Mark your calendars! Our 2017-2018 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 7th : PGHW Heritage Night
October 5thDesigning Textiles for a Fashion Designer or Haute Couture Starts in a Bathtub in Auburn
November 2nd : The Fiber and Textile Arts of Nigeria
December 7th : History Pays a Visit
January 4thHoliday Party
February 1st : Maureen Kamerick –MK Silks
March 1st : Annual Business Meeting and Board Nominations
April 5th :  Random Acts of Color – Process and Trunk Show
May 3rd : Presentation by a Juror from HGA
June 7th : Pot Luck

Thursday September 7th/ 6:30pm
PGHW Heritage Night – Moderator, Joanne Zimmerman

To be held at Philadelphia University in The Lawrence N. Field DEC Center This year is the 65th anniversary of the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers. We will be celebrating with a presentation on the history of the Guild. Starting in the early 50’s when a group of people got together and decided to form a Guild, the history continues with the creation of the Bicentennial Tapestry, the gifting of the present guild house by Wilde Yarn, a hurricane and consequent flooding, to the present times of the Guild. The accomplishments of Guild members will be highlighted. The evening will start at 6:30 to allow time to socialize and, of course, time to share a Birthday Cake!


Thursday October 5th / 7pm
MELISSA ARNOLD – Designing Textiles for a Fashion Designer or Haute Couture Starts in a Bathtub in Auburn

Melissa Arnold is a self-taught artist and has been working with textiles for well over 30 years. She began as a dyer, weaver and spinner, and moved into surface design in 1990 when she moved to Hawaii and learned the art of Shibori and Indigo dyeing from the Temari Center for Asian Arts. She has spent the last 12 years as a Professional Textile Designer and has won numerous awards for her work. Her textiles are in private collections around the country as well as in the collections of the Hawaii State Foundation on culture and the Arts and the Nippon Silk Center. She will offer a humorous and inspiring account of how she started designing textiles for Catherine Bacon, a California-based Fashion Designer. With a “hands on” lecture for textile lovers, she will show samples from the different collections she has done with many things to touch, feel and look at while she explains some of the processes she has used over the years

Thursday November 2nd / 7pm
Yemisi Ajayiu – The Fiber and Textile Arts of Nigeria
A native of Lagos with family roots in the Ijebu region of southwest Nigeria, Yemisi Ajayiu began her career as a textile artist in 1989. She first trained at Oshogbo Art School and then received her Diploma in Creative Arts at the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Lagos. She has won a reputation as an innovative textile/fiber artist working within the realm of traditional Yoruba cloth, motifs and dyeing. She started exhibiting her works in 1991 in Nigeria, and over the past years, she has exhibited works in several international shows. A teacher of batik and adire dye methods and Yoruba patchwork quilting, she maintains a studio and collaborates widely with Nigeria’s many talented visual artists.

Thursday December 7th / 7pm
Betsy Ross – History Pays a Visit

Betsy Ross, seamstress and maker of the first American flag, will visit to share with us stories about her fascinating life and business, 18th -century fiber and textiles, and her role as an upholsterer. She will bring with her items from the Betsy Ross House including her new bed hangings for the “widow’s chamber”.

Thursday January 4th / 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. 

Thursday February 1st / 7pm
Maureen Kamerick –MK Silks

Maureen Kamerick works exclusively in silk, one of the strongest, most luxurious natural fibers. She dyes the silk and then weaves it into scarves, shawls and fabric. Her work combines her interest in pattern with her love of intricate color. Antique and ethnic weaving provides inspiration for her contemporary textiles. She will tell us about her journey as a fiber artist, her creative process as a dyer and weaver, as well as share the business side of showcasing and selling her work.

Thursday March 1st / 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 April 5th / 7pm
Denise Kovnat – Random Acts of Color – Process and Trunk Show

Denise Kovnat began to study weaving in 1998 when she joined the Weavers’ Guild of Rochester, NY. Currently, she weaves, dyes, knits, sews and spins in addition to teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in East Rochester and at national regional conferences. She creates fabrics, garments, and accessories to show and sell, and her garments have been juried into Handweavers Guild of America’s Convergence Fashion Shows since 2008. She has received Awards from the Handweavers Guild of America, the Weavers’ Guild of Rochester, and the Corn Hill Arts Festival.

Thursday May 3rd / 7pm

Presentation by juror, of the Handweavers Guild of America explaining the process of the examination for the Certificate of Excellence Examination in Dyeing

Thursday June 7th / 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

Knotting, Making Ends Meet with: Ed Bing Lee

Plant Fibers for Artist Papers with: Winnie Radolan