Helena Spinners’ and Weavers’ Guild, Inc. is dedicated to promoting interest and skills in hand weaving and hand spinning among the guild members and community.

  • HSWG 2023 Holiday Party Highlights
    Great friends, delicious food, and remarkable gifts made for a wonderful celebration. Trading was brisk for everything—hat-and-scarf sets, mittens, wood-burned kitchen tools, shawls, towels, aprons, hand-spun and hand-knitted scarves, a needle-felted necklace, and a bag of fluffy fleece!
  • Weft pile techniques
    Dawn Ahlert, instructor (January 20–21, 2024) Weavers were introduced to a variety of weft pile techniques such as knotted cut pile; looped pile, including pull-up loops and knotted loops; and combinations of textures and pile heights. Stay tuned: warp pile weaves will be another class.
  • Beginning Weavers Study Group
    HSWG is sponsoring a comprehensive study for beginning weavers this year. The objective of the program is to gain comfort with planning and design, reading drafts, warping the loom, weaving, and finishing projects. There will be 2 easy towel designs that are quick to warp and weave, giving you experience…
  • Making Decorative Dryer Balls
    Good times were had by all at Elaine Beagley’s dryer ball workshop on October 21. Participants learned how to needle-felt dryer balls and add decorative designs.
  • Color and Weave
    A 2-day class with Annette Schipf, May 20–21, 2023. In this round-robin workshop, each person threaded their own loom to a “type” of color and weave structure, such as twill, point twill, huck, log cabin, shadow weave, etc. Then everyone wove a sample on each loom. There is a wealth…
  • Rigid Heddle Weaving with Joanne Hall
    Weaving on a rigid heddle loom is fun and easy. The looms are small and portable and your pattern can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Participants in Joanne’s February 18–19, 2023, class enjoyed learning about color, design, and texture with some easy-to-learn techniques. Also discussed were…