Mark your calendars! Our 2016-2017 Season is starting soon! 

The Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers holds monthly meetings from September through June. These meetings are generally held on the first Thursday evening of each month. The presentations are in a wide variety of topics interesting to fiber lovers, and the presenters are invited experts in their fields.

All the following programs will be held at the Guild House except where noted. Please refer to the monthly Gazette for further details on all programs. Click on the date below to go to the full description.

September 8th : Knotting, Making Ends Meet with: Ed Bing Lee
October 6thPlant Fibers for Artist Papers with: Winnie Radolan
November 3rdDesigning for Hand and Machine Knitting with: Uyvonne Bigham
December 1stThe Batik Work of Sara Lisker with Carol Kennedy
January 5thHoliday Party
February 2ndHandwork and Education with Nicole Nicola
March 2ndA Howling Ruth Production with Kachina Martin
April 6thAnnual Business Meeting and Board Nominations 
May 4thTBA
June 1st : Pot Luck

Thursday September 8th/ 7pm
Knotting, Making Ends Meet with: Ed Bing Lee

Ed has been perfecting his knotting artistry for over 40 years. He started as a commercial fabric designer in New York and Philadelphia and then became an instructor, teaching at Moore College of Art and Design, The University of the Arts, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia.  Working with colored thread and thousands upon thousands of knots, he transforms a simple material and a common technique into a unique form of contemporary fiber art. Receiving numerous awards, his work is included in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Daphne Farago Fiber Arts Collection, and the Franklin Mint in Los Angeles, CA. His work has been exhibited at the Sculptural Objects and Functional Art show in both Chicago and New York, and Men of Cloth at the Loveland Museum, CO. A solo exhibition of his work, AT 70, was mounted at the Snyderman/Works Gallery in 2003. Ed will discuss his sources and influences, the importance of materials, and the new direction of his current series, Intimate Narratives.

Ed Bing Lee picniccherrypie

Thursday October 6th / 7pm
Plant Fibers for Artist Papers with: Winnie Radolan

Winnie is a nationally known papermaker/artist /educator who runs Winnie’s Paperworks, an itinerant teaching papermill.  An Artist-in-Residence for both New Jersey and Pennsylvania Councils for the Arts and she also teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and conduct workshops locally and nationally. She is Founding Director of the Guild of Papermakers and former officer in the Friends of Dard Hunter Inc., a national papermaking organization. Her paper and book works have been exhibited internationally and are in private collections.

Winnie Radolan refuge


Thursday November 3rd / 7pm

Designing for Hand and Machine Knitting with: Uyvonne Bigham

Uyvonne is an instructor in the Textile Design and Fashion Design Departments at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she teaches students on the Brother knitting machines. She also teaches hand and machine knitting at Souderton and Hatboro-Horsham Night Schools.  She has developed hand and machine knitting patterns for Plymouth Yarn Company and produced garments for their trade fashion shows.  From 1988-1996 at her own company Bucks County Knitting Machine, she sold and taught on the Brother, Knitking, Studio and Bond knitting machines.  She currently owns and operates A2Z Fibers, LLC, a wholesale and retail yarn company and writes a weekly knitting column, Knits2Go, for The Bucks County Midweek.

Bobble_Afghan_medium Uyvonne Bigham

Thursday December 1st / 7pm
The Batik Work of Sara Lisker with Carol Kennedy

Carol and her sister, Lisa will share the batik artistry of their mother Sara. A past member of PGHW, Sara was a painter and graphic artist who became interested in fiber art while living in India in 1959. After studying fabric design at Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), she began creating works of art in fabric – she wove the material, designed the patterns, dyed the fabric, and used batik (an Indonesian method of hand-printing textiles with hot wax) to make pillows, handbags, and other items including a bedspread and a wedding gown.  Her works has been exhibited at Memorial Hall, Franklin Institute, the Civic Center, the Wallingford Art Center, Moore College of Art and in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York.

Sara Lisker

Thursday January 5th / 7pm 

Our annual Holiday Party lets us all get to know each other better! Please bring your work to show fellow members, as well as a dish to share. We are also hosting our 2nd annual Yarn Exchange! Bring a cone or skein to trade!

Thursday February 2nd / 7pm
Handwork and Education with Nicole Nicola

Nicole is an educator in handwork, fine arts and clay modeling at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. She will speak about what motivates her to teach handwork, what motivated Rudolph Steiner’s thought in including handwork in his educational philosophy and what she is most passionate about at this point in her career.



Thursday March 2nd / 7pm
A Howling Ruth Production with Kachina Martin

Kachina is a fiber artist and educator based in Reading, Pennsylvania.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and has been awarded state juried status.  Her work is carried in several boutiques and has been featured in numerous juried exhibits as well as in both books and articles.  Through her company, she creates distinctive fiber pieces and is dedicated to reusing and recycling fabric. She works extensively with shibori, an ancient Japanese dyeing technique which has been adapted to the use of modern materials.Kachina Martin

Thursday April 6th / 7pm

We all love the Guild! So to make sure it operates in a smooth, efficient order we have to take care of a little business. Come let your voice be heard!

Thursday May 4th / 7pm

Thursday June 1st / 7pm

Bring a dish to share for our end-of-the-season potluck!


Topics of Past Seasons:

BOBBIN LACE with: Judith Civan





BLAZING SHUTTLES with: Kathrin Weber