The members of our guild come from SW Oregon – Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass and many other small towns in the region. The purpose of this organization is to contribute to the knowledge of and provide for continuing education of weaving and related fiber arts, to promote interest in weaving and fiber arts in the local communities and to encourage improvement in our own work through comparison and sharing.
Our dues are $25.00 a year. The benefits members receive are many, such as wonderful, informative programs put on by our members, programs from outside our membership, library use, equipment rental, a monthly newsletter (Rogue Rovings in conjunction with Rogue Valley Handweavers Guild) and membership in study groups. We also sponsor, for an extra fee, workshops taught by well known fiber artists.
We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month, Sept. through June, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Medford Main Library (occasionally we meet at a different library location). We always have refreshments and visiting first, followed by a short business meeting, show and share and a wonderfully informative program.
Saturday Handweavers’ Guild was started in 1974. The Guild was organized to accommodate weavers who worked outside the home and could not attend a meeting on a weekday. The group met in members’ homes until it grew too large and currently meets at the Medford Main Library.
Saturday Handweavers’ and Rogue Valley Handweavers’ Guilds jointly sponsor an Outreach Committee that schedules and sets up displays and demonstrations at different public venues. We have a table loom set up for children or adults to try, giving many of them their first experience at a loom. Members also demonstrate on the guild’s loom or bring their own project or spinning wheels.
In addition to demonstrating at the county fairs we regularly demonstrate at events around SW Oregon including Pear Blossom Festival, Art in Bloom, Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Hanley Farm, Pottsville, Medford Antique Show, Fiber Mania and various other events as they come up.
Updated March 2017