the Extension Center, color experiments, and garment construction. We share the results of our studies through programs with the guild and with the broader community.
SCANDINAVIAN WEAVES STUDY GROUP
The Scandinavian Weaves Study Group, new in 2019, studies the weave structures of the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Sami, the indigenous peoples of northern Scandinavia and Russia. The group’s initial focus is the weaving history of Scandinavia. We meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Eugene Textile Center on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
INKLE WEAVING STUDY GROUP
The Inkle Weaving Study Group, new in 2019, is dedicated to sharing the basics of narrow-band inkle weaving, surface design ideas, the use of supplementary heddles, and explorations of color interactions. Meetings are at 11 a.m. at the Eugene Textile Center the first Friday of every month.
Eugene Weavers’ Guild
2750 Roosevelt Boulevard
Eugene, OR 97402
Updated May 2020